Dr Simon Finnigan is a social worker and also has a PhD in psychology. Since 2002 he has worked collaboratively on various multi-disciplinary clinical research projects, including international collaborations between health services, universities and industry. This includes two years at Trinity College and St James Hospital, Dublin. Simon’s professional social work experience has chiefly been gained at Brisbane Youth Service (housing/tenancy case management and acute/crisis teams) and Metro North Hospital & Health Service (hospitals and community clinics).
Some areas of particular interest to Simon include mental health social work, brain injury, cognitive decline, cross-cultural social work, end-of-life care and trauma-informed practice. He has authored numerous papers published in international journals, supervised six PhD students to completion, attracted several millions of dollars of funding and been a consultant to industry and NSW Ministry of Health. Simon also holds a Senior Research Fellow position at the University of Queensland (Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit), is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is committed to supporting social workers and other health practitioners to undertake research and service quality improvement activities.
Research interest and experience: Mental health, Cognition, Brain injury, Trauma, Cross-cultural, Social Work