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Dr Polly Yeung PhD, MSW(Appl), BA

Senior Lecturer

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Social Work

I am currently a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work. My teaching involve social policy, community development and research methods. My research in ageing, citizenship, veterinary social work and health and wellbeing continues to contribute to my teaching areas and research methodological development. 


Contact details

  • Ph: 06-3569099 ext 83514
    Location: 7.33, SST
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Curtin University of Technology (2009)
  • Master of Social Work (Applied) - Massey University (2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Auckland (2000)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Aging and Disability, Citizenship Participation, Social Work Education


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Counselling, Welfare and Community Services (160702): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3
Team Member 1 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Lewis Fitch - Understanding and tools for prevention of mental health stress in animal care staff: case studies of oiled wildlife responders

No matter what news channel you watch there is increasing coverage of world disasters, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes or oil spills and all of these involve the need for animal as well as human care response. However, emergency response cannot be done without emergency responders. There is little research investigating the mental health or stress risks of animal emergency responders, or on the programs, processes or training required to retain and allow staff to be resilient and thrive in their roles. Oiled wildlife response has become an important part of any oil spill event. Providing care for wildlife can enrich the lives of carers often termed and measured as Compassion Satisfaction (CS). Conversely, the work can be deeply challenging; financially, emotionally and physically, jeopardizing carers wellbeing and putting them at risk of Compassion Fatigue (CF). Limited information is available to determine the individual variables of animal care staff that can relate to CS and CF. However, by having a better understanding of the potential for CS and the risk of CF among animal care givers both professionals and volunteers, it is anticipated that proactive, protective strategies can be designed, taught and lessen mental health risks and provide better resilience and retention at all staff levels.
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Date Range: 2018 - 2019

Funding Body: Lewis Fitch Veterinary Research Fund

Project Team:

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 179.202 Applied Research for Social Policy and Social Work
  • 179.702 Advanced Research Methods
  • 179.777 Disability, Consumer Rights and Advocacy
  • 179.891 Applied Research in Social Work
  • 179.913 Advanced Social Work Research and Evaluation
  • 279.201 Social Policy: Concepts and Theories

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Rebecca Parr - Doctor of Social Work
    Social Work and harm reduction
  • Philippa Wood - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Role of Organisation in Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in Aotearoa

Co-supervisor of:

  • Pamela MacNeill - Doctor of Philosophy
    An investigation of employment barriers experienced by disabled New Zealanders
  • Megan Hempel - Doctor of Philosophy
    Developing the health and ageing study as a lifetime longitudinal study

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