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Current Work

Research Fellow (casual), School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University.
Director, Screaming Birds Consultancy - research collaboration with YFS Ltd, Logan and Griffith University to evaluate the R4Respect youth-led domestic violence prevention program.


Expertise Keywords

  • Gender equality Domestic Violence

Research Publications and Outputs

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact


  • Other
    Senate Inquiry into Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality,   Parliament of Australia,   2017,  
    Invited to provide a submission to this Inquiry. Submission quoted in report of the Inquiry.http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Finance_and_Public_Administration/Gendersegregation/Submissions

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship



Karen Struthers was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy in 2016 for her research entitled: "Pathways into Trades for Girls" from Griffith University.
Current research
Karen is currently a Research Fellow (casual) with Prof. Clare Tilbury School of Human Services and Social Work. Her current research is evaluating a youth-led domestic violence prevention model #R4Respect.

Queensland Minister for Community Services, Housing and Women in the Queensland State Government (2009-2012) and Member of Parliament (1998-2012).
Assistant Director, Queensland Council of Social Service (1994-1998).
Director, Domestic Violence Resource Centre (1989-1994)

Qualifications. PhD Griffith University 2016; Master of Public Sector Management (Hons) Griffith University and Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) University of Queensland.
Griffith Health HDR Alumni of the Year 2016
Board Member, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Australian Association of Social Workers
Director, Screaming Birds Consultancy
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