Bernadette has been an academic at CSU since 2010. Prior to academia, Bernadette worked in the non-government sector in the fields of disability, school counselling, generalist counselling, community education and community development.
Bernadette has a strong professional and research interest in the support and development needs of newly qualified social workers.
Bernadette has taught a range of subjects in the discipline of social work and human services, including communication, grief and loss, fields of practice, case management, international social development and social policy.
Bernadette currently teaches in social work theory and practice subjects and workplace learning (field placement).
The title of Bernadette's doctoral thesis, completed in 2017, is: The lived experience of professional identity: A year-long study with newly qualified social workers. A methodology consisting of hermeneutic phenomenology and critical social work theory was utilised to explore how seventeen new social workers sustained and developed professional identity during the initial stages of their career. A range of factors impacted lived experience, including individual commitment to learning and development, meaningful relationships, access to professional development activities, and being recognised and valued as social workers, no matter their job title.
Research interests include: