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Meet the Team

Professor Tony Long After a 10 years clinical career in children’s nursing and intensive care nursing, and 14 years experience in 6 posts in nurse education, I joined the University of Salford in September 2002 as Senior Lecturer in Child Health Research. In August 2006 I was appointed Professor of Child & Family Health. I am honoured to lead CYP@Salford, a multi-professional research group which spans health, social care and education. It focuses on services, outcomes and impacts on children, young people and families. My own research is focused in two programmes: improving quality of life outcomes for children and their families after acquired brain injury, and enhancing the effectiveness of early intervention in health and social care services for children, young people and families. Undertaking research with key partners in the NHS, Local Authorities, national children’s charities, selected companies and international colleagues is a vital part of my work.

Professor Andrew Rowland  Employed in the North West of England as a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. With a special interest in the child protection (safeguarding vulnerable children) aspects of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Andrew has lectured internationally (USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong) on issues relating to protecting children from harm as well as recognising and responding to possible child abuse and developing processes and organisational systems to protect children at risk of significant harm. Andrew was given his employer’s 2013 Division of Medicine and Community Health Services Doctor of the Year Award. At an international level Andrew is Head of the UK delegation to the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). Andrew’s Churchill Fellowship report is called Living on a Railway Line. Andrew is a Honorary professor at the University of Salford.

Donna Peach A Lecturer in Social Work, Donna was the Principal Investigator of the Rotherham CSE Needs Analysis study.  Donna also has key roles in several child sexual abuse research projects, including Principal Investigator evaluating the CTZN project, Rotherham Voluntary Association’s BASE project and MOSAIC II in Bradford. As a Registered Social Worker, her 30 year career includes working with individuals and families who have experienced abuse and trauma. She also has extensive family court experience working for CAFCASS and as an expert witness. Her research interests are situated within a critical social psychology paradigm and include: adoption, childhood sexual abuse, parenting, familial relationships, social and familial policy, power relations, feminist theory, social protest, ethics, social media, qualitative methodologies, pluralism, dialogism, phenomenology and discourse analysis. You can find Donna on twitter via @donna_peach or email

Dr Dan Allen Social work academic and practitioner. He has background in social work research and practice with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children, families and communities in the United Kingdom and Europe. By attempting to link the fundamental concerns of social work practice with theory development and wider contextual challenges, Dan continually seeks to improve service provision and advance the knowledge, values and skills which inform social work practices and traditions with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people on a more general basis. Dan’s research interests center around: the welfare and inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; participatory, co-produced and action research; social justice; equality and human rights; family support and child protection; fostering and adoption; looked after children; child sexual exploitation; child and family social work; social work theories and methods; identity; resilience; social policy; pedagogical advancements in social work education.

Michael Murphy Senior Lecturer in Social Work. Michael was a social worker and senior practitioner in Staffs and Greater Manchester between 1978 and 1988. In1988/9 he taught social work at Liverpool University. In 1989 he set up and ran the first interagency safeguarding project for Bolton ACPC. Michael Murphy is currently a senior lecturer in the school of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Salford. Half of his time is spent as part of the Children and Families Research Centre. Michael also works on the post-qualifying award in childcare (PQ 2-6) in the north west of England. Michael’s interest in interagency child protection processes led to the authorship of Working Together in Child Protection:An exploration of the multidisciplinary task and system (1995, Aldershot:Arena) and Developing collaborative relationships in interagency child protection work (2004, Russell House). He has also co-authoredPartnership made Painless: a joined up guide to working together.

Dr Muzammil Quraishi Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice. Muzammil undertook his PhD at the Centre for Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Wales, Bangor. His research focused upon the qualitative experiences of Muslim populations as both perpetrators and victims of crime in Britain and Pakistan. Prior to joining the University in 2002, Muzammil was Research Fellow at the Centre Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) at the University of Warwick working on the ‘Muslims in Prison Project’ which was the first major study to evaluate the qualitative experiences of Muslim prisoners in the UK and France. Muzammil has developed specialist knowledge about Muslim populations and crime including working with ex-offenders, advising prison research on countering racism and advising policy makers on challenging Islamophobia in criminal justice contexts.

