Doctor of Philosophy | University of Technology Sydney
Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling | Flinders University
Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) | Sydney University
Bachelor of Arts | Sydney University
Kristin is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Sciences. Her research interests include caring, grief and bereavement, palliative and end-of-life care, social and structural determinants of health and well-being, equity-informed approaches to health and social care, and qualitative approaches, particularly with structurally vulnerable populations in mind. Kristin completed her PhD at IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation) at the University of Technology Sydney, where she is an Industry/Professional Fellow. Her PhD thesis was recognised on the 2022 UTS Chancellor’s List and focused on carer experiences of social welfare policy during and following informal care provision for someone with a life-limiting illness, specifically in relation to income support and public housing.
Kristin has practised as a social worker for over 19 years in clinical, research and project management roles, with an emphasis on bereavement and palliative care. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and the national Bereavement Consultant Lead for Palliative Care Social Work Australia. Having worked extensively with bereaved family members and carers in Western Sydney, Kristin has significant experience in the provision of bereavement counselling and therapeutic support, as well as experience of related service coordination and education delivery in both clinical and academic contexts.
2023 | Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through palliative care initiatives
2022 | University of Technology Chancellor's List in recognition of PhD thesis
2021 | Finalist in Emerging Researcher Category, National Palliative Care Awards
2021 | Editor's Choice Award, Palliative Medicine
2020 - ongoing | 'Understanding the end of life needs of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal Communities in WSLHD’, a mixed methods study, Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney University (Advisory committee)
2021 - current | Editorial Board, Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care
2021 - current | Industry/Professional Fellow, Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
2020 - current | National Consultant Lead (Bereavement), Palliative Care Social Work Australia