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Marie Keenan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice
Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168319
Email: marie.keenan@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Marie Keenan specialises in public policy and therapeutic responses to crime. Her research focuses on sexual violence and abuse, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, sexual trauma and on restorative and transformative justice. She is a systemic and forensic psychotherapist, a lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and a member of the Advisory Board of UCD's Criminology Institute. She is a member of the International Academic Board for literature reviews for the Australian Royal Commission into the abuse of children in Australia. Her most recent publications include Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Responses (2017), London: Routledge with Estelle Zinsstag (Eds.); Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organizational Culture (2012), New York: Oxford University Press (also translated into Hungarian, Keenan, M (2017). A Gyermerer Szexualis Bantalmazasa es A Katolikus Egyhaz: Gender, hatalom es szervezeti kultura. Budapest: Oriold Es Tarsai; Broken Faith: Why Hope Matters (2013) Bern: Lang, with Pat Claffey and Joe Egan (Eds) and Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?l(2014) Dublin: UCD. Email: marie.keenan@ucd.ie 

Before taking up a teaching and research position at UCD Dr. Keenan worked for more than twenty years as a social worker and forensic and systemic psychotherapist in Lambeth Social Services, Brixton, London; Psychiatric Unit of Cork Regional Hospital; Learning Disability Services, Warwick, England; Cluain Mhuire Adolescent Psychiatric Service; Probation and Welfare Service, of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; The Rutland Addiction Treatment Centre; The Granada Institute, Dublin (which offered services for victims and perpetrators of sexual crime) and in her own independent practice.
 

Dr. Keenan was instrumental in establishing a Support Group and Advisory Board for clergy out of ministry following sexual abuse and boundary violation allegations and served for three years as Chairperson of the Advisory Board, (now a Board Member)  has served as Chairperson of the Irish Family Therapy Association of Ireland, on the Board of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, on the Advisory Group for the implementation of the Guidelines on Child Sexual Abuse for the Irish Episcopal Conference, and on the Expert Group [Ferns 5] set up by the Department of Health and Children to advise the Minister for Health and Children on the feasibility of establishing country-wide services for the treatment of adolescent and adult males who had perpetrated sexual offences. She has chaired several of the meetings of the Catholic Bishop's Conference on child abuse and served on several advisory panels for Religious Orders in Ireland.

Dr. Keenan has taught and led specialist workshops in a range of universities and training institutes in Dublin and she has presented her research and clinical work in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, the United States of America, Australia and South Africa.

Specialising in the area of crime, sexual trauma and sexual offending, Dr. Keenan's conducted research of Roman Catholic clergy who have sexually abused minors and on the Church's response to the problem of child sexual abuse. She was the Principal Investigator of a Facing Forward/UCD collaborative research project on sexual violence and restorative justice and was a Senior Researcher and Co- principal Investigator with KU Leuven on a Daphne III funded project on an international research project on a sexual violence and restorative justice  Developing Integrated Responses to Sexual Violence: An Interdisciplinary Research Project on the Potential of Restorative Justice.

Dr Keenan has been involved in the research for several programmes on sexual abuse and is currently engaged in making a sensitive docudrama on restorative justice in sexual violence cases with Broadcasting Association of Ireland funding. Dr. Keenan is a regular contributor to discussions on radio, television and in the print media on these and other social problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: Erasmus Teaching Staff Exchange (Transforming Social Work: A Global Perspective)
Year: 2017.
Title: Seeking Justice: Towards The Good Society Research Showcase

Associations

Association: Family Therapy Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Chairperson June 2010- May 2012, Vice Chair 2008-2010; Current Member
Association: Facing Forward, Function/Role: Member of Sexual Violence and Trauma Project
Association: Irish Council for Psychotherapy., Function/Role: Accredited Psychotherapist;
Association: European Association for Psychotherapy., Function/Role: Accredited Psychotherapist (European);
Association: Irish Penal Reform Trust, Function/Role: Board Member 2002-2003
     

