Professor Lynne McPherson is the Chair, Out of Home Care Research and Deputy Director Centre for Children and Young People, Faculty of Health Southern Cross University. Lynne's program of research has focussed on out of home care: foster care / kinship care /residential care, drawing on participatory methodology. Lynne is interested in looking beyond ‘care’ to ameliorating the impact of adversity- therapeutic models of care. A range of projects over last 10 years-reflect that interest, including her current ARC Linkage Grant 2022-2024 Strengthening Connections and Relationships in Therapeutic Residential Care )
Prior to becoming an academic, Lynne spent more than 25 years as a senior social work manager and practice leader in child protection and the wider child, youth and family sector. She has undertaken roles as a practitioner, manager, training consultant and senior policy advisor. Lynne became a social work academic just over 15 years ago, initially based in Melbourne at La Trobe University. Lynne joined the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in 2016 as an academic who is engaged in teaching and research.