Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin - Institute of Child Protection Studies PVCE (Office of the PVC Engagement)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Stephanie Taplin has qualifications and interests in psychology, criminology and public health. Stephanie has spent much of her research career in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field and has in recent years focused on the intersection between AOD and child protection. Stephanie has undertaken research with mothers in opioid pharmacological treatment about their children and involvement with the child protection system, and has recently been looking at the issue of prenatal reporting and child protection interventions. Stephanie is currently a Chief Investigator on three large ARC grants. She has a particular interest in the prevention of substance use and mental health problems, and her focus, over recent years, on child protection has developed from this interest.


Phone :1319 (Canberra)
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Research Interests

Parental substance use and its impact on children ; Prevention of child maltreatment ; Public health approach in child protection ; Role of the courts in child protection ; Interventions to reduce the impacts of child abuse ; Drug and Alcohol ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative ; Mixed methods ; Intervention trials in child protection ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Other information

Current funding:

1. ARC Discovery Grant (DP170101441) Infants removed by child protection: nature, extent and impact. Investigators: Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin (ACU), Dr Melissa O'Donnell (UWA), Prof Rhonda Marriott (Murdoch), Prof Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster, UK), Dr Fred Wulczyn (Chicago, USA).

2. ARC Discovery Grant (DP150100864) Involving children in social research: balancing the risks and benefits. Investigators: Prof Morag McArthur (ACU), Prof Anne Graham (Southern Cross University), Dr Merle Spriggs (University of Melbourne), Dr Jenny Chalmers (UNSW), Dr Timothy Moore (ACU), Dr Stephanie Taplin (ACU)

3. ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100282): Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents: developing and trialling a contact intervention. Investigators: Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Stephanie Taplin & Prof Cathy Humphreys (UMelb).