Dr Allyson Mary Davys

1974 University of Sydney, Bachelor of Social Studies 2002 Massey University, Palmerston North, Master of Social Work (Honours 1st class)


Allyson has practised social work in a range of social work contexts (statuary, not for profit and private) and delivered social work education in tertiary settings. In 1994 she began teaching on a part time basis at the Auckland College of Education (later to become incorporated into the University of Auckland) and until 2007 assisted in the development of, and taught on, the professional supervision programme. During the same period Allyson developed her own private practice: delivered workplace based supervision training workshops and provided professional supervision to practitioners and managers from a range of professions.  

From March 2008 until August 2014 she was employed at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) initially as the head of school for the School of Social Development and then for the last 3 years, as centre director of the Centre for Health and Social Practice. She is currently employed by the University of Auckland on a part time basis and teaches on the post graduate professional supervision programme. She continues to run a small private supervision practice.

Research | Current

Allyson has a long established interest in professional supervision, particularly interprofessional supervision which occurs between practitioners who do not share the same profession. Interprofessional research includes an interprofessional study of evaluation in supervision and a report on the development of an interprofessional community of learning for supervision. Allyson has recently completed doctoral research on interprofessional supervision titled: Interprofessional supervision: Mapping the interface between professional knowledge, practice imperatives and difference.

Teaching | Current

Professional supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisors: Associate Professor Christa Fouché and Associate Professor Liz Beddoe

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Registered social worker

Member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Beddoe, L., & Davys, A. (2016). Challenges in Professional Supervision: Current Themes and Models for Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Pages: 248.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2016). ‘Going Live’: An exploration of models of peer, supervisor observation and observation for assessment. Practice, 28 (1), 3-20. 10.1080/09503153.2015.1053857
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2015). Interprofessional supervision: Opportunities and challenges. In L. Bostock (Ed.) Interprofessional staff supervision in adult health and social care services, Volume 1, 2016 (pp. 37-42). Hove, UK: Pavilion Publishing & Media Ltd.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35373
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2015). ‘Going Live’: A negotiated collaborative model for live observation of practice. Practice, 27 (3), 177-196. 10.1080/09503153.2015.1032234
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Adamson, C., Beddoe, E., & Davys, A. (2014). Building resilient practitioners: Definitions and practitioner understandings. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (3), 522-541. 10.1093/bjsw/bcs142
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carole Adamson
  • Beddoe, L., Davys, A., & Adamson, C. (2014). 'Never trust anybody who says, "I don’t need supervision"': Practitioners’ beliefs about social worker resilience. Practice: Social Work in Action, 26 (2), 113-130. 10.1080/09503153.2014.896888
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carole Adamson, Liz Beddoe
  • Beddoe, L., Davys, A., & Adamson, C. (2013). Educating resilient practitioners. Social Work Education, 32 (1), 100-117. 10.1080/02615479.2011.644532
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carole Adamson, Liz Beddoe
  • Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2010). Best practice in professional supervision: A guide for the helping professions. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley. Pages: 256.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 401
New Zealand