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Dr. Stephanie Holt

Associate Professor (Social Studies)
ARTS BUILDING

Head of School (Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy)


With a robust background in social work practice across a variety of settings including residential child care, child protection and family support, Stephanie joined the School of Social Work & Social Policy in 2000 as a lecturer in social work. To date she has developed extensive experience of serving on school and college committees, including her current second term as Head of School, two terms as Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate)(2011-2015); Director the Master in Social Work from 2010-2014 and Director of the Online PG Diploma and MSc in Applied Social Studies (2014-2017). Stephanie spearheaded the University's first fully online postgraduate programme which commenced September 2014 and has been the driving force behind subsequent online developments in the School of Social Work & Social Policy with a second postgraduate programme, the MSc in Applied Social Studies commencing in 2015. Stephanie also has responsibility, as Course Director, for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection & Welfare and is also leading the School's involvement in Micro-Credential Development as part of the Human Capital Initiative programme. Stephanie's teaching and research expertise is on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, with a particular emphasis on the impact of Domestic Violence on children and young people.
  Domestic violence, intimate partner homicide, child welfare
  Contact time for infants and young children in separated families
 Silence in the courtroom, silence in the street? An exploratory study of women's experiences of the Irish family law system in parental separation and divorce.
 Children and Young People's Experience of the Irish Child Protection System
 Dahlia-19 International Project
 Covid-19, Domestic Abuse and Social Work Practice

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Associate Researcher with the Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin Appointed May 2005
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Chair of Child Protection & Welfare Ireland (CPWI) - the first national network of child protection & welfare professionals in Ireland. 2019 Present
Membership of the Irish Association of Social Workers 2019 present
Member of the International Domestic Homicide Researcher Network 2015 Present
Registered as a professional social worker with CORU, the Health and Social Care Regulator. 2011 Present
Member of ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) 2007 2018
Chair of the Editioral Board of Eisteach - Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 2006 2008
Member of BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) 2005 2018
Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 2003 2007
A European perspective on children and adolescents who experience domestic violence and abuse in, editor(s)J.Taylor, E. Bates & J. Callaghan , Children and adolescent's experiences of violence and abuse at home: current theory, research and practitioner insights, London, Taylor & Francis, 2022, [Holt, Stephanie, Overlien, Carolina], Notes: [IN_PRESS], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Child protection and welfare on the Island of Ireland: Irish issues, global relevance in, editor(s)Berrick, J.D., Gilbert, N. & Skivenes, M. , International Handbook of Child Protection Systems, USA, 2022, [Burns, K., Devaney, J., Holt, S. & Marshall, G. ], Notes: [IN_PRESS], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Devaney, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Macy, R., Øverlien, C. and Holt, S., The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, 1st, London, Routledge, 2021, 1 - 800pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Qualitative interviews with children and adolescents who have experienced domestic violence and abuse in, editor(s)J. Devaney, C. Bradbury-Jones, R. Macy, C Øverlien and S Holt , The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, London, Routledge, 2021, pp657 - 670, [Øverlien, C. & Holt, S. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Concluding Thoughts in, editor(s)J. Devaney, C. Bradbury-Jones, R. Macy, C Øverlien and S Holt , The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, London, Routledge, 2021, pp785 - 789, [Devaney, J., Holt, S., Øverlien, C., Bradbury-Jones, C., Macy, R. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Introduction in, editor(s)J. Devaney, C. Bradbury-Jones, R. Macy, C Øverlien and S Holt , The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, London, Routledge, 2021, pp3 - 8, [Macy, R., Bradbury-Jones, C., Øverlien, C., Holt, S. & Devaney, J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
International Review of the Literature on Risk Assessment and Management of Domestic Violence and Abuse in, editor(s)Devaney, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Macy, R., Øverlien, C. and Holt, S. , The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse, London, Routledge, 2021, pp443 - 477, [Holt, S. & Cahill, L. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
A voice or a choice? Children's views on participating in decisions on post-separation contact with domestically abusive fathers in, editor(s)Hunter, Rosemary , Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: International Experiences, London, Taylor & Francis, 2021, pp22 , [Holt, Stephanie], Notes: [IN PRESS], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
James-Hanman, D. & Holt, S. , Post-Separation Contact and Domestic Violence: Our Seven-Point Plan for Safe[r] Contact for Children, Journal of Family Violence, 36, 2021, p991 - 1001, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Donnelly, E. & Holt, S, On the margins: the challenges of identifying domestic violence in mental health services. Findings of a qualitative Irish study. , Journal of Family Violence, 36, 2021, p481 - 492, Notes: [On early view in 2020], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
  