Ian Cummins My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness. I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant’s analysis of processes of advanced marginality and the development of the penal state. My analysis of the development of mental health policy has applied Simon’s notion of “governing through crime” to the history of community care. I am also interested in the work of the British novelists Gordon Burn and David Peace, particularly the exploration of masculinity, violence and sexual crime. With my fellow briocleurs Drs Foley and King (MMU) I am exploring cultural representations of serial killers, sexual violence policing and police officers. This research includes explorations of the representations of place and serious violent crime as well as the response of police officers to the portrayal of the investigations of such events.

Dr Clare Allely Clare Allely is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Clare holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Manchester and has previously graduated with an MA (hons) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and from the University of Strathclyde with an MRes in Psychological Research Methods. By August this year, Clare will have completed an MSc degree in Forensic Psychology. Current research projects and interests include early predictors of later childhood psychopathology; autism spectrum disorders and research into brain injury or neurodevelopmental disorders in forensic populations. One of the current projects includes investigating the rate and relationship between psychopathy and neurodevelopmental disorders in a forensic Swedish population with Professor David Cooke, using data provided by the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre. Recent projects include a systematic review exploring pain in individuals with autistic spectrum disorder and another investigating the neurodevelopmental profile of serial killers which was published in the journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Dr Cristina Vasilica  Cristina is a Research Fellow in Digital and Social Media in Healthcare, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences. She has a 1st class degree in Business and Information Technology and a PhD on evaluating the impact of social media on patients’ information provision, networking and communication (University of Salford). With special interests in service development, Cristina has developed and evaluated interventions using social and digital media technology. She managed and co-developed projects focused on public and patient engagement to increase information provision and change in behaviour.  For example, engagement of boys and young men in looking after their sexual health (with P Ormandy) in collaboration with Brook Manchester Advisory Service; implementing and evaluating an information network for kidney patients (GMKIN), working collaboratively with local kidney patients associations (HKPA, MRIKPA) and healthcare professionals. Or, sustaining a digital and social marketing campaign developed to raise awareness of cervical cancer amongst women in the North-West. Key outcomes: policy development, reflected in work undertaken in collaboration with INVOLE (National Institute for Health Research, 2014; and awards (VC Research Scholarship award in 2013 and 3 times winner of best poster awards in innovation and service delivery).

Maureen O’Hara  Maureen is a lecturer in law, and a solicitor.  As a solicitor, she practiced mainly in child and family law, immigration law, and housing law.   Maureen was a policy officer at the Children’s Legal Centre, where she co-ordinated a national advice service on child law.  At Salford University, Maureen teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Family Law, and Human Rights Law.  Before moving to work in the law, Maureen was a teacher in both mainstream secondary schools and schools for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).  She has been a multi-agency training co-ordinator in child safeguarding for a local authority.  Maureen’s research interests relate to the law’s responses to sexual and domestic violence.  She is currently conducting research into the responses of criminal justice agencies to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, which explores the reasons for the gaps between policy and practice in this area, and the role which professional narratives of denial of child sexual abuse have played in creating these gaps.

Katy Jones  Katy is a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. Katy has a range of research interests relating to homelessness, employment, and welfare. She is currently working on projects relating to homelessness, welfare conditionality, and child sexual exploitation (CSE). In her previous role as a researcher at The Work Foundation, Katy developed her expertise in labour market disadvantage. She played a lead role in the think tank’s ‘Missing Million’ programme of research on youth unemployment, and was involved in research examining the links between employment, pay and poverty, evaluating a national apprenticeship programme, reviewing evidence on employer recruitment practices, and interviewing homeless service users about their experiences of basic skills support.

 Victoria Morris (Research Support Officer, SHUSU, University of Salford): Victoria has over 12 years of experience of providing professional administrative support to colleagues on external contracts. Working closely with the SHUSU research team, she organises the necessary administrative and financial support to ensure that the contracts are completed on time and within budget.