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A/Prof. Sophie Goldingay



Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury (NZ), 2009
Diploma in Social Studies, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1996
Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1993


Sophie Goldingay is Associate Professor at the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research and Innovation Institute (NIKERII), Deakin University. Prior to this she was Associate Head of School Teaching and Learning in the School of Health and Social Development.  She initiates projects to ensure students' retention, belonging and success, and works to initiate and maintain decolonising practies within the School, Faculty and University.  She uses mixed methods and decolonising research approaches with people who are neuro-diverse or jugglining multiple life challenges to explore and improve equity and access in education.  She publishes books and articles with a focus on people's strengths and approaches for working with them effectively. She led a team which created a Multidimensional Framework for Embedded Academic Skill Development which won the Deakin Vice Chancellor's award for Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access in 2012. The project has led to significant developments across the Faculty of Health, including a Pathways project with the local TAFE in Geelong, and a project embedding academic skills into the Bachelor of Social Work. She is also the recipient of two teaching awards, one from the School of Health and Social Development as part of a project team  and a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Health.

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Research interests

Sophie's research interests include qualitative and quantitative research with  secondary school and tertiary students, and influences on identity and wellbeing for staff and students in these settings. Sophie also contributes to the evidence base of effective online pedagogies to support access to education for those juggling multiple roles in life or who live in remote and rural locations.


Teaching interests

Online and simulated learning and flipped classroom pedagogies, students as partners, connected pedagogies, self-determination.

Units taught

HSW 703, HSW212, HSW402, HSW221, HSW322


Key note speaker at Barwon Health Symposium "Building our practice expertise in health ad mentla health: Ideas to innovations" 2016.

Professional activities

Member of the Editorial board for the ANZSWWER Journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education.  Registered social worker Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) with current practising certificate (Aotearoa New Zealand)


Sophie Goldingay received the Vice Chancellor's award for Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access and has recieved two teaching awards. She received the TNS prize for Most Effective Research in 2007. She is the recipient of two SPEaR Linkages grants (2005 and 2007) and also a Ministry of Education overseas study grant.


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Promoting equity by illuminating academic roles and identities in teaching students from diverse backgrounds

J Ryan, J Ryan, S Goldingay, S Goldingay, S Macfarlane, S Macfarlane, D Hitch, D Hitch

(2023), Vol. 28, pp. 699-716, Teaching in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Problematising Artificial Intelligence in Social Work Education: Challenges, Issues and Possibilities

David Hodgson, Sophie Goldingay, Jennifer Boddy, Sharlene Nipperess, Lynelle Watts

(2022), Vol. 52, pp. 1-18, The British Journal of Social Work, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

University leadership as engaged pedagogy: A call for governance reform

J Ryan, S Goldingay

(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 122-139, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Experiencing Aboriginal Perspectives Through the Embodied Concept of the Tree of Life: Implications for Developing a Teaching Resource

J Satour, S Goldingay

(2021), Vol. 74, pp. 198-209, Australian Social Work, C1

journal article

The Use of Photovoice in Research With People on the Autism Spectrum: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature

P Do, P Frawley, S Goldingay, A O'Shea

(2021), Vol. 87, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, C1

journal article

Questioning identities: social service workers transition to being social work students

K Robinson, S Goldingay

(2021), Social Work Education, C1

journal article

Implicit play or explicit cognitive behaviour therapy: The impact of intervention approaches to facilitate social skills development in adolescents

S Goldingay, K Stagnitti, N Robertson, G Pepin, L Sheppard, B Dean

(2020), Vol. 67, pp. 360-372, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Online and Blended Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia: Negotiating the Tensions

Sophie Goldingay, David Hodgson, Jennifer Boddy, Sharlene Nipperess, Lynelle Watts

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 62-74, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives

T Ward, S Goldingay, J Parson

(2019), Vol. 189, pp. 270-283, Early child development and care, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Simulating social work practice online with digital storytelling: challenges and opportunities

S Goldingay, S Epstein, D Taylor

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 790-803, Social Work Education, C1

journal article

Evaluating equity initiatives in higher education: Processes and challenges from one Australian university

Greer Lamaro Haintz, Sophie Goldingay, Renee Heckman, Tanya Ward, Zobedah Afrouz, Kelly George

(2018), Vol. 5, pp. 92-105, International Studies in Widening Participation, Callaghan, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Deakin University's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Evaluation Report 2018

Greer Lamaro Haintz, Sophie Goldingay, Tanya Ward, Rojan Afrouz, Renee Heckman, Kelly George

(2018), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Australian social work academics' perceptions of their teaching roles within higher education

S Goldingay, G Lamaro Haintz, J Ryan, D Hitch, S Macfarlane

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 975-988, Higher Education Research and Development, C1

journal article

Preparing social work graduates for digital practice: ethical pedagogies for effective learning

S Goldingay, J Boddy

(2017), Vol. 70, pp. 209-220, Australian social work, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

From institutional care to life in an Australian family: the experiences of intercountry adoptees

