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Dr Suzanne Mooney

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Suzanne Mooney

Dr Suzanne Mooney

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr. Mooney is a social worker, systemic family therapist and researcher. She is interested in the impact of adverse experiences on the lives of individuals (both adults and children) and their family networks, and how services can better need emerging needs.

Her PhD explored the care needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer. She is involved in research and practice initiatives relating to the Adverse Childhood Experiences and has conducted an evidence review of Trauma-Informed Care

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • Adverse childhood experiences

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Social work practice

  • Systemic family therapy

  • Domestic Violence

  • Trauma

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Public outreach & key achievements

Dr Mooney was involved in the pilot application of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research in child welfare teams (SEHSCT 2015-18). This led to the design of a Family Life Stories practice workbook and guidance. She has been involved in conducting an evidence review of trauma-informed care as part of the regional trauma-informed practice strategy led by the Safeguarding Board NI (Early Intervention Transformation Programme). A series of reports for justice, social care/child welfare, education, and health were produced.

Research students

PhD ares Early Career Social Workers’ exposure to Trauma: Does the language of resilience and self care obfuscate the need for debriefing and other support? 
Name Geraldine Patterson 
Years of study
Country NI 



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