Conference Contributions

Zinsstag, E. and Keenan, M (2014) Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice: A comparative Analysis of Denmark and Ireland. [Refereed Abstracts], Beyond Crime: Pathways to Desistance, Social Justice and Peacebuilding, Eighth Conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Belfast , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14.
Keenan, Marie (2013) Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Broader Systemic Interventions. [Invited Lecture], Eight International European Family Therapy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey , 23-SEP-13 - 27-SEP-13.
Keenan (2012) Child Sexual Abuse: Mediating a Response. [Invited Lecture], One-resolve Mediators Forum, Dublin , 07-JUN-12 - 07-JUN-12.
Keenan, Marie (2012) The Role of the Confessional. [Invited Lecture], UCC Law Society Debate, Cork: University College Cork , 12-JAN-12 - 12-JAN-12.
Keenan Marie (2012) Child Sexual Abuse. Are the Irish Different?. [Invited Lecture], Are the Irish Different?, Dublin: University College Dublin , 20-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12.
M.Keenan; (2006) Workshop for members of the Redemptorist Order. [Invited Lecture], Sexual Abuse and Catholic Clergy, Dublin , 01-OCT-06 - 01-OCT-06.
M.Keenan; (2004) Workshop on Child Protection for Superiors of the Irish Jesuit Province. [Invited Lecture], Child Protection- Revisiting the Protocol, Dublin , 01-OCT-04 - 03-OCT-04.
Keenan, M; (2003) Clerical Men who Have Sexually Abused Children. What do we know?. [Oral Presentation], Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Cloyne, Co. Cork, Cork , 20-OCT-03 - 20-OCT-03.
Keenan, M; (2003) The Transition from Boyhood to Manhood. The Challenge for Parents. [Oral Presentation], Presentation to Parents and Sixth Year Students of Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare. , Co. Kildare , 01-MAR-03.
Keenan, M; (2003) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church. . [Oral Presentation], Workshop facilitated for Bishop and Priests of Diocese of Kilalla, Co. Mayo. , Co. Mayo , 01-JAN-03.
Keenan, M; (2002) Child Sexual Abuse: The Heart of the Matter. [Oral Presentation], AGM of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth , 03-SEP-02 - 05-SEP-02.
Keenan, M; (2002) Men at the Margins: Clerical Men who have Perpetrated Child Sexual Offences. [Oral Presentation], John Paul 2nd Theological Society, National University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Maynooth, Co. Kildare , 01-APR-02.
Keenan, M; (2002) Men at the Margins: Therapeutic Work with Men who have committed Sexual Offences. [Oral Presentation], Workshop conducted for The Family Therapy Association of Ireland. , Dublin , 01-JAN-02.
Keenan, M; (1999) Sexual Crime perpetrated by Priests and Religious Brothers. What do we know?. [Oral Presentation], Workshop conducted for members of An Garda Siochana. , Dublin , 01-SEP-99.
Keenan, M; (1998) Caring for Those left Picking up the Pieces: Colleagues and Families of Clerical Men who have Sexually Offended against Children. [Oral Presentation], World Conference of English Speaking Bishops, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. , Co. Tipperary , 01-MAY-98.
M.Keenan; (1997) Resettlement of Sex Offenders in the Community. [Keynote Address], Sex Offenders in the Community, Belfast , 15-SEP-97 - 15-SEP-97.
M. Keenan; (1997) Child Sexual Abuse and the Roman Catholic Church. St. Lukes Institute, Washington. [Invited Lecture], Clergy men who have sexually abused children - the Irish Experience, St. Lukes Institute, Washington, DC , 30-OCT-97 - 30-OCT-97.
Keenan, M; (1997) Clerical Men who Commit Sexual Offences against Children. A Narrative Approach to Therapy within a Systemic Frame. [Oral Presentation], NOTA Conference, University of Southampton, England, Southampton , 01-SEP-97.
Keenan, M; (1996) Therapeutic Engagement with Men who have Committed Sexual Crime. [Oral Presentation], 21st Anniversary of Family Therapy inIreland, Dublin , 01-MAY-96 - 02-MAY-96.
Keenan, M; (1996) Child Sexual Abuse by Men in Clerical and Religious Life: The Irish Experience. [Oral Presentation], St. Luke's Institute, Washington, D.C. USA, Washington D.C. USA. , 01-FEB-96.