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Holt, S., Post-Separation Child Contact and DVA: In the best Interests of the Child? , Building a Family Law System for Children, Online, 02-06-21, 2021, Notes: [INVITED KEYNOTE], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Understanding the Experiences of Children who Live with Domestic Violence and Abuse, Barnardos Annual Conference - Understanding the impact of DVA on Children, Online, 03-06-2021, 2021, Notes: [INVITED KETNOTE], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Elliffe, Ruth, Social Workers Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse During the Covid-19 Pandemic, IV European Conference on Domestic Violence, Slovenia, 15-09-21, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
McCaughran, S., Holt, S. & Parkes, A., Silence in the Courtroom, Silence in the Streets, National Child Protection & Welfare Conference, Cork, Cork, 22-10-21, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Elliffe, Ruth, Social Workers Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse During the Covid-19 Pandemic, National Child Protection & Welfare Conference, Cork, Cork, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Children, DVA and Coercive Control, DCSCYPSC Tusla Conference, Online, 26-11-21, 2021, Notes: [INVITED KEYNOTE], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Celebrating 25 Years of WellSprings, Celebrating 25 Years of WellSprings, Online, 10-12-21, 2021, Notes: [INVITED KEYNOTE], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Stephanie Holt, Understanding and Responding to Children who Live with Domestic Violence and Abuse, Ante Natal Child Protection: Research & Realities Conference, Online, 25-11-20, 2020, Antenatal Professional Network, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Stephanie Holt, Understanding and Responding to Children who Live with Domestic Violence and Abuse, Fingal & Dublin City North Children & Young People's Services Committee DSGBV Resource Book Launch, Online, 30-11-20, 2020, Tusla Child & Family Agency, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Holt, Stephanie, Domestic Violence & Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience: Research Evidence and Implications for Practice. , Adverse Childhood Experiences, TCD, 02-03-20, 2020, Notes: [INVITED KEYNOTE], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED

  

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Health Research Board Research Fellowship 2006-2009
I am recognised as a leading scholar in gender-based violence research (GBV), both nationally and internationally, as an academic who is shaping social scientific enquiry in this field. This is best benchmarked against my 2008 paper in the Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect indexed as the leading journal in my field in the world. With a current citation index of 1828 citations in Google Scholar, this paper is still in the top ten most downloaded articles in Science Direct, 13 years following its publication. My leadership and impact can be benchmarked further by my h-index rating of 14 and i10-index rating of 20, reflective of my sustained high-impact research output, with over 60 publications, including lead editor on the first European text on GBV, co-editor on the first Routledge International Handbook on GBV. Related to this, I have an established reputation as a skilled research interviewer of children as young as five years of age, bringing new insights into how very young children experience adversity such as GBV. This pioneering role in extending the empirical knowledge on children's experience of GBV is reflected in keynote and symposia invitations at Irish and European conferences; invited role as Chair of the National Domestic Violence and Children Project (Ireland); membership of the core committee of the European Conference on Domestic Violence (2015, 2017. 2019, 2021); invited membership of the International Domestic Homicide Network; invited membership of the Editorial Board of the Journal Child Abuse Review and recent invited appointment as Associate Editor of the North American Journal of Family Violence. As the leading Irish academic in a field of inquiry considered to be in its infancy, I bring a particularly authoritative stance as someone committed to building capacity. This is evident in my supervision and mentoring of doctoral work focused on gender-based violence and co-authorship of peer review articles with taught and research postgraduates. In summary, my research is inter-disciplinary by nature and is aligned with a global research question - How to respond effectively to the issue of gender-based violence? In terms of an intellectual signature, I am defined by research on intersectional approaches to understanding gender-based violence more broadly and with a specific focus on engaging vulnerable children in research with the objective of informing policy, practice and research in this field of inquiry.