Research Profile

Maria Lotty

Biography

Dr Maria Lotty is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies in UCC and a research associate with the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21).
Maria is the Principal Investigator for the   TARA Project, a professional education and research partnership between Dublin South Central (DSC), Tusla, Child and Family Agency and University College Cork. 
Maria is a graduate of UCC (B. Soc. Sc.) and Goldsmith's College, University of London (MA/DIPSW). She  holds a PhD in Arts (Social Work) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is also a CORU registered Social Worker.
Maria has over 20 years professional experience (youth work, probation, social work) that reflects a comprehensive experience of working with children and families in assessment, therapeutic and project management roles with specialism in the development, delivery and evaluation of psychoeducational groupwork interventions. Through her doctoral study, Maria successfully led a unique research collaboration between UCC and TUSLA, Child and Family Agency, designing, developing and evaluating the internationally recognized Trauma-informed Foster Care Program: Fostering Connections. This programme has made a significant contribution to the development of trauma-informed care in the fostering services in Ireland. She has developed and delivered bespoke trauma and resilience-informed therapeutic interventions to children and their families who have experienced developmental trauma.
She has developed the CPD Certificate in Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice in UCC. This is the first University accredited program in Trauma-informed Care in Ireland that aims to support practitioners who work directly with children, young people, adults, and families. The program is underpinned by coherent framework TARA (Trauma, Attachment, Resilience into Action) to support practitioners to integrate trauma-informed practices into their current practice approach (Lotty, 2021; 2023).
Maria has also developed the  CPD Certificate in Trauma-informed Practice in Education 
which targets educators (Early Years Professional, Primary and Secondary School Teachers). This programme is also offered through the Master of Education (Modular) as an elective module. 

Major Research Themes

  • Psychosocial interventions to support children and families engagement in resilience and post traumatic growth. 
  • Advancing integrated trauma, attachment and resilience - informed practices in child serving systems.
  • Advancing professional education development for child serving practitioners across health, social care and education sectors. 

Research Interests

  • Child protection and welfare
  • Foster care
  • Child and family psychosocial intervention
  • Professional education development for health, social care and education professionals
  • Integration of trauma-informed practices in child serving systems
  • Programme development and evaluation
  • Practice-based research
Maria welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on research with academics, researchers, community organisations and students (including graduate and doctoral research supervision).

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
TARA Project - Trauma, Attachment, Resilience into Action: Building capacity to integrate trauma-informed practices in child welfare (Principal Investigator). Funded by TULSA, Child and Family Agency.10-OCT-2231-DEC-25
Creating a Critical Pedagogy Peer Learning Community, UCC (Co-Applicant)University College Cork31-JUL-2331-DEC-23€1,000.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Dr Noreen KearnsTARA ProjectPostdoctoral Researcher

