Professor Emeritus Thea Brown

Thea Brown, B.A., Dip. Social Work, (Univ. Sydney), Ph.D. (Univ. Melbourne)

Thea Brown is an academic policy and program researcher in family violence, partnership breakdown, filicide, and social work education. Her work on family violence in the context of partnership breakdown has led to new Family Court programs (Magellan Program) and legislative change Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures), 2011.  This work has been published by Allen and Unwin as Child Abuse and Family Law (co-authored with Renata Alexander) and as Family Violence and Family Law in Australia: The Experiences and Views of Children and Adults from Families who separated Post 1995 and post 2006, Vol 1 and Vol 2,  (co-authored with Dale Bagshaw, Sarah Wendt, Alan Campbell, Elspeth McInnes, Beth Tinning, Becky Batagol, Adiva Sifris, Danielle Tyson, and Paula Fernandez Arias) for the Commonwealth Attorney- General’s Department, Canberra.

She has carried out studies evaluating Men’s Behaviour Change Programs, in the short and long term.  The long term multi-state evaluation, A Study of the Impact on Men and Their Partners in the Short and Long Term of Attending Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (co-authored with Dr Cathi Flynn, Dr Paula Fernandez Arias and Dr Carlos Clavijo) is published in Violence Free Families.

Professor Brown is a co-convenor of the Monash Deakin Filicide research Hub which has carried out three published filicide research studies, 2013 – 2019, and one book, When Parents Kill Children, 2018, Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Danelle Tyson and Paula Fernandez Arias)  and sponsored four international conferences on filicide, 2013-2019.

She has been a member of state and Commonwealth policy committees on family violence, partnership breakdown, filicide and social work education and carried out many studies for NGOs across all these areas.