Committees

Committee : Advisory Panel to Irish Jesuits.
Committee : Irish Franciscan Order on matters relating to Child Sexual Abuse.
Committee : Independent Advisory Panel to the Irish Christian Brothers on Child Sexual Abuse
Committee : National Advisory Group to The Irish Episcopal Conference on Child Sexual Abuse.
Committee : Diploma in Sexual Abuse Counselling, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
Committee : Vice Chairperson - Family Therapy Association of Ireland 2008-2010
Committee : Member of Sexual Trauma and Violence Project - Facing Forward 2008
Committee : Health Services Executive - Ferns 5 - Expert Panel advising Minister for Health and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on Development of Therapeutic Programmes for Sexual Offenders in Ireland
Committee : Family Therapy Association of Ireland
Committee : Global Partnership For Transformative Social Work: Programme Committee 2010
Committee : Advisory Board Support Group for Catholic Clergy out of Ministry
Committee : Advisory Board for Support Group for Catholic Clergy out of Ministry
Committee : Advisory Board for Institute of Criminology, UCD

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer Permanent Full-time
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer Temporary Part-Time 1 Year
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer - Temporary Full-time 1 Year
Employer: The Granada Institute, Shankhill, Dublin
Position: Co-ordinator of Treatment Programme and Consultant Psychotherapist
Employer: Full-time and Part-time Independent Forensic and Systemic Psychotherapy Practice
Position: Independent Forensic and Systemic Psychotherapist
Employer: The Rutland Centre, Knocklyon, Dublin
Position: Consultant Psychotherapist Addiction Services
Employer: Department of Justice, The Training Unit, Mountjoy Prison, Dublin
Position: Probation and Welfare Officer
Employer: Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Cluain Mhuire Adolescent Services, Blackrock, Dublin
Position: Adolescent Mental Health Social Worker
Employer: Professorial Psychiatric Unit, The Regional Hospital, Cork
Position: Mental Health Social Worker
Employer: Department of Social Services, London Borough of Lambeth, London, SW2
Position: Social Worker (Child Protection and Mental Health)

Education

Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1994 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MSocSc Subject:
Year 1978 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: DASS Subject:
Year 1978 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: CQSW Subject:
Year 1976 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSocSc Subject:
 

Consultancy

Client: Daughters of St. Vincent de Paul 2006
Client: Franciscan Order 2006
Client: National Assessment Unit, Finglas, Dublin 2002
Client: St. Michael's Assessment Unit 2000
Client: Oberstown Boys Centre 1998
Client: Diocese of Killaloe 2008
Client: Irish Bishops Conference, 2005

Outreach Activities

2014-present Royal Commission into Child Abuse in Australia: member of academic advisory boards and supporting the work of the commission in a variety of ways
Support for Irish Association of Catholic Priests through talks and consultations 
2014- Present: Founding Member and Member of Advisory Board for the Support Group for Catholic Clergy out of ministry following boundary violations and allegations of sexual abuse 
December, 9th 2010. Living with the Pain of Loss. Talk at Memorial Service, Association for Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young.
20th October 2010. Learning from Loss. Talk at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Rathmines Dublin.

Journals Edited

Critical Social Policy: Reviewer.
The Sydney Law Review: Senior Reviewer.
Restorative Justice: An International Journal. Hart Publishing: Reviewer.
Feedback: Co-Editor.

Other Activities

Reviewer:
Regular Reviewer for number of Monographs for Academic Publishers:
Oxford University Press
Manchester University Press 

Film:
I am in the process of making a film on restorative justice and sexual violence with Alan Gilsenan (Director), Tomas Hardiman (Producer) and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Funding 
Broadcast Complaints Commission 2002
Complaint taken under Section 24 (2)(a) and (b) of the Broadcasting Act, 2001, related to the content of a discussion on the Gerry Ryan Show.  The item referred to the imminent release from prison of a priest, Fr. Ivan Payne, who was serving a prison sentence for sexual offences. The complaint was upheld.