B Scarvelis, B Crisp, S Goldingay

(2017), Vol. 60, pp. 423-434, International social work, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Making sense of differnt theoretically informed approaches in doing critical social work

N Hosken, S goldingay

(2016), pp. 52-69, Doing critical social work: transformative practices for social justice, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

A rotational social work field placement model in regional health

N Hosken, L Green, J Laughton, R Van Ingen, F Walker, S Vassos, S Goldingay

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 72-87, Advances in social work and welfare education, Southport, Qld., C1

journal article

Transforming roles to support student development of academic literacies: a reflection on one team's experience

S Goldingay, D Hitch, A Carrington, S Nipperess, V Rosario

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 334-346, Reflective practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

An intervention to improve social participation for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: pilot study

S Goldingay, K Stagnitti, L Sheppard, J McGillivray, B McLean, G Pepin

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 122-130, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Implementing the social inclusion agenda

B Crisp, A Taket, M Graham, L Hanna

(2014), pp. 249-256, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, England, B1

book chapter

Scoping social inclusion practice

A Taket, B Crisp, M Graham, L Hanna, S Goldingay

(2014), pp. 3-42, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Inclusive service design for young people with learning disabilities who exhibit behaviours of concern

S Goldingay, K Stagnitti

(2014), pp. 106-114, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, England, B1

book chapter

Indigenous subjectivities. How young women prisoners subvert domination representations to maintain their sense of intrinsic worth

S Goldingay, T Mataki

(2014), pp. 144-156, The politics of recognition and social justice: transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance, New York, NY, B1

book chapter

'The university didn't actually tell us this is what you have to do': Social inclusion through embedding of academic skills in first year professional courses

S Goldingay, D Hitch, J Ryan, D Farrugia, N Hosken, G Lamaro, C Nihill, S Macfarlane

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 43-53, International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Emotion: the 'e' in engagement in online distance education in social work

S Goldingay, Land, C

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 58-72, Journal of open, flexible and distance learning, Palmerston North, NZ, C1

journal article

Do schools promote social inclusion? The experiences of intercountry adoptees in Australia

B Scarvelis, B Crisp, S Goldingay

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 61-77, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, QLD, C1

journal article

Women and violence

S Goldingay, A Taylor

(2013), pp. 92-101, Understanding violence : context and practice in the human services, Christchurch, New Zealand, B1

book chapter

The Role of TAFE as an Equity Pathway to Social Inclusion, Employment, and to University : a submission from The Deakin University Social Work/Gordon TAFE Community Services Work, Geelong Based Project Team

N Hosken, C Land, S Goldingay, P Barnes, K Murphy

(2013), Geelong, Vic, A6

research report/technical paper

Practising social inclusion

A Taket, B Crisp, S Goldingay, M Graham, L Hanna, L Wilson

(2013), New York, N.Y., A7

edited book

I would've been so overwhelmed...: the importance of TAFE in supporting success for low SES students in HE

N Hosken, S Goldingay, C Land, P Barnes, K Murphy

(2013), pp. 1-1, FYHE 2013 :Proceedings of the First Year in Higher Education 2013 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


That social side of things: students' experiences of social and physical place

S Goldingay, N Hosken, C Land, P Barnes, K Murphy

(2013), pp. 164-174, Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching Volume 36 : Refereed papers of the 36th HERDSA Annual International Conference. 2013, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


Academic skills and beyond : a resource based approach to support student success in higher education

D Hitch, S Goldingay, N Hosken, G Lamaro, S Macfarlane, C Nihill, J Ryan, D Farrugia

(2012), Vol. 6, Journal of academic language and learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal article

Getting it right in the mix : teaching social work practice skills inclusively to diverse student groups

S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 101-116, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1

journal article

'Without fists' : age-mixing and its influence on safety and criminal contamination in women's prisons

S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 17-25, Youth studies Australia, Hobart, Tas., C1

journal article

The rise of the 'silver surfer' : online social networking and social inclusion for older adults

C Doyle, S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 40-54, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1

journal article

A multidimensional framework for embedded academic skill development : transition pedagogy in social work

S Goldingay, S Macfarlane, D Hitch, N Hosken, G Lamaro, D Farrugia, C Nihill, J Ryan

(2012), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Jail mums : the status of adult female prisoners amongst young female prisoners in Christchurch women's prison

S Goldingay

(2007), Vol. 31, pp. 56-73, Social policy journal of New Zealand : te puna whakaaro, Wellington, New Zealand, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

Lan Phuong Do

Thesis entitled: School Factors Influencing Bullying, Safety and Well-being of Autistic Students

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health and Social Development

Associate Supervisor

Jacqueline Margaret Edwards

Thesis entitled: Family-Centred Occupational Therapy: What do Therapists and Low-Socioeconomic Families Value?

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health and Social Development


Beverly Ann Scarvelis

Thesis entitled: From institutional care to living in South Australia: intercountry adoption

Master of Social Work, School of Health and Social Development