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Assoc Professor

Deirdre Healy

Associate Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4125
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Deirdre Healy, BA, PhD is Director of the UCD Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Associate Professor at the Sutherland School of Law. She completed her PhD at the UCD Institute of Criminology in 2006 and was subsequently employed as a researcher on a number of funded projects, including a national study of attrition in rape cases (NUI Galway) and a longitudinal study of pathways to desistance among young adult offenders (Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield). She returned to UCD in 2008 to take up a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. During this time, she completed the "Crime, Desistance and Reintegration" study, which explored the psychosocial processes underpinning desistance from crime among adult male probationers. Deirdre's teaching and research interests include desistance from crime, community sanctions, criminological theory and victimisation. Her work has been published in prestigious international and Irish journals, including Theoretical Criminology and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Her books include: the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology (with Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly and Michelle Butler; Routledge, 2015); The Dynamics of Desistance: Charting Pathways Through Change (Willan, 2010) and Rape and Justice in Ireland (with Conor Hanly and Stacey Scriver; Liffey Press, 2009). Deirdre is currently involved in a research project, "Histories of Probation in Ireland" with Louise Kennefick (Maynooth University).


  • BA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin