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Eavan Brady

PhD Candidate / Assistant Professor

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Eavan Brady is an Assistant Professor in Social Work in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Eavan’s research interests relate to the education and well-being of children, youth, and adults with experience of the child welfare and care systems. She is currently pursuing her PhD exploring the educational pathways of care-experienced adults aged 25-35.

Eavan previously worked in the homelessness, housing, mental health, and knowledge exchange sectors gaining experience in both Dublin and Toronto, Canada. Eavan teaches psychology and research modules to students on the Masters in Social Work and Bachelor in Social Studies programmes in Trinity College Dublin.

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Ann Connolly McCann

PhD Researcher

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Ann Connolly McCann is a doctoral researcher in the school of nursing and midwifery. Ann is a registered nurse in the disciplines of intellectual disability and children’s nursing. Ann graduated from Leeds metropolitan university in 2011 with a master’s degree in Epilepsy science. She is a qualified Advanced Practitioner in childhood and adolescent epilepsy and has been in clinical employment in this field since 2006.

Ann's experience in the professional realm informs her research which focuses on childhood epilepsy. Her PhD research will investigate the experience and care needs of adolescents with epilepsy in Ireland.

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Karen Galligan

PhD Candidate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Karen Galligan has worked as a researcher for 20 years, with experience at both a national and European level. Currently Karen is working as a PhD candidate researcher in addiction at the Institute of Population Health Science at Trinity College Dublin and her key areas of interest are addiction and mental health. Her PhD is exploring the impact of parental substance misuse on children-Hidden Harm- Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances and assessing the needs, risks, protective factors and evidence based interventions for children impacted by parental substance misuse. In 2016 Karen Galligan was the primary author of a report producing the first estimates of number of children impacted by parental substance misuse, including alcohol, in an urban area in Dublin. Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances, including alcohol across the communities of the Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) region. In 2017 Karen co authored a report Estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances and assessing the needs, risks, protective factors and evidence based interventions for children impacted by parental substance misuse across the South Eastern regional drug and alcohol task force area.

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Natalie Glynn

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Supervisor: Assistant Professor Paula Mayock

Natalie Glynn is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin. Having a background in anthropology and international development, Natalie has worked previously as a teacher on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, US and as an Evaluation Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Her professional and research experiences cross a variety of disciplines and policy areas, including education, program evaluation, international development, youth work, and child welfare policy. Her current project is a qualitative longitudinal study of the lived experience of the transition out of care at the age of 18 years in Ireland. To learn more about the project, visit her research website.

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Katie Hill

PhD Candidate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Katie Hill is a doctoral researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Katie is a registered nurse in the disciplines of General and Children's Nursing. Katie received numerous awards for academic excellence during her studies, including a Gold Medal from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and an Oscar Wilde Gold Medal from The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Katie worked in China for 5 years after graduating, managing the only children's hospice in China and participated in opening the second children's hospice, whilst leading the nursing teams there. Katie completed a Masters in Nursing: Child Health & Wellbeing in TCD in 2015 and completed the children's palliative care modules (level 9) in National University of Ireland Galway in 2017. Katie has a keen interest and continues to work in the area of children's palliative care and children with complex care needs and their families. She has published two academic papers in this area and presented at an international children's palliative care conference in Cardiff.

In 2017, Katie was awarded a Postgraduate Research Studentship by TCD. She is currently undertaking her PhD, investigating siblings' experiences of living with a child who has a traumatic brain injury.

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Derina Johnson

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Supervisor: Professor Robbie Gilligan

Derina Johnson is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin. Derina holds a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin and professional training in play therapy. After running her own play therapy practice in inner city and other disadvantaged areas of Dublin for a number of years, Derina spent three years on the Thailand-Myanmar border working alongside local migrant and refugee partners developing child protection and psychosocial programmes for children and youth. This experience led to the focus of her PhD.

Derina’s PhD involves a bottom-up person-centred qualitative case study, exploring the lived experience of young people growing up in contexts of displacement and lack of documentation along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Central to the study is understanding young people's own perspectives and strategies regarding managing lives as "illegal migrants". Themes of endurance, persistence and resistance reveal insights into youth agency and resilience in extreme adversity.

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PhD Candidate

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

Supervisor: Professor Lorraine Leeson

Caitríona is a second year PhD candidate in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, funded by a Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship. Her research interests relate to applied linguistics, language acquisition and sociolinguistics, and how they interact with language policy.

Caitríona holds a BA in French and Spanish from Trinity College and an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. For her Masters research, Caitríona explored the language, culture and identity of Irish CODAs - hearing children who are raised by d/Deaf parents.

