1. Universities - challenging SVAC

Posted: Tue May, 2019

This page lists the profiles of university members who challenging sexual violence against children (SVAC)

Michael Lewis
University of Central Lancashire, UK
School of Psychology

Dr Michael Lewis is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His time is currently split between the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, and Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust. Dr Lewis is co-lead on a funded research project, conducted in collaboration with Cumbria Constabulary, exploring vulnerability characteristics among young people who have been exposed to CSE. Alongside this, he is author of a book chapter on organised crime where CSE forms a core element of this. Dr Lewis is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and also has a background in operational policing.

Dr Joseph Mooney
University College Dublin, Ireland
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Joseph is Assistant Professor of Social Work at University College Dublin and has a specific focus on child welfare and protection social work. Joseph is a professionally qualified and CORU registered Social Worker. He is highly active in the area of Child Protection and Welfare research. He has spent the past nine years researching the area of Irish policies concerning Retrospective Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse and presents his work to National, International and Community and Practice-Based audiences. Joseph was awarded his PhD at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre under the supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor and externally examined by Professor Ramona Alaggia of the University of Toronto. Joseph's research interests include disclosure of childhood trauma; child sexual abuse; child welfare and protection systems, practice, policy and law. Joseph sits on the editorial board of Child Care in Practice Journal and is a Director of the Irish charity, One in Four.

Dr Maria Papadakaki
Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences

Dr Maria Papadakaki (BSW, MPH, PhD) is a Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the Hellenic Mediterranean University and also the Head of the Laboratory of Health and Road Safety (LaHeRS). She obtained a first degree in Social Work, holds an MPH and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. She has been teaching in undergraduate and MA Courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, since 2005. She has long teaching experience in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education of medical doctors and other health care professionals in Greece. She has been involved in the validation of tools for primary health care, she has designed and carried out training for primary care providers on issues of sexual health and aggressive behaviour and she has been systematically involved in health policy research regarding primary health care (see work indexed in PubMed). She has served as a member of the council of the Regional Council of Social Workers (SKLE) in Greece for many years. She has also served as a Member of the Ministerial Scientific Committee for the Greek Primary Care Reform organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity (Ministerial Decree 1δ/71967/31-07-2013). She is accustomed to working at an international level and has project management expertise due to her involvement in several research projects on an EU and national level. She has co-authored a number of research papers in well-established peer-reviewed journals in Greece and abroad, primarily on primary health care, sexual health and intimate relationships and migrant health (see more in ISI/PubMed).


Dr Susan Roberts
Swansea University Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, UK
Department of Criminology

I am Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology at Swansea University. My research – and much of my teaching – focuses on sexual violence. For my PhD, I explored issues relating to the intergenerational transmission of abuse: Roberts, S. (2017) ‘Experiencing Sexual Victimisation in Childhood: Meaning and Impact – the Perspectives of Child Sexual Abusers’ https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Reco...

Included amongst my publications, are those which examine the strategies employed by child sexual abusers to access victims and perpetrate abuse, as a means of contributing to safeguarding and prevention. I am currently engaged in research with a third sector organisation, exploring ‘what works’ in therapeutic intervention with adult victims/survivors of rape and/or child sexual abuse. I am also involved in research with the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse, where the focus is on ‘uncovering the scale of child sexual abuse in social care records’.

Ajwang’ Warria
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Faculty of Humanities

Ajwang’ Warria is a registered social worker and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand (“Wits”). She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg and Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Wits, she worked in the counter-human trafficking field in southern Africa and she practiced extensively as a social worker with refugee children and children living and working on the streets. As a child rights-based development advocate, Ajwang’ has been part of working groups (coordinated South African government departments), which have been instrumental in creating anti-trafficking and child protection policy documents. Her research interests include child protection (policy and practice), intervention research/structural interventions, child trafficking, migration and international social work.