Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin is the Associate Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies, at the Australian Catholic University. She has spent much of her research career in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field and has in recent years focussed on the intersection between AOD and child protection. Stephanie recently undertook a large study with mothers in opioid treatment about their children and involvement with child protection, and has lately been looking at the issue of prenatal reporting and child protection interventions.
Stephanie is also a Chief Investigator on two current large ARC studies. One is a trial of an intervention in contact between parents and children in out-of-home care, while the other explores how ethics committees, researchers, service providers, children and parents weigh up the risks and benefits of children’s participation in research on sensitive issues.