Her PhD research at the Centre for Deaf Studies is supervised by Professor Lorraine Leeson. Using Grounded Theory methodology, the study focuses on Irish families who have a d/Deaf child, or d/Deaf children, and their experiences learning and using Irish Sign Language.

Caitríona is currently (August 2018) recruiting participants. If you think your family might like to participate, and you would like more information, she would love to hear from you.

Learn more about Caitríona's current call for participants, and watch her ISL video

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Siobán O’Brien Green

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Siobán O’Brien Green has worked in government agencies and the non-profit, research and academic sectors for over 20 years. She has worked on the issue of violence against women since 1998 in service provision, communications, teaching, training and research. Her core research and teaching areas of interest include; female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence (or IPV), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), maternal health, migration and gender equality.

Siobán has worked on national and European multi-country FGM research projects, including three commissioned by the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE). She acted as an expert advisor to the FGM-PREV study, towards a better estimation of prevalence of FGM in the European Union, funded by DG Justice from 2014 to 2017. Siobán was appointed in 2013 to the European Union COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action GenderSTE (Gender, Science, Technology and Environment) Network. She was appointed in 2016 to the EU COST Action Femicide across Europe Network: she represented Ireland on both these Actions.

In 2015 Siobán was awarded an Ussher Postgraduate PhD Fellowship by Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She is currently undertaking her PhD research in the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre, a qualitative research study focussing on help and safety seeking by women who have experienced domestic violence during pregnancy in Ireland. The study will allow a greater understanding of the process of help seeking and a more evidence based targeted screening and responding to disclosures, information provision and effective supports to be available in maternity, health and other relevant services in Ireland in relation to domestic violence.

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Sarah Parker

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Prior to undertaking her PhD, Sarah worked for several years as a researcher at the Children’s Research Centre (TCD) and has co-authored a number of publications arising from a range of commissioned research projects including a biographical study of homeless women, a qualitative longitudinal study of homeless youth and a survey-based project that ‘mapped’ homeless services for women in the Dublin Region. Her most recent publication was a book she co-authored with Dr Paula Mayock entitled Living in Limbo – Homeless Young People’s Paths to Housing, which was launched by former President Mary McAleese in May 2017.

Her current research is a mixed methods longitudinal study that was supported by a Government of Ireland Scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council in 2017. A core goal of the project is to advance understanding of family homelessness and help bridge the gap between theory, research and practice in homelessness prevention, policy planning and service delivery for families experiencing housing exclusion.

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Youkun Shen

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Youkun Shen is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, where she is carrying out her PhD project on the status quo of the development of inclusive education in Chinese primary schools, particularly involving children with intellectual disabilities and left-behind children.

Prior to her current studies, she received an M.Phil. degree in Comparative Literature from Trinity College Dublin, during which course she explored interdisciplinary research interests on education and social policy. She has former experience working with pupils.

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Amy Stapleton

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

With the aim of bridging practice and policy, Amy Stapleton is currently undertaking a PhD in TRiCC, under the supervision of Dr. Paula Mayock. The aim of this research to explore the experiences of separated children who have transitioned to adulthood in two European contexts (France and Ireland).

Coming from a background in international development and policy, with a strong focus on migration and youth issues, in 2012, Amy was awarded a two-year Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study on the MITRA Masters programme in Intercultural Mediation: Identities, Mobilities and Conflicts. Upon qualifying, Amy lectured Intercultural Communication, Migration, Research Methods and English in the University of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille. In parallel, she ran a NGO developing projects in the make-shift camps in Northern France, particularly with young migrants and refugees.

Since 2015, as associate editor of the Student Forum with the international journal AI & Society, and as founder of the a Young Researchers Forum within an international technical committee (TC9.5 Technology, Ethics, International Stability and Culture (TECIS), IFAC), Amy has been working to promote the increased participation of young researchers, particularly from developing countries and marginalised communities, within academia. She is also actively involved promoting young refugee rights and representing refugee organisations at a European level, regularly invited to participate in and develop trainings for international and European youth events.

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Sinéad Whiting

PhD Candidate

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Sinéad Whiting is a doctoral researcher in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998 with a BA in History and went on to complete a Masters in Social Work. Sinéad been employed as a professional social worker since 2001. This work has spanned the areas of families in crisis, children-in-care, crisis pregnancy and adoption. The knowledge gained from this professional experience has informed her PhD topic and will inform her research as it progresses.

Her research interests relate to identity development for children and young adults who are adopted and who have been in state care. Her PhD research will investigate how being adopted during late teenage years by long-term foster careers impacts identity development, focusing, in particular, on the transition to early adulthood.

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