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Research Biography

Alhassan Abdullah joined the faculty of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University, after completing his Ph.D. in Social Work. He has practice experience in child protection. His research primarily embraces issues affecting the wellbeing of children and families. Specifically, his work focuses on child neglect and abuse, family violence and child protection mechanisms (both statutory and community-based).

Alhassan has carried out survey research in Ghana, and conducted research using data from Nepal, Hong Kong, Korea and China. Alhassan’s approach to research and scholarship brings theoretical rigor to the study of child maltreatment and family violence prevention, and adopts a cultural lens to investigate indigenous community-based protective measures against child maltreatment. His areas of research include: (1) development of proactive and preventive child protection measures, (2) an investigation into the mechanisms that underlie the efficacy of early intervention response by community members in child maltreatment and family violence cases, (3) generate new research evidence to better inform child protection practices and protect women from domestic violence. His value commitments theory (part of his PhD thesis) highlights how cultural norms and values on parenting regulate the efficacy of protective actions by community members in observed child maltreatment cases. His co-authored general theory of polyvictimization (3-dimensional polyvictimization theory) generate insight into the unique subjective experiences when forms of maltreatment co-occur.

Alhassan has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles (over 20 as first author), and book chapters. His publications have appeared in leading social work journals such as Child Abuse & NeglectChildren and Youth Services Review, Child and Family Social Work, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and The Journal of Community Psychology. He has presented papers at international conferences.

Alhassan is a member of the Editorial Board of Practice: Social Work in Action, and a special guest reviewer of Journal of Social Services Research. He is a recipient of the ResilienceCon promising research scholar award and has received over $120,000 (USD) in international competitive research grants (both as PI and CO-I). He is also the co-I for a UNICEF study of violence against school children in Tunisia.  

Research Interests

  • Child protection
  • Family violence
  • Community-based child maltreatment prevention
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Kinship care

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Hong Kong

1 Sep 20198 Sep 2022

Award Date: 1 Oct 2022

Bachelor (Honours), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

1 Sep 201330 Jun 2017

Award Date: 7 Jul 2017


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