Karen is professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Queensland. She is a leading social work researcher and from 2011-2017 was President of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She is also past President of the Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education. Karen has authored numerous publications on social work practice and policy, particularly in the field of child protection and issues relating to its workforce. She is a strong advocate of developing child protection policy and practice within a framework that values evidence-based decision making. In 2016, Karen was made a member of the Order of Australia for her services to social work in the fields of child protection, higher education and research.
PhD, BSocWk (Hons), GAICD
Director since 4 April 2011