Dr Bernadine Brady is a Lecturer at the School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI, Galway and a Senior Researcher with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.
Bernadine is a mixed methods researcher with a focus on social ecology and young people’s wellbeing, exploring how community, school, family and service provision influence outcomes for young people. She has published a broad range of peer reviewed research papers in international journals, including Children & Youth Services Review, Children & Society, Journal of Mixed Methods Research and Child & Family Social Work as well as a range of reports and book chapters. Bernadine has particular expertise in relation to youth mentoring, participation and evidence based practice in youth work. She is co-founder of the Global Youth Mentoring Network and co-author of A Guide to Youth Mentoring: Providing effective social support (Jessica Kingsley, 2012) and of Mentoring Young People in Care and Leaving Care: Theory, Research and Practice (Routledge, 2020). Bernadine was Principal Investigator on an Irish Research Council funded study ‘Empathy, caring and connection among early adolescents’ which concluded in 2019.
Bernadine lectures on the BA in Political Science & Sociology, the MA in Family Support Studies, the Masters in Social Work and other programmes. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from UCD, an MA in Community Development from NUI, Galway and a PhD from NUI Galway. She also holds a PG Cert in Academic Practice from NUI Galway. Prior to joining NUI, Galway, Bernadine’s work experience included research, evaluation, community development work and strategic planning in a range of local development settings.