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Dr Kate Jonathan

Dr Kate Jonathan
Name Kate Jonathan
Pronoun She/Her/Hers
Position Senior Lecturer (Social Work and Human Services)
Section School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Office B306
Location Ipswich Campus
Phone +61 7 3812 6397
Extension 6397
Qualifications BSocWk Teesside , PGCertT&L BOLTON , MPubHlth Sheffield , PhD York

Kate Jonathan is a senior lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to joining UniSQ, Kate has worked for the University of Sunshine Coast, where she was the Social Sciences campus lead for Fraser Coast, and commenced the teaching of the Social Work degree program. She also obtained a $10,000 USC collaboration grant and Queensland Health - Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) support in-kind for a research mapping suicide prevention resources in the Fraser Coast region. She trained as a social worker and mental health nurse in the UK and completed her PhD in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of York. She is a qualitative researcher and her doctoral study explored parenting patterns in families of Pakistani origin living in Bradford, UK. She obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her MPH project explored practitioner-patient relationships in mental healthcare. Kate is an educator motivated by the mission to support and add value to individuals, acknowledging and respecting their uniqueness and the values each one possesses that enable them find fulfillment, their unique contributions to society, and become their authentic self. Her research interest and writing are rooted in multiculturalism, inclusion, and spirituality, self-study, suicide prevention, social work education and global practice, as well as the wellbeing of the migrant community. She worked in homelessness, mental health, forensic, and community settings in the UK.

Fields of Research (FoR)
• Social work not elsewhere classified (440999)
• Mental health and wellbeing (420313)
• Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (441013)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Current and future teaching courses
CDS2000: Ethical Issues and Human Rights in the Human Services
HSW1000: Foundations of the Human Services Disciplines
HSW2200: Disability Theory and Concepts
HSW8220: Promoting Community Access and Inclusion
SWK1100: Decolonising Social Work: Multicultural Australia

12 Years