Dr John Davis is Head of Department in Educational Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has written and produced many seminar, conference papers, research reports and publications on a range of topics: Participation in hospitals, mental health services, out of school clubs, and respite care centres; skills training and blended learning, in early years, children and family service contexts; equality issues in health, education, community, leisure and social services; inclusion and inter-agency working; and research methods for working with children and adults.
Dr John Canavan is joint founder and Associate Director of the Child and Family Research Centre. He has extensive experience in researching and evaluating social intervention programmes in the areas of child and family care, educational disadvantage, and community and local development. In his current role he oversees the work programme of the CFRC, acting as Principal Investigator on a number of major projects. With Professors Pat Dolan and John Pinkerton he has co-edited two key volumes on Family Support.
Professor Tony Fahey is Professor of Social Policy and Head of the School of Applied Social Science in University College Dublin. He is a sociologist by training and has published on family demography, family policy, the elderly, housing, and quality of life. Among his current research projects is a study of living conditions in local authority housing estates in Ireland.
Professor Matt Sanders is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland. He conducts research and has published extensively in the area of parenting, family psychology and the prevention of behavioural and emotional problems in children. He is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, which has won a National Violence Prevention Award from the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Australia and is now run in 17 countries around the world.
Professor Alan Smith is UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster. His work includes research on young people's understanding of human rights and citizenship. He has been a visiting fellow to Nigeria, Indonesia and Hong Kong; a consultant for DFID, UNICEF and World Bank in Bosnia, Nepal and Sri Lanka with publications on ‘Education, Conflict and International Development’.
Ms Mary Smith is an Integration Manager with a local authority in Scotland and is an associate lecturer at Edinburgh University where she tutors final year students on the BA in Childhood Practice. Mary's work over the last fifteen years has been around the area of disaffected children and families. Mary recently completed a Doctorate in Education exploring the role of Family Support Work within her authority.
Father Aidan Troy was born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland in 1945. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and has ministered in Ireland, London, San Francisco, and Rome and more recently at Holy Cross, Belfast (2001-2008). Currently based in Paris, he works in a parish with a predominantly immigrant population. He has one book published, Holy Cross – a personal experience (2005), and a book on suicide due for publication in late 2009.