Dr Sonya Stanford - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Sonya Stanford

Adjunct Industry Fellow

Dr Sonya Stanford is the Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer, Social Work at the University of Tasmania. Sonya is also the Graduate Research Coordinator for Social Work in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Sonya began her social work career in 1992 and has experience in social work in both public- and private-sector organisations. Sonya earned her PhD is 2007 with the study 'The Operations of Risk: The Meaning, Emotion & Morality of Risk Identities in Social Work Practice' at the University of Tasmania. Her current research focus is on risk and social justice issues. Sonya has extensive experience in higher degrees by research supervision, including the supervision of nine PhD students.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work), Tas;  Master of Social Work, Tas; Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Tas.

Teaching areas
  • Social work practice framework
  • Social work changes
Research areas
  • Risk theory and practice in social work
  • Risk, social justice and mental health
  • Risk, social justice and welfare services
  • Risk, social justice and welfare conditionality
Memberships
  • Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work (Treasurer- current)
  • Affiliate Institute for the Study of Social Change UTAS
  • Member Mental Health Council (Tasmania)
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Member of Applied Social Analysis Network
Awards
  • University of Tasmania grant for 'High quality educational research into the use of e-portfolios (portfolios) to promote curriculum integration and lead evidence of attaining professional standards' (2018)
  • University of Tasmania grant for 'An exploration of University academic staffs self-perception about supporting diverse learners' (2018)
  • University of Tasmania grant for 'Reducing the impact of intergenerational trauma through collaborative learning' (2018)
  • University of Tasmania grant for 'Combating loneliness and suicide risk by activating third places: developing evidence-based interventions to build community resilience and wellbeing' (2018)
  • Best Academic Educator in Social Work - the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators (AASWWE) (2011)
Key Research Publications

Pease, B, Vreugdenhil, A, Stanford, S (eds) 2018, 'Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 296.

Sawyer, A & Stanford, S 2018, 'The Risks of Care and Caring about Risk in Mental Health' in  B Pease, A Vreugdenhil & S Stanford (ed) 2018 Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring, Routledge, New York, pp. 63-73.

Hendry, N, Robards, B & Stanford, S 2017, 'Beyond social media panics for 'at risk' youth in mental health practice' in S Stanford, NR Heller, E Sharland and J Warner (ed) Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 135-154.

Stanford, S, Sharland, E, Heller, N R & Warner J (eds) 2017, 'Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice', Macmillian Education UK, United Kingdom

Lemon, G, Stanford, S, Sawyer, A-M 2016, 'Trust and the dilemmas of suicide risk assessment in nongovernment mental health services', Australian Social Work, vol. 69, (2) pp. 145-157.

Sawyer, A-M, Stanford, S, Campbell, J 2016, 'Mental Health Social Work: Perspectives on Risk, Regulation, and Therapeutic Interventions', Australian Social Work, vol. 69, (2) pp. 129-132.

Stanford, S, Taylor, S 2013, 'Welfare Dependence or Enforced Deprivation? A Critical Examination of White Neoliberal Welfare and Risk', Australian Social Work, vol. 66, (4) pp. 476-494.

Stanford, S 2010, ''Speaking Back' to Fear: Responding to the Moral Dilemmas of Risk in Social Work Practice', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 40 (4) pp. 1065-1080.

Stanford, S, 2007, The Operations of Risk: The Meaning, Emotion & Morality of Risk Identities in Social Work Practice [PhD], University of Tasmania.

Contact Dr Sonya Stanford via email sstanfor@usc.edu.au.