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Dr. Deborah Fry

Senior Lecturer

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Biography

Dr. Deborah Fry is a Lecturer in Child Protection at the University of Edinburgh in the Education, Community and Society Institute.  At the University, Deborah undertakes primary research to measure the magnitude of violence against children and peer victimisation, barriers and enablers to appropriate response systems including in school settings and the effectiveness of existing interventions.

 

In 2012, Deborah secured a prestigious  Marie Curie Fellowship to longitudinally  examine the knowledge, attitudes and  perceived self-efficacy of new teachers  in responding to issues of bullying and  safeguarding in the classroom.  In addition, Deborah is the Principal Investigator two multi-country studies exploring the drivers of violence affecting children and is the Principal Investigator for the secondary analysis of the UN Multi-country study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. 

 

Deborah also undertakes postgraduate teaching and administration and is the Programme Director of an MSc in International Child Protection Research and is Co-Programme Director of the MSc in Education.

 

Prior to joining the University, Deborah was Research Director at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. During her time at the Alliance, she was the Principal Investigator (PI) on nine primary research studies on sexual violence and abuse in New York City ranging from participatory action research with immigrant communities to research with young people.

 

Deborah has comprehensive experience in researching issues of violence within school settings, developing quantitative research including electronic and ACASI surveys, leading qualitative research, conducting systematic reviews and conducting research with practitioners.

 

Deborah has a PhD by Research Publications from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Arts degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and her PhD from the University of Edinburgh (by Publication).  Deborah was also a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2001 to 2002 and a Marie Curie Fellow from 2012 to 2015.

 

Currently funded research includes:

 -Principal Investigator for the ‘Multi-country Study of the Drivers of Violence Against Children in Italy, Peru, Vietnam and Zimbabwe’ funded by the Unicef Office of Research, Innocenti

 -Co-Principal Investigator of the ‘Safe Schools for Teens: Preventing Sexual Abuse for Urban Poor Teens in Manlia’ in collaboration with the Child Protection Network of the Philippines, the University of Manila and the Philippines Department of Education funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation

-Principal Investigator of the 'Bi-National Study: Social Norms and Violence in Zimbabwe and Swaziland' and the Zimbabwe Childline Study for Improved Monitoring funded by UNICEF.

-Principal Investigator to explore factors related to parenting for the "Secondary Analysis of the Quantitative Data Set of the UN Multi-Country Study of Men and Violence in the Asia and Pacific" - a quantitative household survey with more than 10,000 men across 9 sites in 6 countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka- and more than 3,000 women across 4 sites in 4 countries- Cambodia, China, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. 

Research activities & awards

  1. Cross-medial prototype program for the prevention of sexual child abuse

    Activity: Business and communityConsultancy/advice (paid/non paid)

  2. The economic burden of violence against children in South Africa

    Activity: Business and communityConsultancy/advice (paid/non paid)

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