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Dr. Stephanie Holt

Associate Professor (Social Studies)

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 two terms of the 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. Stephanie's teaching and research expertise is on Domestic Violence, with a particular emphasis on the impact of Domestic Violence on children and young people.
  Domestic violence, intimate partner homicide, child welfare
 Risk Assessment and Management of Domestic Violence Cases
 Evaluation of Cottage Home Family Support Service
 Evaluation of Sonas Safe Home
 Evaluation of Barnardos/One Family Child Contact Service
 Evaluation of the Health ervices Executive Out of Hours Service

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Associate Researcher with the Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin Appointed May 2005
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Basic Basic Basic
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Member of ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) 2007 2018
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
Chair of the Editioral Board of Eisteach - Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. January 2006 September 2008
Social Work Education in Ireland in, editor(s)S.M. Sajid, Rajendra Baikady, Cheng Sheng-Li, Haruhiko Sakaguchi , The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Work Education, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, [Julie Byrne, Stephanie Holt, Gloria Kirwan], Notes: [Publication date: December 2020. Chapter 17 ], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Holt, S., Domestic Abuse and Post-Separation Contact: Promoting Evidence Informed Practice, Child Abuse Review, 2020, DOI: 10.1002/car.2643 , Notes: [Accepted February 17 2020], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Groupwork, 29, 2, (2019), 3 - Holt, S., Coogan, D., Kirwan, G., [Guest Editor], 1 year, Notes: [SWSD2018 Special Issue], Journal, IN_PRESS
Groupwork, 29, 2, (2019), 3 - Stephanie Holt, Declan Coogan, Gloria Kirwan, [eds.], 1 issue, Journal, IN_PRESS
Elliffe, R., Holt, S., & Ă˜verlien, C., Hiding and Being Hidden: The Marginalisation of Children's Participation in Research and Practice Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse., Social Work & Social Sciences Review, 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Elliffe, R. * Holt, S., Reconceptualising the Child Victim in the Police Response to Domestic Violence., Journal of Family Violence., 35, (6), 2019, p589 - 600, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Overlien, C. & Holt, S., European Research on Children, Adolescents and Domestic Violence: Impact, Interventions and Innovations Part 1, Journal of Family Violence., 35, (5), 2019, p1573 - 2851, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Overlien, C. & Holt, S., Special Issue on European Research on Children, Adolescents and Domestic Violence; Impact, Interventions and Innovations' Part 2, Journal of Family Violence., 34, (6), 2019, p1573 - 2851, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Overlien, C. & Holt, S. , Editorial: European Research on Children, Adolescents and Domestic Violence: Impact, Interventions and Innovations', Journal of Family Violence., 34, (5), 2019, p365 - 369, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sandra Ratcliffe, Gloria Kirwan, Stephanie Holt, Robert Heneghan, Strength in Numbers: Findings from a National Survey of Groupwork and Irish Social Work Practice , Groupwork, 29, (2), 2019, Journal Article, IN_PRESS

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Stephanie Holt, Declan Coogan,Gloria Kirwan, Editorial: Papers from SWSD2018, Groupwork, 29, (2), 2019, p3 - 6, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Swan, M., Holt, S. & Kirwan, G., Who do I turn to if something really bad happens? Keyworking and Relationship-Based Practice in Residential Child Care, Joint World Conference of Social Work, Education and Social Development: , Dublin, Ireland, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Holt, S. & Ward, M., Evaluation of the Sonas Safe Home Project. Dublin: Sonas Domestic Violence Charity., 2015, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., Whelan, S. & Brady, E., Evaluation of the Cottage Home Family Support Service, 2014, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Murphy, C. & Holt, S.,, Evaluation of the Barnardos and One Family Pilot Child Contact Centre Project, 2013, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., The Impact of Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence...Everyone's Responsibility, Queen's University Belfast, 27th January 2012, 2012, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Holt, S., Living with Domestic Abuse: Children's Perspectives, Hitting Home: The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children, Bray, Dublin, Ireland, 29th November 2011, 2011, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., Post-Separation Fathering & Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions, Working within the Forensic Paradigm, Prato, Italy, 11-14 September 2011, 2011, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., Mothering and Domestic Violence, Gender and Child Welfare, National University of Ireland, Galway., June 15th 2011, 2011, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., Mental Health and Domestic Violence: Implications for Social Work Practice, Social Work in Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 11th November 2011, 2011, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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Health Research Board Research Fellowship 2006-2009
In terms of an intellectual signature, I am defined by research, on domestic violence broadly and with a specific focus on engaging vulnerable children in research with the objective of informing best practice through evaluation and active partnership with stakeholders in the field. With a strong experience base in practice, I bring to my research programme, a particularly authoritative stance as one familiar with the contours of practice across different settings.