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Associate Professor Kathryn Hay PhD, MPhil

Associate Professor

School of Social Work


Kathryn has published nationally and internationally and current research includes work-integrated learning; social work field education; readiness to practise of newly qualified social workers; social work and disaster management and social work fields of practice.  She is a registered social worker and a member of ANZASW.


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Contact details

  • Ph: 83518
    Location: 7.02, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Philosophy - Massey University (2001)

Prizes and Awards

  • National Project Fund Award from Ako Aotearoa ($300,00) with colleagues from Open Polytechnic, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury and Otago University to develop a professional capabilities framework for newly qualified, advanced and experts social work practitioners. - Ako Aotearoa (2016)
  • Ako Aotearoa awarded me and a University of Waikato collegue a Best Practice Publication Award to develop a publication on international practicum. the publication was published in 2016 and is a tool for tertiary staff and students planning international practica. - Ako Aotearoa (2015)
  • ANZSWWER Field Placement Recognition Award. - Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) (2019)
  • Awarded a Massey University Research Fund to undertake original research in the area of disaster management. The aim of the research is:How can social work as a profession in New Zealand prepare itself to respond to disasters in similar ways that social work responds to disasters in other nations/regions? - Massey University (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Field education 

Work integrated learning/ Cooperative learning

Regional policy-making

Pacific human rights arrangements


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific (160606): Political Science (160600): Social Work (160700): Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799): Studies In Human Society (160000)


social work education

work-integrated learning

social work and disaster management

readiness to practice of newly qualified social workers

fields of practice

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5

Completed Projects

Project Title: Hic sunt dracones: Advancing the sustainability and quality of social work field education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Project Title: Pacific human rights policy

Date Range: 2007 - 2008

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • May 2012- ongoing - Open Polytechnic Advisory Board
    Board member advising the social work programme.
  • 2006-2016 - Council for Social Work Education Chair of Field Education Committee
    Chair of field education committee.
  • August 2017- ongoing - Bethlehem Tertiary Institute
    External monitor

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Massey University Teaching Excellence Award - 2017

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award Category I Individual Award - 2012

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Hawa Fitzgerald - Doctor of Philosophy
    An exploration of Aotearoa New Zealand social workers application of knowledge into practice
  • Tuli Mapuilesua - Doctor of Philosophy
    O le tofa totosi ma lalaga: Correction's view of O le mafuli a Puou: An exploration of the opportunities and obstacles offenders (18-30) serving community sentence, face in their quest for new beginnings in Samoa.

Media and Links


  • 11 Feb 2020 - Online
    Research benefits social work education

Other Links

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