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2023)'Supporting Child Welfare Practice through an integrated practice model: Trauma, Attachment and Resilience into Action'
Lotty, M. (2023) 'Supporting Child Welfare Practice through an integrated practice model: Trauma, Attachment and Resilience into Action'. The Irish Social Worker, [Details]
(2023)'Understanding the Why: The Integration of Trauma-Informed Care into Speech and Language Therapy Practice'
O' Leary, N., Rupert, A.C., & Lotty, M., (2023) 'Understanding the Why: The Integration of Trauma-Informed Care into Speech and Language Therapy Practice'. Advances in Communication and Swallowing, Preprint :1-7 [DOI] [Details]
(2022)'Development of a Psychoeducational Foster Carer Program Using the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for Complex Interventions'
Lotty, M;Bantry-White, E;Dunn-Galvin, A (2022) 'Development of a Psychoeducational Foster Carer Program Using the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for Complex Interventions'. Child Care In Practice, [DOI] [Details]
(2022)'Towards a more comprehensive understanding of fostering connections: The trauma-informed foster care programme: a mixed methods approach with data integration'
Lotty, Maria; Bantry-White, Eleanor; Dunn-Galvin. Audrey (2022) 'Towards a more comprehensive understanding of fostering connections: The trauma-informed foster care programme: a mixed methods approach with data integration'. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 13 (1):1-29 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Trauma-informed care psychoeducational group-based interventions for foster carers and adoptive parents: A narrative review'
Lotty, Maria; Bantry-White, Eleanor; Dunn-Galvin, Audrey (2021) 'Trauma-informed care psychoeducational group-based interventions for foster carers and adoptive parents: A narrative review'. Adoption And Fostering, :191-214 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Finding the common ground: families, relationships, and child-focused practice in foster care'
Lotty, Maria & Lynch, Sean (2021) 'Finding the common ground: families, relationships, and child-focused practice in foster care'. The Irish Social Worker, :128-146 [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Making sense of the practice of trauma-informed care: A response to the need to implement trauma-informed care into front-line practice'
Lotty, Maria (2021) 'Making sense of the practice of trauma-informed care: A response to the need to implement trauma-informed care into front-line practice'. The Irish Social Worker, :160-171 [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Exploring Trauma-informed Foster Care as a Framework to Support Collaborative Social Worker - Foster Carer Relationships'
Lotty, Maria (2021) 'Exploring Trauma-informed Foster Care as a Framework to Support Collaborative Social Worker - Foster Carer Relationships'. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 21 (1):34-51   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'A qualitative study in Ireland: Foster carers and practitioners perspectives on developing a trauma-informed care psychoeducation programme'
Lotty, Maria; Bantry-White, Eleanor ; Dunn-Galvin, Audrey (2021) 'A qualitative study in Ireland: Foster carers and practitioners perspectives on developing a trauma-informed care psychoeducation programme'. Child Care In Practice, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'An Exploration of the Role of Trauma-informed Care in Fostering Stability'
Lotty, Maria (2020) 'An Exploration of the Role of Trauma-informed Care in Fostering Stability'. The Irish Social Worker, Winter :47-48 [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Childhood Trauma in Mind: Integrating Trauma-informed Care into Early Childhood Education and Care'
Lotty, M. (2020) 'Childhood Trauma in Mind: Integrating Trauma-informed Care into Early Childhood Education and Care'. An Leanbh Og, The Omep Journal of Early Childhood Studies, [Details]
(2020)'The experiences of foster carers and facilitators of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Program: A process study'
Lotty, Maria; Bantry-White, Eleanor; Dunn-Galvin, Audrey (2020) 'The experiences of foster carers and facilitators of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Program: A process study'. Children and Youth Services Review, 119   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Reflections on navigating the PhD journey as a social work practitioner'
Lotty, Maria (2020) 'Reflections on navigating the PhD journey as a social work practitioner'. Qualitative Social Work : Qsw : Research And Practice, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers – Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program'
Lotty, Maria; Dunn Galvin, Audrey; Bantry White, Eleanor (2020) 'Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers – Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program'. Child Abuse & Neglect, 102   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Trauma-informed care research: Implications for foster care practice'
Lotty, Maria (2020) 'Trauma-informed care research: Implications for foster care practice'. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 33 (2) [Full Text] [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2023)TARA Project Phase One Report: Examining the effects of Graduate Trauma-informed Practice Education on Child Welfare Professionals.
Lotty, M., Kearns, N., O'Shea, T. & Frederico, M. (2023) TARA Project Phase One Report: Examining the effects of Graduate Trauma-informed Practice Education on Child Welfare Professionals. UCC, University College Cork. [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2020)Teamwork in Mind: Exploring Collaborative Practices in Foster Care as a key component of Trauma-informed Foster Care. FOSTER.
Lotty, M. (2020) Teamwork in Mind: Exploring Collaborative Practices in Foster Care as a key component of Trauma-informed Foster Care. FOSTER. Articles [Details]
(2019)Fostering stability through ‘Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme’. FOSTER.
Lotty, M. (2019) Fostering stability through ‘Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme’. FOSTER. Articles [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2019)Enhancing Foster Carers' capacity to promote placement stability: Initial development and early-stage evaluation of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme.
Lotty, M. (2019) Enhancing Foster Carers' capacity to promote placement stability: Initial development and early-stage evaluation of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2023)RTE Brainstorm: Here's the Truth about Resilience.
Lotty, M. (2023) RTE Brainstorm: Here's the Truth about Resilience. online: Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Presentation

