Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group (RAG) is representative of a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in promoting and supporting child care and related research including service users, academic institutions, regulatory bodies, professional associations and research institutions.

The RAG provides independent expert advice to Tusla on identifying and prioritising research topics. Its input helps to enhance the quality of both the research process and the research findings through eliciting a broad spectrum of experiences and views.

RAG members are experts in their area and are well placed to recognise emerging research ideas and opportunities across all of the Tusla remit and to provide advice regarding the research implications of a range of strategic child care and policy issues.

View the Research Advisory Group Terms of Reference here

Current Members of Tusla’s Research Advisory Group include the following:

Marian Brattman

National Manager for Research, Tusla

Angela Feeney

National Research Officer, Tusla

Edel Tierney

National Research Officer, Tusla

Bernard Barrett

National Research and Information Specialist, Tusla

Caroline Roe

National Research Officer, Tusla

Lynn Hirtes

Policy and Research Coordinator, Tusla

Colette McLoughlin

Service Director, National Office, Services and Integration

Sarah Craig

Health Research Board

Deirdre McGillicuddy

UCD School of Education

Dr Marie Gibbons

Early Years Specialist, Tusla

Tracey Monson

Director of Services, Daughters of Charity

Glenn Perry

Senior Educational Welfare Officer, Tusla

John Murphy

Advocacy and Research Officer, EPIC

Ann Ryan

Sexual Violence Services Co-ordinator, Tusla

Aisling Murray

DCEDIY Research and Evaluation Unit

Sinead Tobin

PSW Office of Chief Social Worker, Tusla Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.

Mary Walker

Research Psychologist, Garda Research Unit

Aideen McDonnell

Irish Association of Social Workers

Current membership of Tusla’s Research Advisory Group includes representation from the following organisations:

Regional Manager (Children’s Services) HIQA


Irish Research Council


Social Care Ireland 

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