Bachelor of Science with honors in Social Science, University Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, 1976. Master of Science, University Oxford, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics & Social Science, University Manchester, 1999.
Head department social science & humanities University Bradford, 1999—2004, honorary research professor, 2006. Professor social work & policy studies University Sydney, since 2004. Director Social Policy Research Network, since 2004.
Author: (book) Social Policy for Social Change, Addressing Violence Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, Contemporary Mental Health: Theory Policy and Practice, Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice, Practice and Research in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives, Feminist Perspectives on Disability, Violence and Gender Relations: Theories and Interventions.
Executive member Barnardos, Sydney, since 2007. Fellow: Higher Education Academy.
Married Maurice Hanlon, August 12, 1987. Children: Katie Josephine Hanlon, Sophie Therese Hanlon.