Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin is the Associate Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies. Stephanie has qualifications 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 undertook a large study 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.
Current competitive grants:
ARC Discovery Grant (DP170101441) Removals of infants by the child protection system: examining their nature, extent and impact to guide prevention and early intervention. Investigators: Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin, Dr Melissa O’Donnell (UWA), Prof Rhonda Marriott (Murdoch), Prof Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University, UK), Dr Fred Wulczyn (Chapin Hall, USA). 2017-19.
ARC Discovery Grant (DP150100864) MESSI: 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), Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin (ACU). 2015-17
ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100282) kContact: Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents: developing and trialling a contact intervention. Chief Investigators: Professor Morag McArthur, Dr Stephanie Taplin & Professor Cathy Humphreys (University of Melbourne). 2013-17.
NSW kContact Study Investigators: Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin, Prof Morag McArthur. Funding: NSW Family and Community Services and partner agencies. ICPS has been funded to conduct the NSW kContact study using the same methodology as for the larger ARC-funded kContact study, in four NSW sites.
Taplin, S., & Copeland, J. (2009). Barriers to cannabis treatment. Background paper to the Management of cannabis use disorder and related issues: a clinician's guide. National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre.