Gaia Cetrano is Lecturer in Social Work at Middlesex University, Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine. Gaia joined Middlesex University in 2019 and currently works on the Think Ahead Programme, a two-year fast-track training scheme for mental health social workers.
Gaia holds a BA in Social Work Sciences (University of Verona, Italy), an MA in Design and Realisation of Highly Complex Social Work Interventions (University of Verona), and a PhD in Psychological and Psychiatric Sciences (University of Verona).
Gaia is a professionally registered social worker with Social Work England and has experience working in a variety of settings, including a community mental health service, a local authority social service for older adults and a probation office.
From 2015 to 2019 Gaia worked as a Research Associate in the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London on the NIHR-funded study ‘Delivering primary health care to homeless people: an evaluation of the integration, effectiveness and costs of different models’. As part of this project Gaia conducted a number of interviews with people with experience of homelessness, primary health and social care staff, and homelessness agencies across England.
Before joining Middlesex Univeristy, Gaia worked for one year in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of York, her role being Associate Lecturer on the Think Ahead Programme.
Gaia's teaching interests include social work, mental health, research methods, quantitative and qualitative research, and SPSS.
Gaia has taught for five years on the BA in Social Work Sciences at the University of Verona (Italy), her role being module leader for a course on History, Principles and Values of Social Work. During her years at University of Verona, Gaia supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
At the University of York, Gaia taught on the Practice Research Module, MA in Social Work Practice (Think Ahead Programme). She supervised students in the preparation of their final MA dissertation consisting of a piece of primary research, guiding them through the ethics and research governance processes and the various phases of the research.
Gaia is currently working on the Think Ahead Programme, her role being academic tutor and Lecturer in Social Work.
Gaia's research interests include:
Gaia has worked on a number of research projects:
Gaia is Member of the Editorial Board of the Series Epion - Il lavoro interprofessionale per la cura della persona, on inter-professional working in personal care (Tangram Edizioni Schientifiche). Gaia has peer-reviewed articles for the journals Journal of Social Work (SAGE), BMJ Open, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Springer), Journal of Enabling Technologies (Emerald). She has peer-reviewed abstracts submitted for the 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (ICSW 2019), 22-26 Luglio 2019, York.