Pooja Sawrikar

Pooja Sawrikar
PWIA Independent Consultant

PhD (Psychology)

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Introduction
Dr Pooja Sawrikar is an independent consultant available for contract research on gender and race equity and conducts qualitative social policy research. Her recent project was on 'Child sexual abuse (CSA) among ethnic minority communities in Australia': www.nomoresilence.info/ She also advocates for gender equity and academic progression: www.promotingwomeninacademia.com/ and assists the incoming generation of scholars by proofreading/copy editing Hons, Masters and PhD theses.
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - December 2020
Griffith University
Position
  • Lecturer
November 2005 - April 2014
UNSW Sydney
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  • Research Associate
January 2000 - March 2005
The University of Sydney
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (64)
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Social researchers and activists who use the 'Racism = Prejudice + Power' definition, often cited in the sociological literature, generally strive for racial equality by highlighting the need to equalise differences in social power among racial groups. However, this definition can be taken to extreme when the role of social power is given dispropor...
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I sent this manuscript to 10 high-ranking journals in Psychology and Social Psychology, in the belief that the discovery of a new cognitive bias would be an exciting and intellectually stimulating contribution to the field of social cognition, but none of them sent it out for review on account of the casual language. It revealed another bias in sci...
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Purpose This thought piece proposes an entirely new system of career progression within academia; situated in the combined critical need for cost-cutting due to Covid-19 and the age-old need for gender parity. Approach It conceptualises a macro, systems-level, overhaul of a defunct and unfair system, using twenty years of industry experience/knowle...
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In late 2019, I was invited by Societies Journal to establish a Special Issue on a topic of my choosing [...]
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A program on culturally sensitive service delivery for ethnic minority victims/survivors of child sexual abuse was delivered and evaluated over six months in Australia in 2019 using a mixed-methods design. This paper reports findings regarding ‘professional omnipotence’. At T1 82% and T2 71% of ‘talk therapists’ do not believe all mental illnesses...
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To address paucity in both general knowledge and about service provision, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program on ethnic minority victims/survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) was developed and evaluated over six months in Australia using mixed-methods (T1 n=112, T2 n=44). This paper reports the findings in relation to working with i...
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Being unaware of the pros and cons of a sociological versus medical approach to the treatment of mental illness as a result of child sexual abuse (CSA) risks abuse of gendered power in the clinical setting and disengagement from ethnic minority clients who already traverse steep barriers to help-seeking. To address this, an education/training progr...
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With Australia's expanding diversity, there is a rising onus for the whole mental health and sexual assault workforce to be appropriately trained in 'racial self-awareness' to help enhance the quality of services; a combination of cultural self-awareness and awareness of white privilege. Client's fear of breached confidentiality and ensuing prefere...
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Founded in the results of a systematic literature review, a professional development program was developed about the needs of ethnic minority victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, with one component on the role of organisations. The objective was to address the misperception that frontline workers are more responsible for cultural competency. Th...
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The scant research base on cross-cultural diversity may affirm universalist assumptions about the psychosocial experience of child sexual abuse (CSA). However, belief of myths about CSA may be higher in ethnic minority communities because of prohibitive social norms discussing any sexual matters which make them hard to challenge. Carers’ belief of...
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A systematic literature review on child sexual abuse (CSA) and ethnic minority communities was recently conducted, exploring the issues of community awareness, barriers to disclosure, and culturally appropriate prevention, treatment, and service delivery models. Based on the findings, a conceptual framework has been designed. Its fundamental tenet...
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Objective To help address a long-standing gap in research and knowledge, this paper explores the issue of what service providers need to be aware of to best meet the needs of ethnic minority children and families who have come to the attention of child protection authorities and have substantiated reports of domestic violence. Method The results a...
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I called this Special Issue because three of my own personal essays (Sawrikar 2018a, 2018b, 2018c) were rejected 18 times between them by scholarly journals. [...]
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In the last two years, 8 of my articles have been collectively rejected 29 times. I chalk this up to the fact that I have grown into my own voice, but doing so is received with criticism. In a system where over 75% of published opinion pieces are by men (Chemaly, 2018), women have to fight for the right to speak and be heard. It is unfortunate that...
