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Dr. 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's PhD explored the educational pathways of adults with care experience in Ireland using a life course perspective.

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

Czerwiński, A & Brady, E, The Impact of COVID-19 Preventive Measures on Young People with Pre-Existing Mental Health Difficulties: The Perspectives of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Social Workers in Ireland, Qualitative Social Work, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

O'Connor-Funcheon, S & Brady, E, An exploration of perspectives on supporting birth parents towards reunification with their children, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., The value of the life course theory concept of human agency: An example from a study of the educational journeys of care experienced people, XVI European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) Conference 2021, Online, 1-3 September 2021, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Gilligan, R. & Brady, E., What helps adult care leavers return to education? Exploring the relevance of learner identity and the life course perspective, Journal of Youth Studies, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Lwin, K. & Brady, E., Re-conceptualizing Evidence-informed Practice Curriculum in Social Work Education, International Social Work Education and Development , Online, January - April 2021, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

O'Connor-Funcheon, S & Brady, E, An exploration of professional and practice-based perspectives on reunification of children in out-of-home care in Ireland: The road less travelled?, Child Abuse & Neglect, 122, 2021, p105366 Journal Article, 2021

Gilligan, R., Brady, E., & Arnau-Sabates, L., Exploring the positive influence of informal support in the education and employment progress of care-experienced people., European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), Zurich, Switzerland, 1-3 September 2021, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Murran, S. & Brady, E., How Does Family Homelessness Impact on Children's Development? A critical review of the literature, Child & Family Social Work, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

O'Connor, E., Whiting, S., Gilligan, R.,Holt, S., Brady, E.,Eliffe, R., Feely,M., Flynn, S., Houston, S., McEvoy., P.,, ''Hybrid Placement Model: A Social Work Teaching and Learning Resource'', TARA, TCD, 2020, - Protocol or guideline, 2020 URL

Brady, E. & Gilligan, R., Supporting care-experienced adults' educational journeys: 'Linked lives' over the life course, Child & Family Social Work, 25, (2), 2020, p221 - 229 Journal Article, 2020 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, 34, (2), 2020, p121 - 135 Journal Article, 2020 URL

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., 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, p104379 Journal Article, 2019 URL

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., 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., 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. & 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, 24, (4), 2018, p351 - 368 Journal Article, 2018 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

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

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., 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., 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, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

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

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. & 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, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

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

Monson, T. & Brady, E., Editorial , Child Care in Practice, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Robbie Gilligan, Eavan Brady. Laura Cullen, One More Adversity: The lived experience of care leavers in Ireland during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Dublin, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD, February, 2022 Report, 2022 TARA - Full Text

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. & Gilligan, R., Supporting the educational progress of children and young people in foster care: Challenges and opportunities, Foster, 5, 2018, p29 - 41 Journal Article, 2018

Brady, E., How to be a Critical Consumer of Research: Strategies for locating and critically reading published research, The Irish Social Worker, 2018, p77 - 82 Journal Article, 2018

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

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

Recognition

Representations

Member International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) Executive Committee 2021

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

Reviewer - Social Work Education May 2020 to date

Editorial Board Member - Child Care in Practice September 2019 to date

Reviewer - Children and Youth Services Review June 2020 to date

Reviewer - Children & Society August 2020 to date

Reviewer - Journal of Youth Studies August 2020 to date

Awards and Honours

Provost's Teaching Award Nominee 2016-2017

Memberships

Registered Social Worker: License Number SW000286 CORU - Health & Social Care Professionals Council, Ireland 2012 – To date

Irish Association of Social Work - Member 2014 – To date