Denise Lynch joined the School of Social Work and Policy Studies in 1995 following some part-time work for the University. Denise worked for 13 years with the NSW Department of Community Services in service provision, middle management and senior management in the area of child protection and more broadly child welfare.
Before working at the University, Denise conducted consultancy work with a number of welfare and welfare-related areas. At the University, Denise developed undergraduate curriculum around interpersonal violence and social justice and taught in the areas of family violence, social justice and skills workshops. She also co-developed and taught postgraduate courses in supervision.
With Emerita Professor Fran Waugh, she developed curriculum in child welfare and child protection in the Masters Social Work (Qualifying). With Dr Lesley Laing, she was the first program director for this postgraduate offering.
Denise has conducted research with NSW Asylum Seekers Centre, with a grant from the Don Chipp Foundation. This research addressed the wellbeing and care of asylum seeking and refugee children in the Sydney community.