Publications

Books

Keenan, M (2017) A Gyermerer Szexualis Bantalmazasa es A Katolikus Egyhaz: Gender, hatalom es szervezeti kultura. Budapest: Oriold Es Tarsai. and Oxford University Press (Translations). [Details]
Keenan (2014) Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?. Dublin: UCD. Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M. (2012) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, Organizational Culture. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Keenan M (2017) 'Criminal justice, restorative justice, sexual violence and the rule of law' In: Zinsstag, E. & Keenan, M (eds). Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence Legal, social and therapeutic dimensions. Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN: Routledge. , pp.44-68 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2017) 'Restorative responses to sexual violence: an introduction (with Estelle Z insstag)' In: Estelle Zinsstag and Marie Keenan (eds). Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, social and therapeutic dimensions. 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN: Routledge. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Keenan Marie (with Estelle Zinsstag and Ivo Aersten) (2017) 'Towards a better understanding of justice: concluding thoughts on restorative responses to sexual violence' In: Estelle Zinsstag and Marie Keenan (eds). Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, social and therapeutic dimensions. Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN: Routledge. , pp.283-296 [Details]
Keenan, Marie (2016) 'Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church' In: Deirdre Healy, Clair Hamilton, Yvonne Daly & Michelle Butler (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminonlogy. Oxon: UK: Routledge. , pp.525-540 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2016) 'Systemic Practice in a Complex System: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church' In: Simon, G. and McCarthy, I (eds). Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice. Farnhill, UK: Everything is Connected Press. Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2014) 'Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church' In: Inglis, T (Ed) (eds). Are the Irish Different?. Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press. , pp.99-109 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M. (2013) 'Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: A Multilayered Perspective' In: Keenan, M (eds). Broken Faith: Why Hope Matters?. Bern: Peter Lang. , pp.83-106 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M.; (2011) 'Them and Us: The Clerical Child Sexual Offender' In: E. McDonagh and V. McNamara (eds). An Irish Reader in Moral Theology, Volumn II, Sex and Marriage. Dublin: Columba Press. Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M; (2011) 'Opening a Space for Hope in a Landscape of Despair: Trauma and Violence Work with Men who have Sexually Abused Minors' In: Witkin, S (eds). Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations. New York, USA: Columbia University Press. [Details]
Keenan, M. ; (2011) 'Sie und Wir. Das Täterbild des Opfers bei sexueller Kindesmisshandlung durch Kleriker' In: Albus Michael and Brüggemann Ludwig (Eds.) (eds). Hände weg! Sexuelle Gewalt in der Kirche. Kevelaer, Germany: Butzon and Bercker GmbH. , pp.44-85 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2009) 'Them and Us: The Clergy Child Sexual Offender as 'Other'' In: Flannery, T (eds). Responding to the Ryan Report. Dublin, Ireland: The Columba Press. , pp.180-231 Link to full text [Details]

Edited Books

Keenan, M., with Mercer, V., Madsen, K & Zinsstag, E (Ed.). (2015) Doing Restorative Justice in Cases of Sexual Violence: A Practice Guide. Leuven: Belgium: Leuven Institute of Criminology. [Details]
Zinssag, E. and Keenan, M (Ed.). (2017) Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions. Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN: Routledge. [Details]
Keenan, M., Claffey P. and Egan. J. (Eds.) (Ed.). (2013) Broken Faith: Why Hope Matters?. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Joyce-Wojtas, N. and Keenan, M. (2016) 'Is Restorative Justice for Sexual Crime Compatible with Various Criminal Justice Systems?'. Contemporary Justice Review, 19 :43-68. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M., Zinsstag, E. & O'Nolan, C. (2016) 'Sexual violence and restorative practices in Belgium, Ireland and Norway: a thematic analysis of country variations'. Restorative Justice: An International Journal. Hart Publishing, 4 (1):86-114. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, Marie (2015) 'Masculinity, Relationship and Context: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church'. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 15 (2):64-77. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M. and Zinsstag E. (2014) 'Restorative justice and sexual offenses: can ¿changing lenses¿ be appropriate in this case too?'. Monatsschrift for Criminology, vol 97 (Issue 1 (February)):93-106. Link to full text [Details]
Rush, M and Keenan, M. (2013) 'The Social Politics of Social Work: Anti-Oppressive Social Work Dilemmas in 21st Century Welfare Regimes'. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (6):1436-1453. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) 'Researching the Lives of Roman Catholic Clergy who have Sexually Abused Minors: Collaborative Inquiry'. Qualitative Social Work, 11 (3):282-298. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) 'Systemic Practice and Research in Large Organizations: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church'. Feedback, 14 (1):31-39. [Details]
Keenan, M (2002) 'Exiled at Home: Therapeutic Conversations with Men who have Sexually Offended'. Feedback, 9 (2):28-31. [Details]
Keenan, M; (1998) 'Narrative Therapy with Men who have Sexually Abused Children, in G. O' Reilly and  A.Carr (Eds) Understanding, Assessing and Treating Juvenile and Adult Sex Offenders.The Irish Journal of Psychology, a special issue'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 19 (1):136-151. [Details]
Keenan, M (1997) 'Systemic Interventions with Men who have Sexually Abused Children'. Feedback, 18 (1):11-15. [Details]
(1988) 'On Working with Sex Offenders'. Feedback, 2 (1):18-21. [Details]

