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Dr. Eavan Brady

Assistant Professor (Social Studies)


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.
Details Date
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
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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
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, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Robbie Gilligan Eavan Brady, 'What helps adult care leavers return to education? Exploring the relevance of learner identity and the life course perspective' , Journal of Youth Studies, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Beasley, S. & Brady, E., Michel Foucault: Theoretical Considerations for Social Workers, Irish Social Worker, 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Refaeli, T., Schuman, N., Brady, E., Mann-Feder, V., Munro, E., van Breda, A., Widening the care gap? Care-leaving in the time of COVID-1, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Lwin, K. & Brady, E., Unpacking evidence-based practice in social work education: A scoping review , Journal of Social Work Education, 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Robbie Gilligan, Eavan Brady. Laura Cullen, One More Adversity: The lived experience of care leavers in Ireland during the Covid-19 Pandemic, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD, February, 2022, Report, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
Murran, S. & Brady, E., How Does Family Homelessness Impact on Children's Development? A critical review of the literature, Child & Family Social Work, 2021, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Monson, T. & Brady, E., Editorial , Child Care in Practice, 2022, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brady, E., Book Review - Marginalised Communities in Higher Education: Disadvantage, Mobility and Indigeneity, Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 21, (2), 2022, Notes: [], Review, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
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, PUBLISHED
Brady, E., Supporting the Educational Attainment and Progress of Children in State Care: A Preliminary Review of International Evidence, 2017, Notes: [ TRiSS Working Paper Series TRiSS-WPS-01-2017], Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Brady, E., Journey to Publication, Irish Association of Social Workers National Social Work Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Holt, S., Whelan, S. & Brady, E.,, Evaluation of the Cottage Home Family Support Service, 2014, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Provost's Teaching Award Nominee 2016-2017