Karen has a background in politics as a former Queensland state Labor minister and with the Queensland Council of Social Service. Karen Struthers was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy for her research entitled: "Pathways into Trades for Girls" from Griffith University.
Karen is currently a researcher with Prof. Clare Tilbury School of Human Services and Social Work evaluating a youth-led domestic violence prevention model #R4Respect
Queensland Minister for Community Services, Housing and Women in the Queensland State Government (2009-2012) and Member of Parliament (1998-2012).
Assistant Director, Queensland Council of Social Service (1994-1998).
Qualifications. PhD Griffith University 2016; Master of Public Sector Management (Hons) Griffith University and Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) University of Queensland.