Professor Sean Redmond
For eight years Sean Redmond worked in the Department of Children & Youth Affairs where he took lead responsibility for the evaluation of programmes for children and young people. He joined the School of Law at UL in June 2016, and in October 2016, Sean was appointed as UL Adjunct Professor in Youth Justice.
Sean’s previous career history includes working in the Irish Youth Justice Service in the Department of Justice & Equality, Barnardos Ireland, and PACE, the prison resettlement service.
Sean graduated from the University of Central England (BA (Hons) Sociology, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work) in 1988 and is a CORU registered social worker. He completed a doctorate in governance (Queen’s University Belfast) in 2015; his thesis formed the basis of this project.
In addition to academic publication Sean has authored national reports designed to improve the effectiveness of youth justice programmes and targeted youth programmes.
Sean’s interest areas include youth crime and youth justice (with a particular emphasis on serious crime and criminal networks), “wicked” and complex policy problems, programme evaluation, research and evaluation methodologies, governance in public services, practical theory, and evidence-informed policy making.
Eoin O’Meara Daly
Eoin was previously a manager in one of Ireland’s biggest youth service providers, Limerick Youth Service and has coordinated and managed a number of youth initiatives and services for young offenders in Limerick over a 10-year period. In particular, he has worked in the community setting coordinating and managing Garda Youth Diversion Projects aimed at diverting young people from crime and anti-social behaviour. He has also set up and chaired a number of multi-agency fora in Limerick City in an attempt to combine the strength of community services and achieve better outcomes for young people. He holds an Honours Degree in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology and his practice experience has resulted in various other certification, Facilitation Training- FETAC Level 5 Certificate, Train the Trainer- FETAC Level 5 Certificate, Supervision Theory and Practice- HETAC Level 5 Certificate.
Eoin’s research expertise lies in the area of youth crime, youth crime prevention, youth offender programmes and youth justice. His MA thesis was a case study that focused on the area of ‘desistance’ or the cessation of offending, and how some young adults were able to stay away from crime despite being heavily involved in their younger years. This was titled, ‘A Case Study of Youth Crime Desistance in a Disadvantaged Area’, and focused on challenging and complex ex-offenders striving to ‘make good’ in one of Ireland’s ‘disadvantaged’ communities. Eoin is also a PHD candidate in the School of Law and receiver of the Professor Henry Ellis scholarship. He will undertake a process evaluation of the community efficacy strand of a new evidence informed Irish programme for young people caught up in adult criminal networks.
Dr Catherine Naughton
Catherine Naughton is a research psychologist and joined the REPPP team in January 2017. She completed her PhD in Psychology in UL (2017) and an MSc in Psychological Sciences in 2013 (first class honours and awarded outstanding performance for a major research project). Her PhD research investigated the impact of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence and abuse on young people. She has ISI publications in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. In 2016, she was awarded the Hotaling International Student Research Award at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization conference, New Hampshire, USA. She also received the runner-up position in the Eadbhard O’Callaghan Early Career Research Award for Youth Mental Health, at the ACAMH Youth Special Interest Group Conference, Cork, and was a finalist for the Dean’s Prize, Excellence in Research Award, Facility of Education and Health Science, UL.
Catherine was the sole Irish PhD student to be offered a place at the prestigious European Association of Social Psychology Summer School in Lisbon in 2014 where she contributed to the Psychology of Social Justice section. In 2013, Catherine was an invited presenter at the Department of Justice, Defence and Equality, and the House of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Catherine was lead researcher on the National JLO Prevalence Survey and Redtown Follow-up Study, and lead supervisor of eight undergraduate final year Law Plus students on their Advanced Lawyering Module. She is currently lead researcher on the Evaluation of the Bail Supervision Scheme. Catherine is also the REPPP communication officer.
A youth justice researcher with a BA, MA, and a diploma in German, John’s recent professional background is in research, evaluation, and policy development across a range of child and family prevention and early intervention, social crime prevention, and addiction and support programmes. Since completing his MA in Community Development at NUI Galway in 2008, John has worked as a researcher and evaluator on numerous research and programme evaluation projects, mostly on behalf of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) at NUI Galway.
Deirdre Fullerton a researcher joined the REPPP project in March 2018. She qualified as a psychologist, and has a particular interest in research with children and young people. With over 20 years’ research experience, Deirdre specialises in the conduct of evidence reviews to inform policy and practice. Recent evidence reviews include the transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult services, and the management of aggressive behaviour in residential care settings. She has also considerable experience in undertaking external evaluations of health and social interventions. Before joining the REPPP team, Deirdre was co-founder and director of Insights Health and Social Research, an independent research consultancy. Deirdre has also held academic posts at Ulster University (Research Lecturer), University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (Research Fellow) and University College London Institute of Education (Research Officer). Her research has been published in international journals including the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Adolescent Health, Quality in Health Care, and the Health Education Journal, as well as book chapters and published reports. She has also co-authored a text book on the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).