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This is a pre-print copy of an article published on Medium. The citation is: Sawrikar, P. (2018). A critical reflection on being an ethnic minority researcher of child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities: Implications for social work and sociology. https://medium.com/@p.sawrikar/chasing-a-dream-is-racial-equality-attainable-8bcc7329402e?sou...
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This is a pre-print copy of an opinion piece published on Medium: https://medium.com/@p.sawrikar/my-double-whammy-being-a-brown-woman-in-western-academia-a36bf73e2b09?source=friends_link&sk=3489539882af83b501fc07476b142a47
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A systematic literature review on child sexual abuse (CSA) and ethnic minority communities was conducted to help address the current gap in knowledge in the area. This article reports on one explored theme – aspects of service delivery models identified as effective, as the basis for developing a model for Australia. The findings indicate two key a...
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A systematic literature review was conducted to address the immense national gap in knowledge on child sexual abuse (CSA) and ethnic minority communities in Australia, which necessarily borrowed from overseas. One theme explored within the review was that of prevention, and it was found that school-based programs are the most common type of prevent...
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Research on child sexual abuse (CSA) among ethnic minority communities in Australia is essentially absent. To begin to address the gap, a systematic literature review was conducted; which necessarily borrowed from overseas to help inform the national context. A wide array of barriers to disclosure were identified, suggesting that this is a fundamen...
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In 2010–2011, a qualitative focus group study was commissioned by Australia’s beyondblue to explore the needs and experiences of consumers and carers of mental illness. Overall, it was found that their ‘stories’ are substantially different from one another, leading to high stigma within families. The aim of this article is to discuss these phenomen...
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A systematic literature review was conducted to help address the gap in national and international knowledge about child sexual abuse (CSA) and ethnic minority communities. This paper reports the findings of that review in relation to the theme of community awareness. The results suggest that awareness of CSA may be low in ethnic minority communiti...
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One significant finding from an exhaustive literature review on child sexual abuse (CSA) and ethnic minority communities is that victims appear to be at higher risk for suicidality. This may be due to the many barriers to professional help-seeking in this group, most commonly associated with protecting the family's name. This makes their treatment...
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Multiculturalism in Western countries continues to grow, but responsiveness to it with culturally sensitive research, policy and practice has been slower to develop. This lag could be accused of enabling institutional racism - that is, culturally insensitive practices and policies can cause or perpetuate harm to non-mainstream children and families...
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CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE (CALD) YOUNG PEOPLE AND MENTORING: The case of Horn of African young people in Australia
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Distance education (DE) in social work programs and studies on its comparable effectiveness with face-to-face education continue to increase. Yet not all faculty are convinced of the results, and this study explores why. Three case studies indicate that reservations center on valuing the process of learning and nonverbal communication. Issues regar...
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Australia’s research and knowledge base on cultural competency has been slow to develop. To help address this gap, the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) funded a large scale study in this area, which included a detailed literature review. The paper reports on key findings from that review including that collec...
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To address the need for empirical evidence on how culture is and should be addressed in child protection work in Australia to ensure equity in service delivery, this study reviewed 120 case files of children from ethnic-minority, Aboriginal, and Anglo backgrounds and conducted 46 qualitative interviews with ethnic-minority client families and the c...
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Little empirical research has been conducted in Australia on what constitutes as effective practice with interpreters in child protection matters. This study aimed to address this gap. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 29 non–English-speaking background (NESB) client families and 17 child protection caseworkers (as part of a larger study)....
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One unexpected finding from the postdoctoral fellowship I conducted on the needs and experiences of ethnic minority families in the New SouthWales (NSW) child protection system in Australia, was that reports of inadequate supervision seemed high compared to their Anglo-Australian counterparts. The aim of this article was to explore this finding fur...
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Overcoming barriers to improve access and equity of family relationship services for ethnic minority families in Australia, Family Law Pathways Network (FLPN) Conference, Newcastle, Jun 13.
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A review of the literature indicated that empirical research into the advantages and disadvantages of ethnically matching child protection caseworkers and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) client families is not extensive. The main aim of this study was to address this gap. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 29 CALD client famili...
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Providing culturally appropriate child protection services in culturally diverse communities, Conference on child protection: Enhancing capacity and strategic service delivery within a national and regional context, Malaysia, Nov 12.
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The Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to conduct a scoping project investigating current research on community attitudes towards people with disability. It was an initial step towards building an evidence base on Australian community...
