Professor Callaghan is the Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection. She is a psychologist and interdisciplinary researcher, with an established record of research in areas related to childhood, violence, family life, relationships, discrimination and exclusion, and mental health and identity. Two clear strands are in evidence in her research – research focused on violence, health, children’s mental health, social vulnerability and family life, and a related strand focused on gender, professional identities, and ethnicity.
At the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, she leads numerous projects, including the project Make A Change, evaluating the implementation of a programme to provide earlier intervention for people who use violence in their intimate relationships. She is also principal investigator on the NSPCC funded project "
The experiences of victims in the criminal justice system: a qualitative research project", which explores the experiences of children giving evidence as victims in criminal justice proceedings. With Dr Louise McCabe, she is co-PI on the Life Changes Trust Evaluation, a five year project that uses creative and co-produced methods to explore the impact of the Life Changes Trust in providing services for children and young people who have experienced care, people with dementia, and people who care for those with dementia.
She has been principal investigator on the four nation European Commission funded project “Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies – Children’s Experiences of Domestic Violence”, the largest qualitative study of children who live with domestic violence conducted to date. This project is currently extended through the Big Lottery Funded ‘She’ Programme, which provides whole system support for families seeking an end to domestic violence. Current and recent projects include supporting care leavers’ engagement with Higher Education, support needs for women and infants after domestic abuse, and programmes to reduce young children's risk in relation to abuse. In addition, she has completed projects focused on mental health services for looked after children and young offenders, the transformation of mental health services to increase young people’s participation in the interventions offered to them, creative interventions with young people excluded from education, and young care leavers’ engagement with higher education.She has published in a range of international journals, as well as numerous peer reviewed book chapters, and two books. She is editor of the Journal of Gender studies, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Family Violence.
Expert Advisor, Department of Work and Pensions Department of Work and Pensions, UK /…/UniversalCredit Prof Callaghan was asked to provide expert advice to the DWP and Lord Freud on the needs of families who have experienced domestic abuse, and families who have experienced bereavement. In this role, she was able to secure six months unconditionality under universal credit for adult carers who had lost a spouse or partner, or who were fleeing domestic abuse.
Expert witness: Home Affairs Select Committee, session on the Domestic Abuse Bill (westminster) Home Office https://www.parliament.uk/…-evidence-17-19/ Professor Callaghan provided expert testimony on the experience of children to the Home Affairs Select Committee at Westminster, in 2019.
Expert witness: Scottish Government Evidence Session on the removal of the defence of reasonable chastisement Scottish Government https://www.scottishparliament.tv/…february-28-2019 Professor Callaghan gave expert testimony on the removal of the defense of reasonable chastisement that is currently enables parents to use physical punishment with their children. She argued that continuities between physical punishment and other forms of family violence were clearly evidenced, as were the negative outcomes of physical punishment regardless of the motivation of the parent / carer.
Early years consultant: Women's Aid Federation England
This project, commissioned by Women's Aid Federation England, focused on the development of a toolkit to enable domestic abuse support workers to provide sensitive support for women who are pregnant of have a child under 3. Domestic abuse has a significant impact on relationships between parents and babies, and this can have long term consequences for children's later development.
The project involves interviews with women affected by domestic abuse, who are either pregnant of have young children, and with domestic abuse specialist workers, to inform the development of an approach to supporting women and children that is both woman and infant centred.
The She Project
The SHE provides an integrated support programme for families affected by domestic violence. We have been commissioned to evaluate the intervention as a whole, and to deliver an intervention for children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse, and for families where there is a baby under 3 years old. Prof Callaghan is Principal Investigator.
The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Jane is particularly interested in the experiences of children who are affected by domestic abuse and by other forms of family violence. She is also interested in mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on CAMH services, looked after children, and children and young people who are marginalised and othered in a range of ways. Her work uses creative methodologies, other qualitative approaches, and mixed methods, to explore the experiences of children who might be regarded as 'vulnerable'.
Alexander JH, Callaghan JEM & Fellin LC (2022) Genograms in Research: Participants' Reflections of the Genogram Process. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 19 (1), pp. 91-111. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2018.1545066
Smith L, Callaghan JEM & Fellin LC (2020) A qualitative study exploring the experience and motivations of UK Samaritan volunteers: "Why do we do it?". British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 48 (6), pp. 844-854. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2018.1546378
Rigby P, Malloch M, Beetham T & Callaghan J (2020) Child Trafficking in Scotland. Scottish Government. Social Research. Edinburgh. https://www.gov.scot/publications/child-trafficking-scotland-research/
Callaghan J & Morrison F (2020) Domestic Abuse, Pregnancy and Early-stage Parenting: Developing feminist-informed interventions to support mothers and babies. The 2020 Biennial Domestic Violence Conference, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland, 27.02.2020-27.02.2020.
