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Ms. Eavan Brady
Assistant Professor, Social Studies

Biography

Eavan is an Assistant Professor in Social Work in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin, a Higher Diploma in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College Dublin.

Eavan is currently pursuing her PhD exploring the educational pathways of adults who were in care in Ireland. For more information on Eavan's PhD study visit: www.educationalpathwayssite.wordpress.com

Prior to joining the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Eavan worked in the homelessness, housing, and mental health sectors in both Dublin and Toronto, Canada. Eavan also spent two years working with Practice and Research Together in Toronto where she was heavily involved in supporting staff in child welfare agencies across Canada to use evidence-informed practices in their work.

Eavan teaches Introduction to Social Research on the Masters in Social Work, the Masters in Child Protection and Welfare, and the Masters in Social Policy and Practice. Eavan also teaches Human Development in Social Contexts on the Masters in Social Work course and Psychology for Social Work on the Bachelor in Social Studies.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brady, E., Gilligan, R., & Nic Fhlannchadha, S., Care-experienced Young People Accessing Higher Education in Ireland, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 19, (1), 2019, p51 - 64 Journal Article, 2019

Somerville, L. & Brady, E, Young People and Social Networking Sites: Exploring the views and training opportunities of CAMHS social workers in Ireland , Journal of Social Work Practice, 33, (2), 2019, p141 - 155 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., Supporting care-experienced adults' educational journeys: 'Linked lives' over the life course, Child & Family Social Work, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

E. Brady and R. Gilligan, 'The role of agency in shaping the educational journeys of care-experienced adults: Insights from a life course study of education and care'., Children and Society, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., Exploring diversity in the educational pathways of care-experienced adults: Findings from a life course study of education and care, Children and Youth Services Review, 104, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., The Life Course Perspective: An integrative research paradigm for examining the educational experiences of adult care leavers? , Children & Youth Services Review, 87, 2018, p69-77 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Brady, E., Holt, S. & Whelan, S. , Measuring success in family support services, Child Care in Practice, early view, 2017, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Lwin, K., Wedeles, J., & Brady, E., Brief Report: The Role of Technology in Evidence-informed Practice: Uniting the Human and the Digital in Child Welfare, International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 5, (1), 2017, p67-72 Journal Article, 2017

Matheson, I., Brady, E., & Connelly, G., The LinkedIn Education of Children in Care Network: Social media meets community of interest., Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 15, (1), 2016, p49 - 55 Journal Article, 2016

Brady, E., Book Review: Pathways through education for young people in care: Ideas from research and practice, Child Care in Practice, 2015, p211 - 212 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Brady, E. & Busch, J., The Bookworm Club: Implementing and evaluating a pilot literacy program for children in out-of-home care., Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies Journal, 58, 2014, p26 - 33 Journal Article, 2014

Brady, E., Child protection social workers' engagement in continuing professional development: An exploratory study., Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33, (6), 2014, p819 - 834 Journal Article, 2014

Brady, E., The Bookworm Club: The implementation story of an evidence-informed literacy program for children residing in out-of-home care in Ontario, Canada., Child Welfare, 92, (5), 2013, p137 - 149 Journal Article, 2013

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brady, E., Using educational life history interviews to explore the educational pathways of adults who spent time in out-of-home care (e.g. foster care) in Ireland, The XX International Oral History Association Conference, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 18-21 June 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Brady, E., Supporting progress in education and employment among care leavers: Challenges and opportunities [INVITED SPEAKER], Irish Aftercare Network Annual Conference - "Together we Can" Promoting Education, Training & Employment Opportunities for Care Leavers., Athlone, Ireland, 25th May 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Brady, E., The life course perspective: A guiding paradigm for examining the educational experiences of adult care leavers , Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland, 4-7 July 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Brady, E., Positive turning points in the educational journeys of care-experienced adults: Preliminary findings of a life course study, XV European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) Conference 2018, Porto, Portugal, 2-5 October 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Brady, E., What is placement success? Reflections on the educational outcomes of care-experienced adults (Symposium), XV European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) Conference 2018, Porto, Portugal, 2-5 October 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Brady, E., A life course approach to studying the experiences of foster care alumni: A case study exploring the educational experiences of care-experienced adults. , 9th International Foster Care Research Network Conference, Universite de Nanterre, Paris, France, 27-29 September 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Brady, E., Supporting the Educational Attainment and Progress of Children in State Care: A Preliminary Review of International Evidence, 2017 Working Paper, 2017

Brady, E., Using a life course approach to explore the educational pathways of care leavers: New dimensions in understanding, 14th European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents International Conference, Oviedo, Spain, September 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Brady, E., Hendsbee, T., Francis, A., & Justinich, M., The Bookworm Club: The evolution and evaluation of an evidence-informed literacy program for children residing in out-of-home care, 13th European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Holt, S., Whelan, S. & Brady, E.,, Evaluation of the Cottage Home Family Support Service, 2014, - Miscellaneous, 2014

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., Supporting the educational progress of children and young people in foster care: Challenges and opportunities, Foster Journal Article,

Brady, E., Journey to Publication, Irish Association of Social Workers National Social Work Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016 Conference Paper,

Brady, E., How to be a Critical Consumer of Research: Strategies for locating and critically reading published research, The Irish Social Worker Journal Article,

Brady, E., Exploring the Educational Pathways & Transitions of Adult Care Leavers: Developing a PhD Research Project, 3rd International Congress of the Swiss Association of Social Work, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2015 Poster,

Brady E. & Dill, K., A Magical Movement: The real-life implementation story of how one child welfare community leveraged its newfound belief in evidence-based practice to create and implement a world-renowned literacy program for children residing in out-of-home care, 2nd Biannual Global Implementation Conference, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., August 2013 Poster,

Research Expertise

Description

Eavan's research interests are located in the field of child welfare with a particular focus on the long-term well-being and outcomes of children in care, care leavers, and children experiencing disadvantage. Eavan's PhD research focuses on the educational pathways of adult care leavers and as such she also has a keen interest in the life course experiences more generally of older adult care leavers (aged 25+) and the application of life course methodologies to research related to key social work issues. In addition, Eavan is interested in researching the role of research utilisation in social work practice, drawing on her work with Practice and Research Together (PART) - a knowledge mobilisation organisation. Eavan's long-term goal is to pursue research related to these areas that will contribute to the evidence base informing social work policy and practice.

Recognition

Representations

Junior Member International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) Executive Committee 2018 to date

Group Manager: LinkedIn Education of Children in Care Network June 2015 - to date

Contributor: Practice Links Quarterly Publication, University College Cork February 2013 - to date

Co-chair: Ontario Bookworm Club Steering Committee November 2012- August 2014

Board Member - Breaking Through: Supporting Practitioners 2017 to date

Irish Aftercare Network Committee - Member 2017 to date

Reviewer - Child Care in Practice 2017 to date

Reviewer - Journal of Social Work Practice 2018 to date

Reviewer - Child Welfare 2018 to date

Reviewer - Journal of Technology in Human Services 2018 to date

All Ireland Social Work Research Conference - Organising Committee Member 2018 to date

Awards and Honours

Provost's Teaching Award Nominee 2016-2017

Memberships

Irish Association of Social Work September 2014 – To date