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Assoc Professor Marie Keenan

Assoc Professor

Marie Keenan

Associate Professor
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8319
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4


Marie Keenan is a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin (2000-present) and a member of the Advisory Board of UCD's Criminology Institute. She was involved with the Australian Royal Commission into the abuse of children in an advisory capacity and an academic board member for reviews of the literature. Previously she worked as a social worker and forensic psychotherapist in child protection (1976-79), mental health (1979-1984), the Irish Probation service based at the Training Unit in Mountjoy Prison (1984-1987) and addiction treatment (1987-1992). She was instrumental in establishing the Granada Institute in Dublin for the treatment of men who had perpetrated sexual crime against minors where she was one of three people to design the treatment programme and was the co-ordinator of the programme for five years (1995-2000). She has served on several statutory boards and professional bodies in Ireland and internationally in relation to policy responses to sexual violence and abuse, and best practice interventions. She is internationally recognized as one of the main leading international scholars in two main streams of Comparative Social Policy research and scholarship: (1) Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church and (2) Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence. Her scholarship is multi-disciplinary and international with a current focus on social , therapeutic and legal responses to sexual crime. She is an accredited psychotherapist, a restorative justice practitioner and a registered social worker. She has taught and led specialist workshops and presented her research and clinical work in Ireland, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, The United States of America, Australia and South Africa.


  • College Lecturer Temporary Part-Time 1 Year
    University College Dublin, Department of Social Policy and Social Work.1 Sep 2001 - 31 Aug 2002
  • Co-ordinator of Treatment Programme and Consultant Psychotherapist
    The Granada Institute, Shankhill, Dublin1 Apr 1995 - 30 Aug 2000
  • College Lecturer - Temporary Full-time 1 Year
    University College Dublin4 Sep 2000 - 31 Aug 2001
  • Lecturer Permanent Full-time
    University College Dublin, Ireland2 Sep 2002 - 1 Mar 2019
  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, Dublin, Ireland1 Mar 2019


  • Independent Forensic and Systemic Psychotherapist
    University College Dublin1 Sep 1992 - 31 Aug 2000
  • Consultant Psychotherapist Addiction Services
    The Rutland Centre, Knocklyon, Dublin1 Sep 1987 - 1 Sep 1992
  • Probation and Welfare Officer
    Department of Justice, Mountjoy Prison1 Sep 1984 - 30 Sep 1987
  • Adolescent Mental Health Social Worker
    Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Cluain Mhuire Adolescent Service1 Sep 1982 - 30 Aug 1984
  • Mental Health Social Worker
    Professorial Psychiatric Unit, The Regional Hospital, Cork, Psychiatric Unit1 Sep 1979 - 30 Aug 1982
  • Social Worker (Child Protection and Mental Health)
    London Borough of Lambeth, Department of Social Services1 Oct 1976 - 30 Aug 1979


  • BSocSc
    University College Dublin
  • CQSW
    University College Dublin
  • DASS
    University College Dublin
  • MSocSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin