Associate Professor Lynne Briggs's primary research goal has always been to make research and evaluation a much more lively activity in the clinical setting and in social work education both nationally and internationally. As evidenced in her publication record clinical practice with refugee and migrant clients presenting at mental health services provided the impetus for a program of research over several years into demoralization, with the main objective being to determine whether demoralization may provide a more relevant diagnosis than clinical depression. Lynne also has had extensive research experience into the impact of child abuse in adult life. More recently, she has included the specialist area of interventions in disasters to explore how social work responds to natural disasters and how disaster management may be included in curricula development for social work education. This specialization fits well with her overall research into the concept of demoralization-that is, when unpredicted and dramatic circumstances occur that result in major life changes from which there is no going back, people tend to become demoralized. Lynne has a strong publishing record, with over 30 international peer-reviewed publications, 1 edited text book, 20 book chapters and several industry and consultancy reports that have influenced policy and practice.
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