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Dr Judith Burton

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work


Dr Judith Burton
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Social Work, Sociology
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Education (In-service) (Uni of South Australia)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators
  • Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability
  • Centre for Applied Youth Research
  • National Tertiary Education Union

Child and Family services, Prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect, Cross cultural child welfare, Evaluation

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Judith brings insights from a career in early childhood education and care to her teaching in the child and family services area.

She has been at QUT since 1999 and prior to that worked at Griffith University School of Human Services where she helped establish the child welfare major.

She also injects an interest in children’s and women’s issues across a number of units offered within the Social Work and Human Services Program.

She was a member of the (previously named) Department of Child Safety Research Advisory Group that helped establish the research agenda and protocols within the Department.

Research interests

  • Practitioner decision-making
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Collaborative service and program evaluation
  • Child and family services
  • Child and family studies

Judith’s doctoral research examined how the organisational context interacts with professional decision making and she brings this interest to collaborative evaluation.

Project highlights

  • Evaluation of an Early Intervention Project funded by a National Crime Prevention Grant
  • Evaluation of process for establishing a Youth Space
  • Exploration of the views of young people who had experienced homelessness on leaving care
This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


Teaching areas Judith teaches three units focused on services for children and families. She also provides guest lecturers in a number of units.

Postgraduate supervision: Judith is also on the supervision team of a number of postgraduate student projects including a qualitative study of family communication in Saudi Arabia, an examination of placement trajectories for children and young people in care, and legal decision making regarding children’s participation in family law matters.

This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


Real World engagement

  • Invited evalution of a children’s contact service
  • Previously a Management Committee Member of a women’s refuge
  • NTEU delegate

International engagement

  • Student supervision Dr HU Yang: Doctoral study of the needs of children left behind with kinship carers when parents migrate for work
  • Student supervision (ongoing) Faiz ALSAEDY: Doctoral study of how family communication in Saudi Arabia is affected by children’s access to media and technology.
This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.