Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne. For 5 years she held the Alfred Felton Chair of Child and Family Welfare, a professorship established in collaboration with the Alfred Felton Trust, the Department of Social Work at University of Melbourne and The Centre for Excellence for Child and Family Welfare in Victoria, the peak body for more than 95 child and family welfare agencies in Victoria. The Chair is now supported by the University of Melbourne-Sector Research Partnership, a consortium of 14 Victorian community sector organisations which are driving research in the children, youth and families area.
Cathy worked as a social work practitioner in the mental health, domestic violence, and children, youth and families sector for 16 years before becoming a social work academic. A sustained program of research in the areas of domestic and family violence, out of home care and research utilization has now been established.