Kelly Hand joined the Institute in January 2001. A sociologist by training, much of her work at the Institute has involved research in the areas of families and employment, and in service provision to families – particularly those in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. She has a strong background in both qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, survey design and managing complex fieldwork. She is a highly skilled qualitative interviewer, with significant experience in interviewing participants from diverse backgrounds and in diverse contexts.
Kelly has recently been involved in leading a number of projects relating to Australian Defence Force members and their families, including the Role of the Family in Australian Defence Force Member Rehabilitation research project which involves in depth interviews with Defence members, family members and health professionals to better understand how families contribute to, and are impacted by, the rehabilitation process.