 YearPublication
(2023)Exploring Assessment through the Lens of Critical Pedagogy Poster presented at the 2023 UCC Teaching and Learning Showcase.
Lotty, M. (2023) Exploring Assessment through the Lens of Critical Pedagogy Poster presented at the 2023 UCC Teaching and Learning Showcase. Presentation [Details]
(2023)Towards Trauma-Informed Health Professions Education and Practice Research Proposal Poster presented at the 2023 UCC Teaching and Learning Showcase.
Kiely, A., Lotty, M., O’Donnell, P. & Heffernan, S (2023) Towards Trauma-Informed Health Professions Education and Practice Research Proposal Poster presented at the 2023 UCC Teaching and Learning Showcase. Presentation [Details]

Manual

 YearPublication
(2017)Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme-Facilitators Guide.
Lotty, M. (2017) Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme-Facilitators Guide. Manual [Details]
(2017)Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme-Toolkit.
Lotty, M. (2017) Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme-Toolkit. Manual [Details]

Podcast - Media

 YearPublication
(2017)Trauma-informed Foster Care: a conservation with Maria Lotty.
Lotty, M. (2017) Trauma-informed Foster Care: a conservation with Maria Lotty. Podcast - Media [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016Excellence PhD Scholarship University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
CORU Professional Social Worker Registration01-MAY-05 /
International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Member/
Irish Association of Social Workers Member/
Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, ISS21 Research Associate. Member of Children and Young Person Cluster/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2023)Critical Pedagogy- (Re)imagining and (Re)enlivening the Classroom? SATLE Seminar, UCC,
Lotty, M. (2023) Exploring Assessment through the Lens of Critical Pedagogy. [Invited Oral Presentation], Critical Pedagogy- (Re)imagining and (Re)enlivening the Classroom? SATLE Seminar, UCC, UCC . [Details]
(2023)7th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference,
Lotty, M. & O'Donoghue, M (2023) Putting Resilience back in the headline towards an integrated holistic practice lens for Child and Families Services beyond a trauma centred lens. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 7th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2023)9th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M. & Hayes, M. (2023) Examining Professional Education in Trauma-informed Practice for Child Welfare and Protection Services: The Trauma, Attachment, Resilience into Action (TARA) Project. [Oral Presentation], 9th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2023)ISPCAN International Congress 2023,
Lotty, M. (2023) Moving from knowing to doing: Supporting Trauma-informed practice in the Irish front-line through TARA (Trauma, Attachment and Resilience into Action). [Oral Presentation], ISPCAN International Congress 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland . [Details]
(2022)9th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2022,
Lotty, M. (2022) Exploring if the whole is greater than the sum of its parts? Evaluating Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme through a mixed methods approach. [Oral Presentation], 9th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2022, Health and Social Care Board, Northern Ireland, Online . [Details]
(2021)Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference,
Lotty, M. (2021) Exploring the transition of childhood to adolescence through the lens of Trauma-informed Foster Care: What does that look like?. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference, Online . [Details]
(2021)Social Care Ireland’s Annual Conference,
Lotty, M. (2021) Responding to children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma through Trauma-informed care: What do you need in your Toolkit?. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Social Care Ireland’s Annual Conference, Online . [Details]
(2021)8th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M. (2021) Finding the Common Ground: families, relationships, and child-focused practice in foster care. [Oral Presentation], 8th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC, Online . [Details]
(2021)9th Children in Care Research Forum, Trinity College Dublin,
Lotty, M. (2021) Key messages from an evaluation of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], 9th Children in Care Research Forum, Trinity College Dublin, Online . [Details]
(2021)ISPCAN International Congress 2021,
Lotty, M. (2021) Key messages from an evaluation of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme. [Oral Presentation], ISPCAN International Congress 2021, Milan, Italy (Online) . [Details]
(2020)Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference,
Lotty, M. and Lynch, S. (2020) Stuck in the Middle. Making Sense of Being Part of Two Families. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference, Online . [Details]
(2019)UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 9th Biennial International Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Supporting the foster family caring for children with increasingly challenging needs through practitioner-carer based practice. [Oral Presentation], UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 9th Biennial International Conference, NUIG . [Details]
(2019)Tusla, Enhancing Practice with Parents and Families: How ACES inform our work Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Informing our Practice through Research: Does Trauma-informed Care improve outcomes for children in foster care?. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Tusla, Enhancing Practice with Parents and Families: How ACES inform our work Conference, Limerick . [Details]
