Dr. Bernadine Brady
Dr. Bernadine Brady is a lecturer at the School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI, Galway and works as a Senior Researcher with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Center.
Her research is focused on social ecology and wellbeing of the youth in exploring how community, school, family and service provision affects outcomes of young people. She has published a broad range of peer reviewed research papers in international journals, including Children & Youth Services Review, Children & Society, Journal of Mixed Methods Research and Child & Family Social Work as well as a range of reports and book chapters. Bernadine has particular expertise in relation to youth mentoring, participation and evidence based practice in youth work. She is co-founder of the Global Youth Mentoring Network and co-author of A Guide to Youth Mentoring: Providing effective social support (Jessica Kingsley, 2012) and of Mentoring Young People in Care and Leaving Care: Theory, Research and Practice (Routledge, 2020). Bernadine was Principal Investigator on an Irish Research Council funded study ‘Empathy, caring and connection among early adolescents’ which concluded in 2019.
Prof. Pat Dolan
Prof. Pat Dolan is the Director and joint founder of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and an Academic Director of the M.A. in Family Support Studies. He also contributes to the wider undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes of the School of Political Science and Sociology as well as supervising Ph.D. candidates and Masters Dissertations in Family Support, Social Work and Community Development.
He has worked with and for families as a practitioner, service manager, and academic for over 20 years. He has completed an extensive body of research on family issues including longitudinal research on adolescents, their perceived mental health, resilience and social support networks and has published in a wide range of academic publications. His major research interests are Civic Engagement in Children and Youth, Family Support, Reflective Practice and Service Development, Youth Mentoring Models, Adolescents Resilience and Social Networks. Prof. Dolan has also an extensive policy experience and was recently a member of a Government Task Force advising on the necessary transition programme for the new Child and Family Support Agency.