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Deirdre Healy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164125
Email: deirdre.healy@ucd.ie

Biography

Deirdre Healy, BA, PhD has been a Lecturer in Criminology at the UCD Institute of Criminology/ Sutherland School of Law since 2010. She completed her PhD at the UCD Institute of Criminology in 2006 and was subsequently employed as a researcher on a number of funded projects, including a national study of attrition in rape cases (NUI Galway) and a longitudinal study of pathways to desistance among young adult offenders (Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield).  She returned to UCD in 2008 to take up a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. During this time, she completed the "Crime, Desistance and Reintegration" study, which explored the psychosocial processes underpinning desistance from crime among adult male probationers.

Deirdre's teaching and research interests include desistance from crime, community sanctions, criminological theory and victimisation. Her work has been published in prestigious international and Irish journals, including Theoretical Criminology and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Her books include: the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology (with Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly and Michelle Butler; Routledge, 2015); The Dynamics of Desistance: Charting Pathways Through Change (Willan, 2010) and Rape and Justice in Ireland (with Conor Hanly and Stacey Scriver; Liffey Press, 2009). Deirdre is currently involved in two research projects, "Histories of Probation in Ireland" (with Louise Kennefick, Maynooth University) and "Supervisible" (with Wendy Fitzgibbon, University of Leicester).

Professional

 

Associations

Association: COST Action on Offender Supervision in Europe, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Society of Criminology, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Psychological Society, Function/Role: Graduate Member
     

Conference Contributions

Healy, D. (2014) The Dynamics of Desistance. [Invited Oral Presentation], IASIO Seminar, Dublin , 20-NOV-14 - 20-NOV-14.
Healyd (2016) Becoming a desister: Exploring the role of agency, coping and imagination in the construction of a new self. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Probation Service Journal Club, The Probation Service, Dublin , 13-APR-16 - 13-APR-16.
Healy, D. and Kennefick, L. (2016) Histories of Probation in Ireland: Preliminary Findings. [Oral Presentation], ESC Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures annual conference, Dublin , 26-MAY-16 - 27-MAY-16.
Healy, D. (2014) I've always tried but I hadn't got the willpower: Understanding pathways to desistance in the Republic of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Desistance Conference, University of Sheffield , 15-SEP-14 - 17-SEP-14.
Healy, D. (2013) Experiencing Offender Supervision in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 9th annual Irish Criminology Conference, Cork , 20-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13.
Healy, D. (2013) Agency and desistance: Translating theory into practice. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions, Liverpool , 25-APR-13 - 25-APR-13.
Healy, D. (2013) Agency and the Desistance Process. [Oral Presentation], 13th Annual Conference of European Society of Criminology, Budapest , 04-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13.
               

Publications

Books

Deirdre Healy; (2010) The Dynamics of Desistance. UK: Willan Publishing. Available Online [Details]
Conor Hanly, Deirdre Healy, Stacey Scriver; (2009) RAPE AND JUSTICE IN IRELAND A National Study of Survivor, Prosecutor and Court Responses to Rape. Ireland: Liffey Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

McAlister, S. and Healy, D. (2015) 'Crime, conflict and poverty' In: Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. and Butler, M (eds). Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Donnellan, M. and Healy, D. (2014) 'Interview with Michael Donnellan, Director General, Irish Prison Service, ROI' In: Hurley, M.H. and Das, D.K (eds). Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders around the World Volume 2. FL: CRC Press. [Details]
Healy, D. (2015) 'The Evolution of Community Sanctions in the Republic of Ireland: Continuity, Challenge and Change' In: Robinson, G. and McNeill, F (eds). Community Punishment in Europe¿. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Healy, D. (2015) 'I've always tried but I hadn't got the willpower: Understanding pathways to desistance in the Republic of Ireland' In: Shapland, J., Farrall, S. and Bottoms, A.E (eds). Global Perspectives on Desistance: Reviewing What We Know and Looking tot he Future. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Healy, D. (2015) 'Desistance, Recidivism and Reintegration: Understanding change and continuity in criminal careers' In: Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. and Butler, M (eds). Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
Nolan, B., Whelan, C., Calvert, E., Fahey, T., Healy, D., Mulcahy, A., Maitre, B., Norris, M., O'Donnell, I., and Winston, N. (2014) 'Ireland: Inequality and impacts in boom and bust' In: Nolan, B., Salverda, W., Checci, D., Marx, I., McKnight, A., Toth, I., van der Werfhorst, H (eds). Changing Inequalities & Social Impacts in Rich Countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. and Butler, M (Ed.). (2015) Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
O¿Donnell, I., O¿Sullivan, E. and Healy, D (Ed.). (2005) Crime and Punishment in Ireland 1922 to 2003: A Statistical Sourcebook. Dublin: IPA. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Healy, D. (2014) 'Becoming a Desister: Exploring the Role of Agency, Coping and Imagination in the Construction of a New Self'. British Journal of Criminology, 54 (5):873-891. [Details]
Carr, N., Healy, D., Kennefick, L, and Maguire, N. (2013) 'A Review of the Research on Offender Supervision in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland'. Irish Probation Journal, 10 :50-74. [Details]
Healy, D. (2013) 'Changing fate? Agency and the desistance process'. Theoretical Criminology, 17 (4):557-574. [Details]
Deirdre Healy; (2009) 'Probation matters'. Irish Jurist, XLIV (1):239-257. [Details]
Healy, D. (2012) 'Advise, assist and befriend: Can probation supervision support desistance?'. Social Policy and Administration, 46 (4):377-394. [Details]
Deirdre Healy; (2010) 'Betwixt and Between: The role of psychosocial factors in the early stages of desistance'. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47 (4):419-438. [Details]
Ian O'Donnell and Deirdre Healy; (2010) 'Crime, Consequences and Court Reports'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 20 (1):2-7. [Details]
Deirdre Healy; (2009) 'Ethics and Criminological Research: Charting a Way Forward'. Irish Probation Journal, 6 :171-181. [Details]
Healy, D. and O'Donnell, I; (2008) 'Deciding When to Call Time on Crime: Motivation, Generativity and Agency in Irish Probationers'. Probation Journal, 55 (1):25-38. [Details]
Healy, D. and O'Donnell, I. ; (2006) '`Criminal thinking on probation: A perspective from Ireland'. Criminal Justice and Behaviour, 33 (6):782-802. [Details]
Healy, D. and O'Donnell, I. ; (2005) 'Probation in the Republic of Ireland: Context and Challenges'. Probation Journal, 52 (1):56-68. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Healy, D. (2012) Changing Fate? Agency and the Desistance Process Irish Criminology Conference [Details]
                               

Book Reviews

Healy, D. (2013) Book review: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church by Marie Keenan. Book Reviews [Details]
Healy, D. (2012) Book Review: The Ends of Harm. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                               

Research

Research Interests

Deirdre Healy's research interests include desistance from crime, community sanctions and victimisation.  She is currently involved in two research projects: Supervisible (with Wendy Fitzgibbon, University of Leicester) which uses uses the Photovoice method to investigate the lived experience of supervision from the perspective of probation clients, and Histories of Probation in Ireland: A Theoretical Analysis (with Louise Kennefick, Maynooth University) which aims to produce an oral history of the Probation Service from the perspective of core participants, namely administrators, probation officers and clients. 

   

Current Postgraduate Students

Lauren O Connell, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Clare Cresswell, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Megan Coughlan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor