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Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre for Children and Families, University of Sydney

Dr Susan Collings is Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Children and Families which focuses on research with vulnerable families, including those involved in child protection and out of home care. Susan leads research that explores the complex issues facing vulnerable families and that aims to improve the way services and systems work. Susan is passionate about using participatory approaches to ensure collaboration with people with lived experience in designing solutions that meet their needs and recognise their strengths. She is recognised for her contribution to the field of parenting with disability.


  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2014–2017
    Research Associate, UNSW
  • 2012–2014
    Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2009–2011
    Research Associate, University of Sydney


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2007 
    UNSW, Master of Public Health
  • 1991 
    Macquarie University, Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Fostering Lifelong Connections for Children in Permanent Care
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2019
    Evaluation of the ILC project: Parents on the Outside
    Funding Source:
    National Disability Insurance Agency : Information, Linkage and Capacity Building project
  • 2019
    NSW Family Group Conferencing Evaluation
    Funding Source:
    Department of Communities and Justice

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability
  • Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability