Professor Debbie Plath - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

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Professor Debbie Plath commenced at the Australian Catholic University in February 2018 as National Discipline Lead for Social Work. She has broad experience in social work practice, education, research and consultancy with particular expertise in the inter-relationship between research and practice in social work. She has published widely on approaches to evidence-informed practice in social work, most recently with the book Engaging Human Services with Evidence-Informed Practice (2017, NASW Press). Her approach focuses on the critical interconnection between research knowledge, relationship building and critical reflection for effective social work practice and the organisational processes required to sustain a research-informed approach. Professor Plath previously held senior social work academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney. She is also chairperson on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) social work education programs accreditation panel.

Contact

Phone :+61297014757 (Strathfield)
Email :debbie.plath@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Social Work ; Social Policy ; Evidence-informed practice ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative ; Mixed methods ; Participatory research ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications

2018

Plath, D. (2018). School-based program for young children with disruptive behaviours: Two-year follow-up, Children Australia. Online publication in 30 January, 2018. doi:10.1017/cha.2018.2

2017

Plath, D. (2017). Engaging Human Services with Evidence-Informed Practice, Washington, NASW Press.

2016

Plath, D., Crofts, P. & Stuart, G. (2016). Engaging Families in Early Intervention for Child Conduct Concerns. Children Australia, 41 (1): 49-58.

Plath, D., Williams, L. & Wood, C. (2016). Clinicians??? views on parental involvement in the treatment of adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, Eating Disorders. 24 (5): 393-411.

Plath, D., Croce, N., Crofts, P. & Stuart, G. (2016). Outcomes of a school-based program for young children with disruptive behaviors. Children & Schools, 38 (1): 9-19.

2015

Gray, M., Joy, E., Plath, D. & Webb, S. (2015). What supports and impedes evidence-based practice implementation? A survey of Australian social workers, British Journal of Social Work. 45 (2): 667-684.

2014

Fawcett, B. & Plath, D. (2014). A National Disability Insurance Scheme: What Social Work has to offer, British Journal of Social Work, 44 (3): 747-762.

Gray, M., Joy, E., Plath, D. & Webb, S. (2014). Opinions about evidence: A study of social workers??? attitudes towards evidence-based practice, Journal of Social Work, 14 (1): 23-40.

Plath, D. (2014). Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: An Organisational Perspective, British Journal of Social Work, 44 (4): 905-923

2013

Gray, M., Joy, E., Plath, D. & Webb, S. (2013). Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: A Review of the Empirical Research Literature, Research on Social Work Practice, 23 (2): 157-166.

Plath, D. (2013). Organisational processes supporting evidence-based practice, Administration in Social Work, 37 (2):171-188.

2012

Gibbons, J. & Plath, D. (2012). Single Session Social Work in Hospitals, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 33 (1): 39-53.

Other information

Professor Debbie Plath commenced at the Australian Catholic University in February 2018 as National Discipline Lead for Social Work. She has broad experience in social work practice, education, research and consultancy with particular expertise in the inter-relationship between research and practice in social work. She has published widely on approaches to evidence-informed practice in social work, most recently with the book Engaging Human Services with Evidence-Informed Practice (2017, NASW Press). Her approach focuses on the critical interconnection between research knowledge, relationship building and critical reflection for effective social work practice and the organisational processes required to sustain a research-informed approach. Professor Plath previously held senior social work academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney. She is also chairperson on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) social work education programs accreditation panel.