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Catherine works in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer; she teaches Social Work Research in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses and coordinates the Social Work Honours program. Her research affiliation is with the Criminal Justice Research Consortium (CJRC).

Catherine completed her doctoral study examining the impact of maternal incarceration on adolescents in 2009.This has led to broader ARC funded research examining the care planning needs and experiences of children when their primary carer is incarcerated. Catherine continues to be actively engaged in a range of collaborative research project.  Recent research includes: examining women's experiences exiting from prison in Victoria; evaluating men's behaviour change programs; investigating children's visiting programs in prisons; and describing preparedness for placement for social work students in Papua New Guinea. 

Before joining the Social Work Department at Monash, Catherine worked in direct practice for ten years sharing her time between Australia and Northern Ireland. Her direct practice experiences and interests include:casework with young people at risk' and in contact with the juvenile justice system; young parents and family violence.  Her recent books include, a co-authored text Research in social work and social care (with Assoc. Prof. Fiona McDermott);  co-editing of Children of Prisoners (Law in context) with Dr. Anna Eriksson (Criminology - Monash University) and co-editing of Imprisoned Fathers: responding to a growing concern (Child care in Practice) with Dr. Michelle Butler (Criminology - Queens University Belfast)

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Projects 2011 2017

Research Output 2007 2018

Animating social work research findings: A case study of research dissemination to benefit marginalized young people

Rose, C. & Flynn, C., 2018, In : Visual Communication. 17, 1, p. 25-46 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Building Knowledge of Consumer Participation in Criminal Justice in Australia: A Case Study: A case study

De'Ath, S., Flynn, C. A. & Field-Pimm, M., 1 Mar 2018, In : International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. 7, 1, p. 76-90 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Geographical inequity in social work research: A snapshot of research publications from the global South

Roche, S. & Flynn, C., 31 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Social Work. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


SPHC Research and Research Degrees Committee ECR Publication Award

Catherine Flynn (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vice-Chancellor's Social Inclusion Award

Catherine Flynn (Recipient), Kerry Anne Brydon (Recipient) & Robyn Ann Mason (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2018

  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Child Care in Practice (Journal)

Catherine Flynn (Guest editor), Michelle Butler (Guest editor)
9 Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Law in Context (Journal)

Anna Eriksson (Guest editor), Catherine Anne Flynn (Guest editor)
1 Mar 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility