Dr Barbara Staniforth



Barbara Staniforth is the Acting Associate Dean Academic for the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She is a registered social worker and continues to engage in supervision practice. She is a full member of the ANZASW and is actively involved in teaching, research and post graduate supervision. 

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Research | Current

Barbara’s main areas of research interest lie in professional issues related to social work identity, theory and practice.  She has focused particularly on the role of counselling in social work. She is also interested in the history of social work in Aotearoa and of documenting the contribution that others have made to the developing profession. Barbara has extensive experience in working in the mental health field and is interested in the role of social work in mental health and the experiences of children and families who are connected to mental health services.

Teaching | Current

Barbara has taught in many aspects of social work education at both Undergraduate and Masters levels. She has taught in the areas of:

  • Social work theory and practice
  • Working with children and families/whānau
  • Field education
  • Advanced professional practice
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical social work
  • Mental health and trauma

Postgraduate supervision

Barbara has extensive experience in the supervision of students at Masters level and PhD levels. Areas of interest include professional social work, social work history, mental health, clinical social work and counselling, and health social work.


Associate Dean Academic

Areas of expertise

Mental health, social work history, social work identity, counselling in social work

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Regular reviewer for journals in Aotearoa New Zealand, and other international journals
  • Sits on the editorial committee of the Australian journal Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education
  • Frequent reviewer of books for various journals

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Staniforth, B. L. (2018). Social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Biculturalism and professionalism in social work education. New Zealand. In C. Nieto- Morales, De Martino Bermúdez S (Eds.) Social work in XXI Century St. Challenges for academic and professional training (pp. 301-314). Madrid, Spain: Dykinson. 10.2307/j.ctv6hp39z.19
  • Beddoe, L., Staniforth, B. L., & Fouché CB (2017). ‘Proud of what I do but often … I would be happier to say I drive trucks’: Ambiguity in social workers’ self-perception. Qualitative Social Work10.1177/1473325017725801
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Christa Fouche
  • Staniforth, B., Deane, K. L., & Beddoe, L. (2016). Comparing public perceptions of social work and social workers’ expectations of the public view. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28 (1), 13-24. 10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss1id112
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kelsey Deane, Liz Beddoe
  • Staniforth, B. (2015). Communication skills in social work. In J. D. Wright (Ed.) International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (pp. 284-290). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.28119-1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26141
  • Staniforth, B. L., Fouche, C., & Beddoe, L. (2014). From two sides: Perceptions of social work.. Paper presented at Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia. 9 July - 12 July 2014. Related URL.
  • Staniforth, B., Fouche, C. B., & Beddoe, L. (2014). Public perception of social work and social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 26 (2/3), 48-60. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Christa Fouche
  • Staniforth, B. L., & Noble, C. (2014). Social work education in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. In C. Noble, H. Strauss, B. Littlechild (Eds.) Global social work: Crossing borders, blurring boundaries (pp. 171-184). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Staniforth, B. L., Fouche, C., & Beddoe, L. (2013). Public Perception of Social Work and Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Paper presented at Social Worker Registration Board Conference, Protecting the Public Enhancing the Profession, Wellington, New Zealand. 11 November - 12 November 2013.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 406
New Zealand