Other Journals

Keenan (2013) 'Senior Diocesan Officials and the Murphy Report' Studies 102 (408) :434-446. [Details]
Keenan, M. (2012) 'Caring About the Welfare of Catholic Clergy: My Perspective' Studies 101 (403) :283-288. [Details]
Keenan, M (2010) 'An Organizational Cultural Perspective on Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church' Doctrine and Life 60 (8) :4-14. [Details]
Keenan, M (2006) 'The Individual and the Institution: Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy' The Furrow 57 (1) :3-11. [Details]
Keenan, M (2002) 'Child Sexual Abuse: the Heart of the Matter' The Furrow 53 (11) :597-605. [Details]

Conference Publications

Keenan, M (2017) Response: Responding to Sexual Violence- Is there a Role for Restorative Justice? Responding to Sexual Violence: Is there a Role for Restorative Justice? University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, , 22-MAR-17 - 22-MAR-17 [Details]
Keenan (2016) Are we Killing our Priests . In: Association of Catholic Priests eds. Are we Killing Our Priests? AGM of Irish Association of Catholic Priests Athlone: Ireland, , 14-NOV-16 - 14-NOV-16 , pp.1-9 [Details]
Keenan, M (2016) Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Challenging Perceptions International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and European Network of Police Women (ENP) , 09-OCT-16 - 13-OCT-16 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2015) Them and Us: Talking about perpetrators of Sexual Violence Talking about Perpetrators Dublin: Dublin Castle, , 29-OCT-15 - 29-OCT-15 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2015) Challenging Perceptions: Why Victims often want to meet their offender in the aftermath of sexual crime NOTA: Supporting Professionals to Prevent Sexual Abuse , 16-SEP-15 - 18-SEP-15 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan (2014) Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities Research Findings Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Research on Restorative and Transformative Possibilities Dublin Castle, , 01-DEC-15 - 01-DEC-14 [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M & Zinsstag, E (2014) Sexual violence and restorative justice: a comparative analysis of Denmark and Ireland BEYOND CRIME: PATHWAYS TO DESISTANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND PEACEBUILDING Belfast: Northern Ireland, , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14 [Details]
Keenan, M (2014) Research Findings: Sexual Trauma and Abuse, Restorative and Transformative Possibilities EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE Leuven: KU Leuven, , 12-NOV-14 - 14-NOV-14 Link to full text [Details]
Keenan, M (2014) Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities? Geary Institute for Public Policy Seminar Series Available Online [Details]
Keenan Marie (2013) Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: The Cascading Problem of Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church Protecting Children in a Changing World, ISPCAN Conference Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities? . In: Irish Council for Psychotherapy eds. Creative Horizons: Contemporary Practices Dublin Castle, Dublin, , 26-JAN-12 - 27-JAN-12 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Why Gender, Power and Organizational Culture Matter Contemporary Ireland School of History and Archives, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, , 30-MAR-12 - 30-MAR-12 [DOI] [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Cultural Attitudes to Sexual Offenders and their Impact upon Offender Management in Ireland Sexual Offenders and Public Disclosures Belfast, , 03-APR-12 - 03-APR-12 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Organized Irresponsibility: The Role of the Seminary in Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Research Seminar Series School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin, , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12 [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Child Sexual Abuse Are the Irish Different? University College Dublin, , 20-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12 [Details]
Keenan, M. (2012) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: A Systemic Perspective . In: British Society of Criminology Conference eds. Criminology at the Borders University of Portsmouth, UK, , 04-JUL-12 - 06-JUL-12 [DOI] [Details]
Keenan (2012) Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Transformative Possibilities Irish Association of Social Workers CPD Workshops Dublin: St Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street, , 25-MAY-12 - 25-MAY-12 [Details]
Keenan, M (2012) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church - Why Gender, Power and Organisational Culture Matter . In: Humanities Institute of Ireland eds. Humanities Institute Seminar Series Dublin: UCD, , 03-APR-12 - 03-APR-12 [DOI] [Details]
