Paula Mayock

Paula MayockDr Paula Mayock

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests

Dr. Paula Mayock is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and Social Policy and  Senior Researcher at the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Paula’s research focuses primarily on the lives and experiences of marginalised youth, covering areas including homelessness, drug use and drug problems, risk behaviour, and mental health. Since 2004, she has worked to build a programme of research on homelessness and has been the Principal Investigator of three studies of homeless youth, one of them a 6-year qualitative longitudinal study of homeless young people in Dublin. More recently, Paula has undertaken a biographical study of homeless women in Ireland and is currently Principal Investigator of an all-Ireland study of homeless young people and their families. Paula is the recipient of numerous research awards from statutory and voluntary agencies (e.g. Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Health Service Executive, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, National Office for Suicide Prevention, and Focus Ireland). She is a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) INVEST Post-doctoral Fellow (2006-07) and an IRC (Irish Research Council) Research Fellow (2009-10). She was also the recipient of an IRC ‘New Ideas’ Award (2011), which has supported a range of research initiatives aimed on fostering European collaborative research on women’s homelessness. Paula is the author of numerous articles, chapters and research reports and is Assistant Editor to the international journal Addiction.

Recent research projects

Homeless Young People and their Families. This biographical study aims to examine young people’s paths to homelessness or housing instability and trace their ‘journeys’ through homelessness. Funding Agency: Focus Ireland. Time Line: April 2013-June 2014.

Mapping Services for Homeless Women in Dublin. This mapping exercise was designed to support the commitment on the part of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive to conduct a review of service provision for homeless women. Funding Agency: Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. Time Line: December 2012-March 2013.

Women and Homelessness: A Biographical Pathways Analysis. The core aim of this research was to conduct an in-depth investigation of the lives and experiences of homeless women in Ireland with specific attention to their homeless ‘pathways’, that is, their entry routes to homelessness, the homeless experience itself and, possibly, their exit routes from homelessness. Funding Agency: Irish Research Council Fellowship Scheme, 2009-10. Time Line: November 2009-October 2010.

The Process of Youth Homelessness: A Six-year Qualitative Longitudinal Study. This study set out to conduct an in-depth examination of the lives and experiences of homeless young people in the Dublin region. Funding Agency: Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. Time Line: October 2004-May 2011.

Selected publications

Mayock, P., Sheridan, S. & Parker, S. (2015) “It’s just like we’re going around in circles and going back to the same thing …”: The dynamics of women’s unresolved homelessness.Housing StudiesDOI: 10.1080/02673037.2014.991378

Mayock, P., Cronly, J. & Clatts, M.C. (2015) The risk environment of heroin use initiation: Young women, intimate partners and “drug relationships”. Substance Use and Misuse, 50, 771-782.

Mayock, P., Sheridan, S. & Parker, S. (2015) The Dynamics of Long-term Homelessness among Women in Ireland. Dublin: Dublin Regional Homeless. Mayock et al (2015) The dynamics of long-term homelessness among women in Ireland

Mayock, P., Parker, S. & Murphy, A. (2014) Young People, Homelesness and Housing Exclusion. Dublin: Focus Ireland. Young People, Homelessness and Housing Exclusion

Mayock, P., Parker, S. & Murphy, A. (2014) Executive Summary: Young People, Homelessness and Housing Exclusion. Dublin: Focus Ireland. https://www.focusireland.ie/files/young%20people%20homelessness%20and%20housing%20exclusion%20-%20executive%20summary%20report.pdf

Mayock, P., Parker, S. & Sheridan, S. (2013) Mapping Services for Homeless Women in Dublin. Dublin: Dublin Regional Homelessness Mayock et al (2013) Mapping Homeless Services for Women in Dublin

Mayock, P., Corr, M.L. & O’Sullivan, E. (2013) Moving on, not out: When young people remain homeless, Journal of Youth Studies, 16 (4), 441 – 459.

Neale, J., Hunt, G., Lankenau, S., Mayock, P. et al. (2013) Editorial: Addiction journal is committed to publishing qualitative research, Addiction, 108 (3), 447 – 449.

Mayock, P. & Sheridan, S. (2013) ‘At Home’ in Prison? Women and the Homelessness-Incarceration Nexus. Irish Probation Journal, 10, 118-140.

Mayock, P. & Corr, M.L. (2013) Young People’s Homeless and Housing Pathways: Key Findings from a Six-year Qualitative Longitudinal Study. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Mayock, P., Corr, M.L. and O’Sullivan, E. (2012) Young People Exiting Homelessness: The Role of Family Support. In D. Lynch and K. Burns (Eds) Children’s Rights and Child Protection: Critical Times, Critical Issues in Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp184 – 201.

Mayock, P and Corr, M.L. (2012) The meaning of drug use among homeless young people: A longitudinal pathways analysis. In M. Wouters, J. Fountain & D.J. Korf (Eds) The Meaning of High: Variations According to Drug, Set, Setting and Time, Berlin, Pabst Science Publishers. pp132 – 148.

Doyle, A., Mayock, P. & Burns, K. (2012) Aftercare not afterthought: Supporting the transition to adulthood for children in care. In D. Lynch & K. Burns (Eds) Keeping Children Safe: Critical Times, Critical Issues, Manchester, Manchester University Press. pp202 – 221.

Bryan, A. & Mayock, P. (2012) Speaking back to dominant constructions of LGBT Lives: Complexifying ‘at riskness’ for self-harm and suicidiality among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 15 (2), 8 – 15.

Mayock, P., Sheridan, S. & Parker, S. (2012) Migrant women and homelessness: The role of gender-based violence. European Journal of Homelessness, 6 (1), 59 – 82. Mayock et al (2012) Migrant women and homelessness.The role of gender-based violence

Mayock, P., Corr, M.L. and E.O’Sullivan (2011) Homeless young people, families and change: family support as a facilitator to exiting homelessness. Child and Family Social Work, 16 (4), 391 – 401.

Mayock, P., E.O’Sullivan and M.L. Corr (2011) Young People Exiting Homelessness: An Exploration of Process, Meaning and Definition. Housing Studies, 26 (6), 803 – 826.

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