Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin - Institute of Child Protection Studies (DVCC) (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Coordination))

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

Current Projects

  • Children' s study: Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents: developing and trialling a contact intervention. (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Infant removals: the need to address the over-representation of Aboriginal infants and community concerns of another stolen generation, in Child Abuse & Neglect

Couple and family therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 12. Art. No.: CD011257.

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

Children in social research: Do higher payments encourage participation in riskier studies?, in Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).