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.

Contact

Phone :1319 (Canberra)
Email :stephanie.taplin@acu.edu.au
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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

2018

Tensions and contradictions in family court innovation with high risk parents: The place of family drug treatment courts in contemporary family justice, in International Journal of Drug Policy

Sensitive topics in social research involving children, in International Journal of Social Research Methodology

2017

Prenatal reporting to child protection: Characteristics andservice responses in one Australian jurisdiction, in Child Abuse and Neglect

Interventions to improve supervised contact visits between children in out of home care and their parents: A systematic review, in Child and Family Social Work (online version)

Psychometric investigation of the Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory in mothers on opioid substitution therapy, in Journal of Family Violence

2016

Prescription opioid analgesics for pain management in Australia: twenty years of dispensing. , in Internal Medicine Journal

2015

kContact, an enhanced intervention for contact between children in out-of-home care and their parents: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled tria, in BMC Public Health

The nature and extent of child protection involvement among heroin-using mothers in treatment: High rates of reports, removals at birth and children in care, in Drug and Alcohol Review

Identifying alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy: Outcomes for women, their partners and their children

2014

Supervised contact visits: results from a study of women in drug treatment with children in care., in Children and Youth Services Review.

2013

Mothers in methadone treatment and their involvement with the child protection system: A replication and extension study. , in Child Abuse and Neglect.

2011

Family Drug Courts: An option for the Australian child protection system. , in Developing Practice.

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).