Andressa is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling’s Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, where she works part-time. Since joining the team in 2016 Andressa has carried out several studies focusing on diverse aspects of children's wellbeing and protection such as:
- A rapid review of the literature exploring the meaning of citizenship in early learning and childcare settings (ELCS) that also seekd out evidence about the ways in which ELCS may support young children to develop the skills, dispositions, practices and understandings associated with citizenship.
- A consultation with social workers, head teachers and health visitor exploring individuals’ understandings of, and organisational practices about how to deal with, child protection thresholds.
- The evaluation of Finding a Balance, a service provided by Aberlour to parents of young children, to support them with their mental health.
Before joining the University of Stirling Andressa held research posts at the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre; the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) at the University of Strathclyde; the office of the Children's Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland and the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow.
Andressa has completed her MA (Hons) in Sociology, MSc in Social Research and PhD in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research explored the views and experiences of young people, their parents and social workers of Home Supervision Orders in Scotland.