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beyondblue commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre to conduct focus group research with consumers and carers. Consumers are defined as people with personal experience of depression, anxiety and related substance use disorders, and carers are defined as family members and friends who care for consumers. The study aimed to: (i) comprehensively...
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The latest national data shows that ethnic minority women in Australia have the lowest rates of sport and recreational participation, raising doubt about whether everyone has "a fair go" to participate. This article explores the types of barriers perceived or experienced by Indian women in Sydney, compared to a larger group of culturally and lingui...
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African families and child protection issues, Sydney, Mar 10.
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This article investigates how work–family balance and the gender division of labour differ according to whether children are in early childhood, middle childhood or the early teen years. It uses measures of both behaviour and attitudes, drawing on two nationally representative Australian data sets, the Bureau of Statistics Time Use Survey and the H...
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Whiteford, P., Sawrikar, P., Michail, S., & Redmond, G. (2009). Child poverty and disparities in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: Children’s inputs into the development of child-centered policy analysis. Presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), UNSW, 8-10 July 2009.
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Sawrikar, P. & Katz, I. (2009). How useful is the term Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) in the Australian social policy discourse? Presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), UNSW, 8-10 July 2009.
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Abstract Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) was introduced in 1996 to replace Non-English Speaking Background (NESB), both of which are commonly used in the social policy discourse to refer to all of Australia‟s ethnic groups other than the English-speaking, Anglo-Saxon majority. However, CALD has developed negative connotations. It can p...
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Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of young people from the Horn of Africa entering Australia. These young people face unique challenges as a result of their age, ethnicity, migration and direct/indirect trauma experience. Although governments are using mentoring as one source of support to help Horn of African yo...
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Sawrikar, P., & Muir, K. (2008). Sport and recreation participation among Indian women in Australia. Presented at Sport, Race and Ethnicity Conference, Sydney, Nov 30-Dec 2.
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”Only white people can be racist” presentation at 4Rs conference 2008
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Sawrikar, P., Griffiths, M., & Muir, K. (2008). Mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia. Presented at Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference, Sydney, Aug 18-20
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This paper explores aspects of how parents of young teenagers experience balancing work and family demands, compared to parents of younger children. It uses data from Waves 1 and 3 of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey and from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey (TUS) 1997. It assesses whethe...
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Introduction and background 1. Family relationship services span a diverse and extensive range of interventions that aim to support and nurture family relationships, and so provide an important source of support to families in Australia. However, there is a dearth of research and information on service accessibility and the effectiveness of interve...
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This paper i) explores the relationship between husbands and wives' (relative and absolute) housework allocation and their perceptions of domestic fairness, and ii) tests whether actual or perceived domestic inequity increases the odds of divorce. It analyses data of 2500 married couples tracked over Waves 1-4 of the Household Income and Labour Dyn...
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In Australia, acculturating adolescents from a non-English speaking background (NESB) face two important challenges: developing a cultural identity and establishing a set of cultural values. These challenges are achieved by balancing a native and Australian orientation. It was expected that NESB adolescents who did not achieve these tasks would exp...

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A website resource and consultancy has been launched to help address gender inequity in academic progression: www.promotingwomeninacademia.com/
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Call ... I invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration in the Special Issue “Personal Essays in Social Science” (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/personal_essays), and to circulate this Call within your networks. I would like to reach the full range of scholars, from recent graduates to those who are well established. Personal essays require critical reflection and expert knowledge, and value authenticity to generate informed opinions. Examples of personal essays include: Sawrikar, P. (2018). Hypocritical wiring and its limits on empathy: The ‘sense of agency’ bias. https://medium.com/@p.sawrikar/hypocritical-wiring-and-its-limits-on-empathy-the-sense-of-agency-bias-9b9aeaaba3b3?source=friends_link&sk=774be8c483b91140dadedf988f889792 Sawrikar, P. (2018). A critical reflection on being an ethnic minority researcher of child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities: Implications for social work and sociology. https://medium.com/@p.sawrikar/chasing-a-dream-is-racial-equality-attainable-8bcc7329402e?source=friends_link&sk=703941d8308bbfb4ac0b418832ef98fa Kind regards, Dr Pooja Sawrikar
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The aim of this work is to explore how best to raise community awareness of CSA, improve prevention, encourage disclosure, better meet victims' treatment, advocacy, and support needs, and develop possible service models. www.nomoresilence.info