(2019)OMEP Ireland Annual Research Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Examining Trauma-informed care as an approach that addresses early childhood experiences of trauma through relationships. [Oral Presentation], OMEP Ireland Annual Research Conference, MTU . [Details]
(2019)Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Teamwork in Mind: Supporting foster carers in communicating care through the foster carer-social worker relationship. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference, Limerick . [Details]
(2019)Tusla, Cork Area Policy Implementation Group Seminar,
Lotty, M. (2019) Fostering Connections: A Trauma-informed Care evidenced-based intervention for foster carers. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Tusla, Cork Area Policy Implementation Group Seminar, Cork . [Details]
(2019)School of Applied Psychology Invited Talk Series,
Lotty, M. (2019) Changing Minds: Trauma-Informed Care in the Fostering Realm’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], School of Applied Psychology Invited Talk Series, UCC . [Details]
(2019)Trauma-informed Care in Practice Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Implementing Trauma-informed Care in the Child Welfare System: Lessons learned from the evaluation of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme. [Oral Presentation], Trauma-informed Care in Practice Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2019)7th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Putting the Hope back into Social Work: Achieving better outcomes for children in Foster care via Trauma-informed Foster Care. [Oral Presentation], 7th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2019)6th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference,
Lotty, M. (2019) Getting to the heart of the matter: Fostering Connections builds relationships that support children and young people’s development and healing from trauma. [Oral Presentation], 6th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)School of Applied Social Studies PhD Symposium,
Lotty, M. (2018) Neither one nor the other: The Challenges of the practitioner-researcher in the PhD Journey. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], School of Applied Social Studies PhD Symposium, UCC . [Details]
(2018)Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference,
Lotty, M. (2018) Carving Pathways to Fostering Stability via the Carer-Child Relationship: Exploring a Toolkit for Carers of Children who have experienced Trauma’. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Irish Foster Care Association Annual National Conference, Limerick . [Details]
(2018)Social Work Educational and Social Development International Conference,
Lotty, M. (2018) Building Relationships through Fostering Connections: Packing the Practitioner's Toolkit. [Oral Presentation], Social Work Educational and Social Development International Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Social Work Educational and Social Development International Conference,
Lotty, M. (2018) Time to Find the Evidence: Does Fostering Connections, an evidence-informed intervention improve outcomes for children in Foster Care ?. [Poster Presentation], Social Work Educational and Social Development International Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work 5th International Symposium,
Lotty, M. (2018) Does Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Care Foster Care Programme deliver? Let us examine the evidence. [Oral Presentation], Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work 5th International Symposium, Belfast . [Details]
(2018)New Horizons Research Conference,
Lotty, M. (2018) Time to Find the Evidence: Does Fostering Connections, an evidence-informed intervention improve outcomes for children in Foster Care?. [Poster Presentation], New Horizons Research Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2017)Masters in Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M. (2017) My Journey into Research (Opening Address). [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Masters in Social Work Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2017)6th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M. (2017) Future Directions in Fostering: The Trauma Perspective, A Seductive Proposition. [Oral Presentation], 6th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2017)4th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference,
Lotty, M. (2017) Fostering Connections: Relational Practices in Foster Care. [Oral Presentation], 4th Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2016)3rd Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference,
Lotty, M. (2016) Research to Practice: Trauma-informed Care in Foster Care. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Unity Through Relationship International Annual Conference, Dublin . [Details]
(2016)Postgraduate Research Conference,
Lotty, M. (2016) Supporting foster carers to improve placement stability of children in care with developmental trauma : Initial development and process evaluation of the Fostering Connections Programme. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Research Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2015)5th National Child Protection and Social Work Conference,
Lotty, M; Meldon, S; Buckley, A (2015) What Happened to Me? A Trauma-informed Practice in Fostering. [Oral Presentation], 5th National Child Protection and Social Work Conference, UCC . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
TUSLA, Child and Family Agency Independent Research Ethics Committee Selected Member2021 / 2024
TUSLA, Child and Family Agency, Cork Area Policy and Implementation Group Selected Member2014 / 2016

