Dr Joe Mooney LLB, MA (Social Work), PhD is Assistant Professor of Social Work at University College Dublin and has a specific focus on child welfare and protection social work. Joseph is a professionally qualified and CORU registered Social Worker having attained Master Degree in Social Work from the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

Joseph is highly active in the area of Child Protection and Welfare research. He has spent the past nine years researching the area of Irish policies concerning Retrospective Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse and presents his work to National, International and Community and Practice-Based audiences.

Joseph was awarded his PhD at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre under the supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor (Skehill) and externally examined by Professor Ramona Alaggia of the University of Toronto. Joseph's research interests include disclosure of childhood trauma; child sexual abuse; child welfare and protection systems, practice, policy and law.