Keenan, M. (2011) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: A Multilayered Perspective Broken Faith: Re-visioning the Catholic Church in Ireland Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M (2011) Priesthood in a Time of Crisis: What do we know about Priests and the Challenges they Face? Priesthood in a Time of Crisis Green Isle Hotel, Dublin, October 5th, , 04-OCT-11 - 05-OCT-11 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2011) Capturing Narratives: The Challenges of Narrative Research for Narrative Therapists Narrative Therapy and Research Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2010) Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church Seminar Series University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, , 13-APR-10 [Details]
Keenan, M.; (2010) Therapeutic Work with Men who have Sexually Abused Minors. Global Social Work Lapin yliopisto, Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi, Finland , , 19-MAY-10 - 02-JUN-10 [Details]
Keenan, M.; (2010) Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: An Overview Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Theological Perspectives Irish Theological Association, Milltown Institute, Dublin, , 14-MAY-10 [Details]
Keenan, M; (2010) Researching the Lives of Roman Catholic Clergy who have Sexually Abused Minors SOSNET, Sosiaalityön jatko-opiskelijoiden metodologinen kesäkoulu 2010:ETIIKKA SOSIAALITYÖN TUTKIMUKSESSA Lapin yliopisto, Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi, Finland, , 19-MAY-10 - 21-MAY-10 [Details]
M.Keenan; (2008) The Impact of Clerical and Seminary Culture on Irish Roman Catholic Clergy who have Sexually Abused Minors Preventing Sexual Violence Through Effective Sexual Offender Treatment and Public Policy Cape Town South Africa, , 27-AUG-08 - 30-AUG-08 Available Online [Details]
M.Keenan; (2008) Giving Account: A Study of Irish Roman Catholic Clergy who have Sexually Abused Minors Preventing Sexual Violence through Effective Sexual Offender Treatment and Public Policy Cape Town South Africa, , 27-AUG-08 - 30-AUG-08 Available Online [Details]
M.Keenan; (2004) Catholic Clergy and Abuse - Current Research Education and the Catholic Church. School of Sociology, university College Dublin Dublin, , 10-MAR-04 - 10-MAR-04 [Details]
M.Keenan; (2004) Sexual Offending - The Irish Social Context Contemporary Irish Perspectives on Sexual Offending, Department of Psychology, University College Dublin Dublin, , 16-APR-04 - 16-APR-04 [Details]
Keenan, M; (2003) Transition from Boyhood to Manhood: The Challenge for Parents Students and Parents of Sixth Year Students [Details]
Keenan, M. ; (2002) Child Sexual Abuse: The Heart of the Matter AGM of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland [Details]
Keenan, M; (2000) Institutional Abuse, A Comment . In: Mac Aodha, L eds. Child Abuse in Institutional Care: Learning from the Past and Hoping for the Future Kilkenny, , 01-APR-00 , pp.61-63 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (1999) Child Sexual Abuse: The Web of Human Suffering . In: Mac Aodha, L eds. Child Sexual Abuse: The Irish Experience so Far and the Way Forward Athlone, , 26-APR-99 , pp.10-22 Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M. ; (1998) Caring for Those left Picking up the Pieces: Colleagues and Families of Clerical Men who have Sexually Offended against Minors World Conference of English Speaking Bishops on Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy [Details]
Keenan, M; (1997) Resettlement of Sex Offenders in the Community . In: Niacra eds. Sex Offenders in the Community (Key note Address) Belfast, Ireland, , pp.16-26 [Details]
Keenan, M. ; (1996) Child Sexual Abuse by Men in Clerical and Religious Life: The Irish Experience Sexual Abuse and Catholic Clergy [Details]
       

Newspaper Articles

Keenan, M (2014) Opinion Piece Irish Independent. Irish Independent: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Keenan; (2010) Protecting the Institution of the Catholic Church. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan (2009) Responding to the Murphy Report. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Keenan, M; (2009) The Ryan Report. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M (2009) The New Punitiveness. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2008) Church Must not Persecute Abusers to Protect Public. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M.; (2008) Screening the Clergy. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2008) Church must also Extend Compassion to Clergy Abusers. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2005) Sex Offenders are Just as Entitled to a Home. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2002) Over-valuing of Celibacy part of the Church's Current Crisis. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M; (2002) How Should we Keep our Children Safe from Abuse? Hounding Convicted Sex Offenders out of their Homes is not the Answer to Protecting Children against Possible Sex Abuse. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Keenan, M.; (1999) Sex Offenders' Register. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
                                                                           