McAllister L, Callaghan J & Fellin LC (2019) Masculinities and emotional expression in UK Servicemen: 'Big boys don't cry'?. Journal of Gender Studies, 28 (3), pp. 257-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2018.1429898
Callaghan JEM, Fellin LC & Alexander JH (2019) Promoting resilience and agency in children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse: The "MPOWER" intervention. Journal of Family Violence, 34 (6), p. 521–537. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-018-0025-x
Fellin LC, Callaghan JEM, Alexander JH, Mavrou S & Harrison-Breed C (2019) Child's Play? Children and young people's resistances to domestic violence and abuse. Children and Society, 33 (2), pp. 126-141. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12302
Fellin LC, Callaghan JEM, Alexander JH, Harrison-Breed C, Mavrou S & Papathanassiou M (2019) Empowering young people who experienced domestic violence and abuse: the development of a group therapy intervention. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 24 (1), pp. 170-189. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104518794783
Callaghan J, Alexander J, Sixsmith J & Fellin LC (2018) Beyond "Witnessing": Children’s Experiences of Coercive Control in Domestic Violence and Abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33 (10), pp. 1551-1581. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515618946
Callaghan J (2018) Trauma informed practice and ACES: Critical perspectives on children’s mental health and domestic abuse. Children’s wellbeing, safety and relationships: A one day conference, University of Stirling, Iris Murdoch Building, 24.05.2018-24.05.2018. https://stirling.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f9ffe14c-2c38-40e0-9f02-ab510108535f
Callaghan J (2018) Children's experiences of domestic abuse. Change for Children Conference, Women's Aid Northern Ireland, 07.02.2018-08.02.2018. https://www.womensaidni.org/see-hear-act-children-domestic-violence-conference-2018/
Callaghan JEM, Fellin LC, Mavrou S, Alexander J & Sixsmith J (2017) The Management of Disclosure in Children's Accounts of Domestic Violence: Practices of Telling and Not Telling. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26 (12), pp. 3370-3387. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0832-3
Callaghan JE, Fellin LC & Alexander JH (2017) Children’s experiences of domestic violence: A teaching and training challenge. In: Newnes C & Golding L (eds.) Teaching Critical Psychology International Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 219-237. https://www.routledge.com/Teaching-Critical-Psychology-International-Perspectives/Newnes-Golding/p/book/9781138288348
Callaghan JEM, Fellin LC, Alexander JH, Mavrou S & Papathanassiou M (2017) Children and domestic violence: Emotional competencies in embodied and relational contexts. Psychology of Violence, 7 (3), pp. 333-342. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000108
Dann C & Callaghan JEM (2017) Embodiment and Excess: Constructions of tattooed mothers in the UK. Psychology of Women Section Review, 19 (1). https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/psychology-of-women-section-review/psychology-of-women-section-review-vol-19-1-spring-2017.html
Callaghan J, Fellin LC & Warner-Gale F (2017) A critical analysis of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services policy in England. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22 (1), pp. 109-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104516640318
Callaghan J, Alexander J & Fellin LC (2016) Children's embodied experience of living with domestic violence: "I'd go into my panic, and shake, really bad". Subjectivity, 9 (4), pp. 399-419. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-016-0011-9
Callaghan JEM, Fellin LC & Alexander JH (2016) Mental Health of Looked-After Children: Embodiment and Use of Space. In: Evans B, Horton J & Skelton T (eds.) Geographies of Children and Young People: Play, Recreation, Health and Well Being. Geographies of Children and Young People, 9. Singapore: Springer, pp. 561-580. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-4585-51-4_22
Alexander JH, Callaghan JE, Sixsmith J & Fellin LC (2016) Children’s Corporeal Agency and Use of Space in Situations of Domestic Violence. In: Evans B, Horton J & Skelton T (eds.) Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing. Geographies of Children and Young People, 9. Singapore: Springer, pp. 523-543. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-4585-51-4_23#citeas; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-4585-51-4_23
Youell J, Callaghan J & Buchanan K (2016) 'I don't know if you want to know this': Carers' understandings of intimacy in long-term relationships when one partner has dementia. Ageing and Society, 36 (5), pp. 946-967. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X15000045
Callaghan J, Andenaes A & Macleod C (2015) Deconstructing Developmental Psychology 20 years on: Reflections, implications and empirical work. Feminism and Psychology, 25 (3), pp. 255-265. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353515583702
Callaghan J & Lazard L (2012) Please don’t put the whole dang thing out there! A discursive analysis of internet discussions on breastfeeding. Psychology and Health, 27 (8), pp. 938-955. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2011.634294
Maunder R, Gordon-Finlayson A, Callaghan J & Roberts A (2012) Behind Supervisory Doors: taught Master's dissertation students as qualitative apprentices. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 11 (1), pp. 30-38. https://doi.org/10.2304/plat.2012.11.1.30
Capdevila R & Callaghan J (2007) 'It's not racist. It's common sense'. A critical analysis of political discourse around asylum and immigration in the UK. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18 (1), pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.904