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Prof Beth Crisp



Deputy Head of School


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Bachelor of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1995
Bachelor of Social Work, La Trobe University, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1985

+61 3 522 78430

Research interests

Professor Crisp has been actively involved in health and human services research for the last 25 years, initially in program development and evaluation in the areas of substance misuse, HIV/AIDS and health promotion. More recently, her research efforts have been in the area of professional development and the transfer of professional knowledge. From 2004 until 2008 she was involved in the evaluation of the new social work degree in England along with colleagues at the University of Glasgow and Kings College London. An ongoing interest which underpins Beths work is the need to establish measures and methodologies which form appropriate measures of evidence for the evaluation of complex programs in the human services. With other members of the Centre for Health Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) she has published Theorising Social Exclusion (Routledge, 2009) and Practising Social Inclusion (Routledge, 2013). Her other main interest is in the interface between religion and spirituality and social work practice and has published the books Spirituality and Social Work (Ashgate, 2010) and Social Work and Faith-based Organizations (Routledge, 2014).


Teaching interests

Unit Chair HSW705 Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion

3 Higher Degree Research students

Study abroad for social work students


Crisp, B.R., A social work framework for exploring spirituality across the lifespan in religiously diverse practice contexts. Keynote address to the North American Social Work and Spirituality Conference, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, June 2012.

Crisp, B.R. But what about the others? Invited Paper presented that Trauma & Transformation: The Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse Crisis, McGill University Centre for Research on Religion, Montreal, October 2011.

Crisp, B.R., What can a dialogue with Christian spirituality offer the human services? Paper presented to Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, Melbourne, July 2010.

Crisp, B.R., Addressing social exclusion: A priority for Social Work Education? Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, June 2010.

Crisp, B.R., Creating dialogue between spirituality and health and social care provision: A challenge worth undertaking? Paper presented at the Sources of Transformation: Revitalising Traditions of Christian Spirituality for Today conference, Twickenham, July 2009.

Crisp, B.R., Belonging and inclusion: Are they the same? Paper presented at Asia Pacific Social Work Conference, Auckland, November 2009.

Crisp, B.R. and Maidment, J., Swapping roles of swapping desks? When experienced practitioners becomes students on placement. Paper presented at the Practical Experiences in Professional Education Conference, Edinburgh, January 2008.

Professional activities

Professor Crisp is involved in a number of Departmental and Faculty committees:

  • Advisory Board (Social Work)
  • School Executive
  • Faculty Access and Equity Committee
  • Faculty Board
  • University Teaching and Learning Committee

Beyond Deakin, Beth is Secretary of the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work, a Consulting Editor for Journal of Social Work Education and a member of the Editorial Board for Australian Social Work. She regularly acts as a reviewer for a range of health and social work journals including Assessment and Evaluation in Higher EducationBritish Journal of Social Work, Health Promotion International, Journal of Social WorkQualitative Social Work and Social Work Education.



No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

An investigation into integrating research, policy and practice

Prof Evelyne de Leeuw, Prof Beth Crisp, Prof Karen Stagnitti

  • 2006: $76,106

Bystanders for Primary Prevention: a rapid review Proj ID: 26613

Prof Ann Taket, Prof Beth Crisp

  • 2018: $3,210
  • 2017: $20,364

Evidence gaps advice on loneliness, social isolation and chronic conditions.

Prof Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Prof Vicki White, Prof Beth Crisp, A/Prof Steve Bowe, A/Prof Adrienne O'Neil, A/Prof Lana Williams, Dr Lidia Engel, Dr Patrick Owen, Dr Matthew Dunn, Dr Fiona McKay, Dr James Lucas, Dr Sharon Horwood, Mrs Frances Beard

  • 2021: $31,832

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluation of the new social work degree qualification (England)

Prof Beth Crisp

  • 2006: $16,500

When experienced practitioners become social work students on placement

Prof Beth Crisp, Dr Jane Maidment

  • 2006: $2,273

Evaluation of the substance abuse and family support (SAFS) program of MacKillop Family Services

Prof Beth Crisp

  • 2006: $9,275


No completed student supervisions to report