Invited Review Articles

M.Keenan; (1998) Child Sexual Abuse 1. Invited Review Articles [Details]
M.Keenan; (1998) Treatment Can Work. Invited Review Articles [Details]
M.Keenan; (1998) Child Sexual Abuse 2. Invited Review Articles [Details]
                         

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Keenan's current research lies in justice responses to sexual and domestic violence and abuse, in justice mechanisms for victims, accountability mechanisms for offenders  and in healing for both. Her current research is on Restorative Justice as an additional justice mechanism in cases of sexual violence. She is also exploring policing in sexual violence and domestic violence situations. 

She has undertaken a number of research projects as Principle Investigator:

She was Principal investigator on independently funded Sexual abuse in the Catholic Clergy 1998-2007 the results of which were published in a number of scholarly publications, including Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organizational Culture (2012), New York: Oxford University Press and Broken Faith: Why Hope Matters? (2013) with Patrick Claffey and Joe Egan, Bern: Peter Lang. 

She was Co-Principal Investigator 
Senior Researcher and with Dr Estelle Zinsstag, KU Leuven on a Daphne III funded project, Developing Integrated Responses to Sexual Violence: An Interdisciplinary Research Project on the Potential of Restorative Justice out of which a number of scholarly publications have emerged including Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions (2017) (with Estelle Zinsstag (eds) London: Routledge; Doing Restorative Justice in Cases of Sexual Violence: A Practice Guide (2015) with Vince Mercer, Karin Sten Madsen and Estelle Zinsstag (KU Leuven) and a number of scholarly articles in international academic journals. 
 
She was the Principal Investigator of a Facing Forward/UCD collaborative research project, Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities the results of which were published as a book of the same title (2014) Dublin: UCD. 

Dr Keenan also made a number of unsuccessful applications for EU funding as a lead and partner PI in collaboration with several European partners for research in the area of Support for victims of sexual violence in Muslim immigrant communities in Europe (2014-2015) (¿399,467) and Sexual victimisation in the church and other institutional settings: Understanding the needs improving the Response (2015-2016) (¿462,243) and Mobility Grant (Royal Irish Academy) for Understanding the Blind Side of Organizations: Institutional Decision Making and their Publics - A Case study of the Catholic Church in Ireland (¿2484)

 


Research Projects

Sponsor : EC - DG Justice (JUST)
Title : Developing integrated responses to sexual violence:An interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-13 / 28-FEB-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Understanding the Dark or Blind Side of Organizations: Institutional Decision Making and their Publics
Start Date / End Date : 28-AUG-12 / 17-OCT-12
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice: Expanding the Justice Responses for Victims and Offenders
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: A Border-less Crime?
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-OCT-13
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-OCT-13

Recent Postgraduates

Dr Keenan's Phd Students include:

PhD students supervised to completion: 

Dr Marie Murray, Graduated 2015. Topic: The use of Film in Therapy
Ms Mary Kelleher, Successful Viva completed December 2016. Topic: Families experiences of caring following a diagnosis of First Episode Psychosis in a loved one.
 
Current PhD student:

Mary Jo Murphy, expected submission 2017. Topic: Obesity as a Public Health issue

Dr Keenan has served on the Academic PhD panel for students across UCD in the Schools of Law and Sociology 

She has been extern examiner on a number of PhD candidates 
 

She has supervised circa 70 students engaged in research at Masters level.

Current Postgraduate Students

Mary Murphy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Collaborative engagement within a context of cutting edge empirical research, strong theoretical foundations, critical analysis, practice examples, critical reflection and community action and engagement.

