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The title of my doctoral thesis, completed in 2017, is: The lived experience of professional identity: A year-long study with newly qualified social workers. A methodology consisting of hermeneutic phenomenology and critical social work theory was utilised to explore how seventeen new social workers sustained and developed professional identity during the initial stages of their career. A range of factors impacted lived experience, including individual commitment to learning and development, meaningful relationships, access to professional development activities, and being recognised and valued as social workers, regardless their job title.

Research interests include:

-Professional identity in social work

-Frameworks for graduate support and development

-Social work education, field placement (workplace learning)

-Study abroad and international study programs in social work

-Interpretive phenomenology and critical research methodology

I am a co-leader of the Social Work Identity International Research Group (SWIIRG). Our group consists of academics and researchers from countries such as Australia, Japan, Israel and England. We are passionate about investigating the ever changing professional identity of social work across the globe. 

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 11 Dec 2017

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Research Output

An examination of support and development mechanisms for newly qualified social workers across the UK: Implications for Australian social work

Moorhead, B., Manthorpe, J. & Baginsky, M., Apr 2020, In : Practice (UK). 32, 2, p. 145-159 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • COVID-19 pandemic – the view from Australia

    Moorhead, B., 2020, Blog of the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationProfessional blog or online forum

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Transition and adjustment to professional identity as a newly qualified social worker

    Moorhead, B., Apr 2019, In : Australian Social Work. 72, 2, p. 206-218 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 5 Visiting an external organisation
    • 2 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee
    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 External research and teaching

    Nihon Fukushi University

    Karen Bell (Visiting researcher), & Bernadette Moorhead (Visiting researcher)

    04 Feb 202012 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external organisationAcademic

    British Journal of Social Work (Journal)

    Bernadette Moorhead (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal (Journal)

    Bernadette Moorhead (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    NIhon Fukushi University

    Bernadette Moorhead (Visiting researcher), , Karen Bell (Visiting researcher), & Wendy Bowles (Visiting researcher)

    03 Aug 201904 Aug 2019

    Activity: Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

    Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Kings College London

    Bernadette Moorhead (Visiting researcher)

    04 Jun 201808 Jun 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external organisationAcademic

    Press / Media

    Waarom social workers de krant moeten lezen

    Bernadette Moorhead

    16/05/11

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Melbourne, Darwin, next stop Dili: Social workers on the loose

    Bernadette Moorhead

    01/12/10

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Melbourne, Darwin, next stop Dili: Social workers on the loose

    Bernadette Moorhead & Stephanie Johnson

    01/01/10

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media