Associate Prof Stephanie Taplin

Acting Director / Associate Director

Institute of Child Protection Studies

MA (Psychology), Dip Criminology, PhD (Public Health) (University of Sydney)
Phone: (02) 6209 1319
Email: stephanie.taplin@acu.edu.au

Researcher ID: E-4879-2016

Research Interests

  • Parental substance use and its impact on children
  • Prevention of child maltreatment
  • Public health approach to child protection
  • Illicit drug use
  • Role of the courts in child protection
  • Out-of-home care
  • Early intervention
  • Women and parenting

Biography

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 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 two 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.

Stephanie is currently the Acting Director of ICPS.

Research Projects

Current competitive grants:

LP130100282: 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). ARC Linkage Grant: 2013-16. $560,984.00

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), Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin (ACU). ARC Discovery Grant.

Projects completed prior to commencing at the Institute of Child Protection Studies include:

  • Child protection and mothers in substance abuse treatment study, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW (2008 - 2011). More information...
  • Twelve month follow-up of mothers on the NSW OTP, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW (2011 - 2012). More information...

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Bullen, T., Taplin, S., McArthur, M., Humphreys, C. Kertesz, M. (2016). Interventions to improve supervised contact visits between children in out of home care and their parents: A systematic review. Child and Family Social Work.

Dawe, S., Taplin, S., & Mattick, R. (2016). Psychometric Investigation of the Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory in Mothers on Opioid Substitution Therapy. Journal of Family Violence.

Islam, Mofizul M., McRae, I., Mazumdar, S., Taplin, S., & McKetin, R. (2015). Prescription opioid analgesics for pain management in Australia: twenty years of dispensing. Internal Medicine Journal.

Taplin, S., Bullen, T., McArthur, M., Humphreys, C., Kertesz, M., & Dobbins, T. (2015). kContact, an enhanced intervention for contact between children in out-of-home care and their parents: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15, 1134.

Taplin, S., & Mattick, R.P. (2015). The nature and extent of child protection involvement amongst heroin–using mothers in treatment: high rates of reports, removals at birth and children in care. Drug & Alcohol Review, 34(1), 31 - 37.

Taplin, S., & Mattick, R. (2014). Supervised contact visits: Results from a study of women in drug treatment services with children in care. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 65-72.

Taplin, S., & Mattick, R. P. (2013). Mothers in methadone treatment and their involvement with the child protection system: A replication and extension study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(8), 500-510.

Taplin, S., & Mattick, R. P. (2011). Family Drug Courts: An option for the Australian child protection system. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth & Family Work Journal, 28, 13-22.

Research reports

Bullen, T., Taplin, S., Kertesz, M., Humphreys, C & McArthur, M. (2015). Literature review on supervised contact between children in out-of-home care and their parents. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Taplin, S., Richmond, G., McArthur, M. (2015). Identifying alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy: Outcomes for women, their partners and their children (PDF, 645KB). Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs.

Taplin, S., & Mattick, R. P. (2011). Child protection and mothers in substance abuse treatment. NDARC Technical Report No. 320. National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW.

Gates, P., Taplin, S., Copeland, J., Swift, W., & Martin, G. (2009). Barriers and Facilitators to Cannabis Treatment. NCPIC Technical Report No. 1. National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre.

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.

Gates, P., Taplin, S., Copeland, J., Swift, W., & Martin, G. (2008). Barriers and Facilitators to Cannabis Treatment. NCPIC Bulletin No. 4. National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre.

Taplin, S. (2006). Is all contact between children in care and their birth parents 'good' contact? A discussion paper. Sydney: NSW Department of Community Services.

Taplin, S. (2005). Methodological design issues in longitudinal studies of children and young people in out-of-home care: A review of the relevant literature, and recommendations for a longitudinal study in New South Wales. Sydney: NSW Department of Community Services.

Taplin, S. (2005). Trends in the number of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW. Sydney: NSW Department of Community Services.

Watson, J., White, A., Taplin, S. & Huntsman, L. (2005). Prevention and Early Intervention Literature Review. Sydney: NSW Department of Community Services.

Taplin, S. (2002). New South Wales Drug Court Evaluation: A Process Evaluation. Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

Taplin, S., Fletcher, W., Mckenzie, D., & Flaherty, B. (2001). Evaluation of the Safer Towns & Cities Housebreaking Reduction Project. Sydney: NSW Police Service.

Non-Refereed Articles

Taplin, S. (2015, 17 April). Adoption has a role in child protection, but it's no panacea [Opinion Article]. The Conversation.

Practice-Based Publications

Bullen, T., Taplin, S., & Barry, E. (2015). Supporting quality contact visits for children in out-of-home care. Research to Practice Series, Issue 10. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
  • Individual Member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Expert Assessor for Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Peer reviewer for journals