Modules Coordinated

201600   SPOL30200     Social Policy: Crime,SocServ & Justice System
201600   SPOL38190     Social Policy: Child Abuse, Sexual + Domestic
201600   SPOL40190     Social Policy: Justice and Human Rights

Enhancement of Teaching

I undertook training in multicultural issues to accommodate to the changing demographic of students attending UCD. My clinical background in diversity, justice and equality issues also equips me to work effectively and in an ethically sensitive, respectful manner with students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. My modules attract students from mature entry routes to university such as the community drugs programmes and I offer additional supports as required to aid the learning experience. Understanding the different ways in which students learn I upload powerpoint presentations always in advance of class, speak to the topics in the class using theory, empirical research and story and intersperse the presentations with DVD clips, clips from Youtube etc. I also invite guest practitioners, policy makers or service users to class from time to time, engender open dialogue between the guests and myself in the classroom situation and invite students to contribute. I begin every course/module with a strong theory base and draw on cutting edge empirical research as the evidence base and explain and encourage critical analysis. I encourage alternative perspectives and pose complex questions at the end of lectures. Critical media watch and analysis of the topics under consideration is mandated in each course. I use the narrative of 'identity' to engage students in critical analysis and reflection work - and as their identity shifts from student to social scientist I pose dilemmas regarding the obligations and possibilities that this new identity brings. I adopt a similar identity narrative in the training of social workers encouraging their development also as critical social scientists. I adopt a collaborative approach to teaching and draw on the 'expertise' of students to elaborate or dispute a point from their perspective

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

I adopt a reflective and critical approach to curriculum review and enhancement. I review the feedback from students at the end of each module and adjust and modify my modules accordingly. In my role as Extern Examiner for several university based programmes in the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland I take time to examine how best practice in teaching and learning is achieved in other universities in similar and cognate disciplines. I also seek out innovations in the teaching and learning practices and protocols across the university colleagues with whom I collaborate on research in the UK, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Ireland. Some innovations in curriculum design have been influenced by these collaborations, particularly in the development of modules which I designed and developed from scratch, Crime Social Service and the Justice system;Child Abuse, Sexual and Domestic Violence and Justice and Human Rights. My approach to giving thorough written feedback to students on all assignments has been enhanced by the quality of feedback I see given in other universities. I undertook a seminar on teaching and learning when I first became a full time academic to ensure that I understood the expectations of good teaching practice. All of my advanced learning has come from international teaching and learning sources. I have also helped young colleagues to develop engaging approaches to teaching. I have undertaken several curricula review for the Higher Diploma in Social Policy of which I am the current director. I have also taken part in several curricula reviews to ensure programme coherence for the Batchelor of Social Science Degree and for the Masters in Social Science (Social Work) programme. In line with international developments I also include alumni, practitioners and service users in module construction and delivery.

Developing as a Teacher

I undertook a seminar on teaching and learning when I first joined UCD to ensure that I understood the expectations of good teaching practice. All of my advanced learning has come from international teaching and learning sources. In my role as Extern Examiner for several university based programmes in the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland I take time to examine how best practice in teaching and learning is achieved in other universities in same and cognate disciplines. I seek out innovations in the teaching and learning practices and protocols across the university colleagues with whom I collaborate in the UK, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Ireland. Some innovation in curriculum design have been influenced by these collaborations, particularly in the development of modules which I designed and developed from scratch. My approach to giving thorough written feedback to students on all assignments has been enhanced by the quality of feedback I see given in other universities. I have also helped young colleagues to develop engaging approaches to teaching.

Innovation & Leadership

I share teaching and learning innovations with colleagues and allow observation of my teaching style and creativity with international and Irish colleagues. I have led teams of researchers and helped these young academics to develop their teaching and presentation skills from scratch. I am currently making a film for the purpose of creative teaching and learning as well as influencing policy.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Emilie Pine, Director, Irish Memory Studies Research Network www.irishmemorystudies.com
School of English, Drama and Film, UCD - on the Ryan Report Memory Project

Dr Deirdre Healy, Sutherland School of Law, UCD  - on Criminological research and writing

Dr Valerie O'Brien, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice - on curriculum development and co-teaching on modules 

 

External Collaborators

Professor Ivo Aertsen, Professor of Criminology, KU Leuven, Belgium

Dr Estelle Zinsstag, Senior Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Professor Tony Ward, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Professor Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University (Brisbane) Australia
 
Judge Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School (Emeritus), Restorative Justice Practitioner and Teacher
 
Professor Paul Murray, Dept Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
 
Professor Clare McGlynn,  Professor of Law, Durham University, UK

Professor Patricia Kennedy, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland