Devaki completed her PhD in social work from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She has presented at national and international conferences on settlement, citizenship and social work practice in multicultural communities. She is passionate about conducting research on immigration and settlement; immigrant resettlement and relocation in regional areas; human rights; diversity and disadvantage.
Elise has been involved with research projects on youth mental health and family relationships; children’s participation in child protection; experiences of supervised contact for families; and homelessness. Her PhD explored young people’s experiences of family connectedness, from which a tool to support assessment and intervention in family relationships is currently being developed.
Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake
Dr Gabrielle Drake is Associate Professor of Social Work and Deputy Head, School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University. Dr Drake is a recognised expert in the areas of social policy, mental health and disability, and homelessness and housing pathways. Gabrielle’s research interests include social work practice in mental health; disability; boarding houses; children’s wellbeing; housing and homelessness pathways; consumer and carer voices in social work education; and inclusive and emancipatory research. Gabrielle has twenty years practice experience spanning a variety of roles and practice settings including community and public sector management, strategic policy and reform, research and oversight.
Associate Professor Joanna Zubrzycki
Research Interests: Collaborative research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and communities; Social work with asylum seekers and refugees; Workforce issues in the human services; and Embedding Indigenous perspectives in social work education.
Research Interests: Research with children and young people about sensitive issues; Participatory research and evaluation methodologies; Child protection policy and practice; Early intervention and prevention; Drug and alcohol policy and practice; and Workforce issues in the human services.
As a ‘pracademic’, I bring my experience of social work practice into the research and teaching space. Through research, I aim to highlight issues pertinent to current practice, such as the ways in which we understand and utilise technology in social work, as well as ways we can enrich the teaching and learning of emerging social workers. As a social work practitioner, my research is focused on evaluation of human services and service modelling. I am currently completing my PhD project, “Social Work and Technology: Rethinking Relationships” at Western Sydney University, under the supervision of Dr Amanda Third, Dr Brian Stout and Dr Bob Hodge.