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Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue PhD, MPhil, DipSocSc, BTheo

Head of School - School of Social Work

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Social Work

Kieran has published nationally and internationally in the areas of social work theory and practice, social work supervision and in relation to the social work profession. He is a registered social worker and a member of ANZASW. 


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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 9516517
    Location: 7.31 7th Floor, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2010)
  • Master of Philosophy (Distinction) - Massey University (1999)
  • Diploma in Social Sciences - Massey University (1996)
  • Bachelor of Theology - University of Otago (1992)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • I was awarded the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Quality and Innovation Trophy for Excellence in Research and Certificate for Research Excellence. The Panel making the award made the following comments: This certificate is awarded to Kieran O’Donoghue in showing the exhaustive research approach undertaken to develop innovative yet grounded social work practice. Through the range of publications presented in the application, the research evidences models and frameworks that are important to inform the development of social work supervision. The diverse range of approaches illustrates utilising substantive research methodology to analyse a historical review of supervision research, as well as other research of current practice. In addition the value of the work presented is demonstrated through the practical application offered beyond the academic reading audience, into evidence based social work practice in Aotearoa and internationally. - Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research interests are social work supervision, social work theory and practice and the social work profession. Associate Professor O'Donoghue  is a Research Associate of the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.



Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Social work supervision

Social work theory and practice

Mixed Methods research (Participant selection design)

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Kieran has taught extensively across the areas of social work theory and practice, fieldwork practice and social work supervision.

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 5 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Marjorie Lipsham - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Hawa Fitzgerald - Doctor of Philosophy
    An exploration of Aotearoa New Zealand social workers application of knowledge into practice
  • Thara Prabhakar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Equity: Contemporary Challenges faced by Adivasis of Wayanad.
  • Lynsey Ellis - Doctor of Philosophy
    Educating for our future: addressing the relevance of climate change impacts in New Zealand social work.
  • Tuli Mapuilesua - Doctor of Philosophy
    O le tofa totosi ma lalaga: Correction's view of O le mafuli a Puou: An exploration of the opportunities and obstacles offenders (18-30) serving community sentence, face in their quest for new beginnings in Samoa.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Paule Ruwhiu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Emancipate yourself form mental slavery, none but ourselves will free our minds' 'Wetekia te mauhere o te hinengaro, ma tatou ano e whakaora, whakawat
  • 2015 - Moses Faleolo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Hard-Hard-Solid! Life histories of Samoans in bloods youth gangs in New Zealand

Media and Links


  • 28 Jul 2015 - Online, Newspaper
    Social workers call for mandatory registration
  • 23 Sep 2015 - Online
    National Social Workers Day
  • 12 May 2015 - Online
    Sharing social work supervision research

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