Professor Myfanwy Maple

Professor in Social Work - School of Health

Myfanwy Maple

Phone: +61 2 6773 3661



Myfanwy Maple is Professor of Social Work and Chair of Research in the  School of Health at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. For more than 15 years, Professor Maple’s research has focused on trauma and loss, with a particular emphasis on understanding risk and resilience following exposure to the suicide death of another. This focus on the lived experience of suicide is also the impetus for recently becoming involved in the development of research exploring suicide attempt narratives in those who have made previous attempts on their lives. Further, Professor Maple is involved in several projects examining risk and resilience among vulnerable young people who have experienced significant trauma, are disengaged from society, are at risk of incarceration, and have declining mental health. Dr Maple’s focus remains on authentically including the voices of those with lived experience to better inform suicide policy, research and practice developments.

Professor Maple is on the Editorial Board of Suicidology Online and Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. Since 2013, she has held the position of an elected Director of the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia and is Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Conference (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). She is co-chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Postvention and Bereavement Special Interest Group. From 2006 to 2012, Professor Maple held a NSW Ministerial appointment as an Official Visitor under the Mental Health Act, and was also a member of the advisory committee reporting directly to the Minister. In 2014, Professor Maple was awarded a prestigious rural and remote diversity scholarship jointly awarded by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Prime Minister’s Office.

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PhD, GCTE, GradCertAdolHlthWelf, BSW(Hons1) ,GAICD

Teaching Areas

Social Work

Social Work Honours

Mental Health

Research Methods

Research Interests

Currently supervising Higher Degree Research students in the areas of:

Myfanwy is currently supervising PhD, MPhil and Bachelor (Hons) students in areas related to her own research, including suicide within families, young people and other groups within Australian and other communities, missing people, grief and loss, and posttraumatic growth. She specialises in supervising research using narrative inquiry methodology.

Research interests:

  • Traumatic loss and grief
  • Suicide (prevention, intervention and postvention)
  • Mental health and illness
  • Family and community contexts
  • Indigenous issues
  • Rural student education, in particular for social work
  • Qualitative methods, in particular, narrative inquiry.


Link to Professor Maple's  publications via institutional repository