Kieran O’donoghue Massey University

Kieran has published nationally and internationally in the areas of social work theory and practice, social work supervision and in relation to the social work profession. He is a registered social worker and a member of ANZASW. 

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 9516517
    Location: 7.31 7th Floor, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy – Massey University (2010)
  • Master of Philosophy (Distinction) – Massey University (1999)
  • Diploma in Social Sciences – Massey University (1996)
  • Bachelor of Theology – University of Otago (1992)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • I was awarded the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Quality and Innovation Trophy for Excellence in Research and Certificate for Research Excellence. The Panel making the award made the following comments: This certificate is awarded to Kieran O’Donoghue in showing the exhaustive research approach undertaken to develop innovative yet grounded social work practice. Through the range of publications presented in the application, the research evidences models and frameworks that are important to inform the development of social work supervision. The diverse range of approaches illustrates utilising substantive research methodology to analyse a historical review of supervision research, as well as other research of current practice. In addition the value of the work presented is demonstrated through the practical application offered beyond the academic reading audience, into evidence based social work practice in Aotearoa and internationally. – Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (2015)

Research Interests

My research interests are social work supervision, social work theory and practice and the social work profession. Associate Professor O’Donoghue  is a Research Associate of the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes 
Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Social work supervision

Social work theory and practice

Mixed Methods research (Participant selection design)