Bernadette completed her Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree in 2008, at CSU.
Bernadette has been employed in the non-government sector in the areas of disabilities, school counselling, generalist counselling, community education and community development.
Bernadette has taught in subjects such as communication, grief and loss, case management, social policy, and fields of practice.
Bernadette currently teaches in theory and practice subjects, and workplace learning.
Bernadette is undertaking doctoral research on the identities of newly qualified social workers, within the first twelve months post-qualification. New social workers are in an important development phase of their careers and face a range of issues, including stressful workplaces and negotiating role and organisational identities. A phenomenological research design is employed to holistically explore this phenomenon.