Dr Rowlands taught in the Department from 2003-2006, with a focus on social work research methods, disability and medical social work, and trauma and disaster recovery management. Research projects conducted included Hospital social workers’ response to SARS in Singapore, 2003; Caregivers of Adults with Cerebral Palsy – “the positive side to caring”; and the Family Caregiving in Singapore project. Dr Rowlands is part of the steering group developing an international network of social workers practising in the field of brain injury.
Previously at The University of Newcastle, Dr Rowlands’ research interests are in the brain injury field, and disaster management and trauma recovery. She has recently co-edited Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice: Recovery and Rebuilding (Haworth, 2007) along with a co-authored paper in Social Development Issues on community rebuilding after the Asian Tsunami. She was Secretary of the FAST project (Families and Survivors of Tsunami Project; http://www.fastproject.net/).
Dr Rowlands is currently based in Australia, engaged as a consultant to the New South Wales Department of Community Services in a strategic planning and disaster recovery management role, and holds a conjoint position at The University of Newcastle.