Hidden Harms and Hidden Data: Innovative methods of estimating the number of children of parents who misuse substances, including alcohol

Karen Galligan

Trinity College Dublin

Karen Galligan: Principal Investigator, Researcher and PhD CandidateKaren is currently undertaking her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Exploring the prevalence and impact of parental substance misuse on children. Concurrently Karen is working as a Principal Investigator (PI) on a tendered project exploring the numbers, needs, risks, and evidence based interventions for children of parental substance misuse, on behalf of Tusla Child and Family services and a Regional Drugs Task Force, whilst also working in the area of Policy and Research for Mental Health Ireland. Prior to this Karen completed work as PI on a study commissioned by a local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force and Barnardos, establishing the number of children impacted by parental substance misuse. In conjunction with this, Karen has worked extensively as a researcher/evaluator at both a National and European level in the areas of Mental Health, and at a national level in Stroke, and Disabilities.


Background The impact of substance misuse on families and children is well established in International literature. Parental alcohol and other drug misuse is one of the problems most commonly associated with child... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Karen Galligan (Trinity College Dublin)
  2. Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin)

Topic Area

Topics: Innovations in research methodology, education or clinical practice


SU1 » Substance Use (15:00 - Wednesday, 9th November, Seminar Room 0.55)

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