Researcher Biography

Madonna Boman is supervised by Dr Cameron Parsell. Madonna has experience as a researcher and policy officer in government and non-government organisations in the areas of community services, housing, environment and broadcasting. Madonna’s PhD research is an ethnographic study focusing on young peoples’ experiences of transition from out-of-home care, with an interest in how young people define a successful transition.

Madonna worked as a policy officer in the National office of CREATE Foundation, the peak advocacy organisation for children and young people in out-of-home care. Madonna’s work at CREATE focused on promoting the voices of children and young people to inform inquiries and research from their experiences of living in out-of-home care throughout Australia.

Previously, Madonna was an evaluation project officer for the Logan Beenleigh Young Persons Project, a pilot project that sought to improve outcomes for young parents and/or young people with mental health issues. The evaluation used a mixed method approach to establishing an evidence base for coordinated and intensive services, responsive to the needs of the people in the program.

PhD topic

Risky transitions: young people moving from out-of-home care in Queensland, Australia


  • Dr Cameron Parsell (Principal)
  • Dr Jack Lam (Associate)

Research interests

  • children’s and young people’s rights;
  • out-of-home care;
  • advocacy;
  • ethnography;
  • qualitative methods;
  • outcomes measurement; and
  • social identity