Kevin Lalor, PhD, is Head of Social Sciences at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. He holds degrees in Applied Psychology (University College Cork) and Development Studies (University College Dublin). He has been involved in research on child abuse since doctoral studies on the victimization of street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the early 1990s. He has been a member of ISPCAN since 2001 and was elected to ISPCAN Council in 2014.
He has published a number of reviews on aspects of child abuse in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years he has collaborated with Rosaleen McElvaney, PhD, on a number of reviews, including links between childhood sexual abuse and later sexual revictimization and the epidemiology of child abuse in Europe; the latter as part of the Council of Europe ‘1 in 5 campaign’.
He is the past editor of the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies and a member of the editorial boards of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal and Children, Youth and Environments. In 2012, he was Principal Investigator for a research team that conducted the data analysis for President Michael D. Higgins’ youth consultation initiative ‘Being Young and Irish’. In 2012, he also conducted (with Susanna Brown) a research project commissioned by Save the Children on child transactional sex in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2013, he was guest editor of a special issue of Children, Youth and Environments on ‘Children, violence, community and the physical environment’. He was Chair of the organising committee for the 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2013, Dublin, Ireland. In 2014, he joined the committee of the newly formed Irish branch of BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect). In 2017, he was co-Chair of the 15th ISPCAN European conference in the Hague, Netherlands.