MS Meredith Kiraly

MS Meredith Kiraly


  • Kinship Care, Out of Home Care, Human Services Staff and Volunteer Recruitment. (Kinship Care)



  • Meredith Kiraly is a psychologist with over thirty years experience in child and family welfare. Her PhD was gained by 'Thesis with Publication' entitled Family Links: Kinship Care and Family Contact.   She has worked in community service organisations in casework and program management, and has specialised in out of home care.  Her numerous research projects have taken place in a range of human service areas with a major focus on vulnerable children and out of home care, especially the growing area of kinship care. She has lectured at university and TAFE, and conducted field training in staff selection across Australia. She has made many conference presentations in Australia and overseas on topics in child welfare, particularly in kinship care.

    Meredith worked in the Department of Human Services (DHS) from 2002 to 2012 in a range of policy, research and programmatic roles. She was seconded from DHS (Children, Youth and Families Division) from 2006 to 2011 to work as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Child, Youth and Family Research Cluster in the Department of Social Work (School of Health Sciences). She is now a part-time staff member of the University of Melbourne Department of Social Work and works as an independent consultant to community service organisations.  Current research projects in 2016 are Young and 'care-full': The support needs of young kinship carers, and It Takes A Village: The support needs of non-familial kinship carers .   


Member of

  • Australian Psychological Society. Ordinary Member 1977 - 2028
  • Victorian Psychological Council. Standard 1977 - 2028


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • R E Ross Trust: Research Project  Young and 'Care-full': The support  needs of young kinship carers
    R E Ross Trust: Research Project  It Takes A Village: The support needs of non-familial kinship carers
    Sidney Myer Fund:  Research Project:  'Young and Care-full': The support needs of young kinship carers   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • MBSc, La Trobe University 1999
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1973

Awards and honors

  • Creswick Foundation Travelling Fellowship, 2016



Available for supervision

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