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Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Social Planning, Flinders University

I have been at Flinders University since 1973, and since 2003 have been Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

I have been president of the Australian Society of Herpetologists, Assistant Secretary General of the World Congress of Herpetology and Vice president of the Royal Society of SA.

I have been first named CI on 24 ARC grants, have published over 240 papers in the peer reviewed literature, and have been principal supervisor for 49 research higher degree students.

I have served on the ARC College of Experts Biological Science panel, and have been Managing Editor of the journal "Austral Ecology" since 1997. In that role I also serve on the Council of the Ecological Society of Australia.

I have been chair of the Scientific Program Committee for INTECOL10 (2009) and the 2nd and 4th World Congresses of Herpetology (1993, 2001)


  • 1990–present
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • 1976–1990
    Social Worker, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada


  • 1976 
    University of Windsor, Canada, Master of Social Work
  • 1973 
    University of Windsor, Canada, Bachelor of Social Work


  • 2009
    Loss (Chapter 11), in P Barkway (ed) Psychology for Health Professionals, Elsevier Australia
  • 2004
    Developing and evaluating the GriefLink website: processes, protocols, dilemmas and lessons learned , Death Studies, 28, 955-970.
  • 2003
    Lessons from a community’s response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 46 (1), 35-49.
  • 1998
    Losses in families affected by dementia: coping strategies and service issues, Journal of Family Studies, 4 (2), 187-199.
  • 1997
    Structure and stresses: when a family member is dying (chapter), in J. Morgan (ed) Readings in Thanatology, Baywood Publishing.

Research Areas

  • Social Work (1607)


2010 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (team award with Assoc Prof Carol Irizarry) 1995 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Flinders University of South Australia