Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake


Associate Professor, Social Work and Community Welfare


Dr Gabrielle Drake is Director of Academic Programs (Social Work and Community Welfare) at Western Sydney University. She is a recognised expert in the areas of social policy, mental health and disability, and homelessness and housing pathways. Gabrielle’s research interests include social work practice in mental health; disability; boarding houses; housing and homelessness pathways; consumer and carer voices in social work education; and inclusive and emancipatory research.

Gabrielle has twenty years practice experience spanning a variety of roles and practice settings including community and public sector management, strategic policy and reform, research, teaching in graduate and postgraduate social work programs, direct practice, and oversight.

Research Interests

  • Social work practice
  • mental health
  • disability
  • licensed boarding houses
  • housing


  • Australian Association of Social Workers (2011)
  • Expert Consultative Group, Stop the Violence Project (2013)
  • Social Work Health Inequalities Network (2012)
  • Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (2015 - 2018)
  • Disability Justice Project (2015 - 2018)


  • Disability Justice Project with ACWA
  • Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN)
  • Expert Consultative Group, Stop the Violence Project
  • TAFE Pathways Project
  • FACS MOU Steering Group
  • LikeMind

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Phd Curtin University of Technology
  • MSocPcy University of Western Sydney
  • BSW University of Western Sydney

Research & Publications

  • For a complete list of my publications please see my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details

Telephone +61 2 9685 9665
Location Parramatta