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Assoc Professor

Hilda Loughran

Associate Professor
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8421
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Associate ProfessorDr Hilda Loughran's areas of interest include;alcohol and drugs policy and practices, social work education, counselling and brief interventions and crisis interventions. She has been engaged in policy and practice research projects for many years. She has been instrumental in developing qualitative research approaches that focus on the inclusion of clients, service users perspectives. Her most recent research projects include work in the areas of alcohol use, crisis pregnancy, community drugs issues and brief interventions. She edited Substance Use in Social Work Education and Training (2016). Her book on Crisis Therapies serves as an important publication for social work education. She is also working on research related to engaging service users in social work education. Her teaching commitments are primarily in the Masters in Social Work programme where she is responsible for courses on social counselling skills, group work, social work and addiction and brief interventions. She also supervises a number of PhD students.


  • Director of Training and Supervision
    Eastern Health Board, Stanhope Addiction Centre1 Mar 1987 - 1 Sep 1990
  • Housing Welfare Officer
    Dublin County Council1 Mar 1978 - 1 Feb 1985


  • BSocSc
    University College Dublin
  • Dip APPSS
    University College Dublin
  • MSocSc
    University College Dublin