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2023University College Cork Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Digital EducationDigital Education
2022University College Cork Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HEEducation
2020University College Cork PhDArts (Social Work)
1995Goldsmith's College, University of London MA and Higher Diploma in Social Work (CQSW)Social Work
1990University College Cork B.Soc.Sc.Social Work and Sociology

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
School of Applied Social Studies, UCC College Lecturer08-JAN-24 /
Adult Continuing Education, UCC Senior Coordinator (Health and Social Care)01-JUL-21 / 07-JAN-24
Tusla, Child and Family Agency Coordinator of the Trauma-informed Care Research Project01-JUL-16 /
Tusla, Child and Family Agency Fostering Social Worker01-JUL-98 /
Southern Health Board/HSE Child Protection Social Worker01-JUL-96 /
Lewisham Social Services, UK Children and Families Social Worker01-JUL-95 /
North East London Probation Service, UK Assistant Warden01-JUL-92 /
Ogra Chorcai, The Cork Youth Work Association Teamworker/ Teamworker Supervisor01-JUL-90 /

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Child And Family Social Work Referee01-JAN-17 -
Children And Youth Services Review Referee-
Child Abuse And Neglect Referee01-JAN-17 -

Other Activities

 Description

2024 The Housing Agency Webinar Series: ‘Trauma-informed Care in Professional Practice: The TARA Practice Model’, [Invited Speaker].

2023 Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, University College Cork, Public Lecture: 'Relationships as a source of Healing and Resilience'', [invited speaker].

2023 Cork Prison Mental Health Week, 'Nurturing Well-Being and Recovery through Resilience' [Invited speaker].

2022 Cork LifeLong Learning Festival Public Seminar, University College Cork: 'Resilience in the Time of Covid' [invited speaker]

2022 World Mental Health Day, SHINE: Supporting People affected by Mental ill Health Webinar: Trauma and Recovery: Pain Does not have to Define us: 'The Practice of Trauma-informed Care and Mental Health' [Keynote speaker], online.

2022 The 4th Joint UCD Tusla Learning Forum, University College Dublin: 'Realising the Promise: Towards Trauma-informed Practice in the Front-line' [Keynote Speaker].

2021 Partnership, Prevention and Family Support (PPFS) Event for family support staff in Dublin South East/Wicklow Area, Tusla, Child and Family Agency: 'Minding Ourselves after COVID - The Practice of Trauma Informed Care', [Keynote Speaker], Online.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Courses
SS2006/SS2208 Child Care Policy
SS2401 Child Care Policy - Contemporary Issues
SS2004/SS3111 Personal Lives and Family Policy
SS3052 Qualitative Research Methods with Children

Post-Graduate Courses
SS6806 Understanding Trauma-informed Care: Principles and Theory 
SS6807 Application of Trauma-informed Care: Intervention and Practice 
ED6079 Trauma-informed Practice in Education: An Introduction 
SS6202 Social Work Settings (Adoption and Fostering) (Guest lecturer)
ED6201 Special Educational Needs - School Organisation and Practice (Guest lecturer)
ED6701 Practice-based Theories, Concepts, and Approaches in EAL (Guest lecturer)

Module Co-ordinator
SS3032 Practice Preparation and Placement

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Sean Lynch UCC and HSEIRELAND

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