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Research Interests

My background is in psychology and counselling, and my research largely focuses on children and young people's rights and participation. I am an active member of the Maternal and Child Health research theme at the School of Nursing and Midwifery were my work focuses on relationships, sexual health, gender and parenting in adolescents' lives, and The Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s which has pioneered an innovative methodology for conducting rights-based participatory research with children and young people. I have extensive practical experience of applying this methodology with children and young people in my research in diverse social and geographical contexts, and a particular interest in facilitating the co-production of contextually relevant health and education interventions.

A further practical application of this methodology is the production of youth-friendly versions of legal texts, research documents and reports etc., to make information accessible to children and young people, and the development of innovative public dissemination and engagement strategies. This work has included child-friendly versions of the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Convention on child sexual exploitation - ‘Tell Someone You Trust’; the EU Recommendation on Investing in Children, for Eurochild; a sexual health education animation co-produced with young incarcerated men within the Northern Ireland Prison Service; and the UN Special Rapporteur report (2017) on children’s rights and the environment, for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Current projects include: the development of a ‘Relationships and Future Fatherhood’ programme with young incarcerated men, funded by the Medical Research Council; a study of disabled children’s experience of their digital rights for the Council of Europe; and, a consultation with children in the five UN regions in a project to develop a set of indicators for monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, led by GlobalChild. 

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Research Output

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    Challenges of conducting research with young offenders with traumatic brain injury

    O'Rourke, C., Templeton, M., Cohen, M. & Linden, M., 31 May 2018, In : Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
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    2019 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic

    Laura Lundy (Recipient) & Michelle Templeton (Recipient), 10 Dec 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Chairman’s Award Oct 2018 - The NI South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

    Michelle Templeton (Recipient), Carmel Kelly (Recipient) & Maria Lohan (Recipient), 31 Oct 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • CIPR Pride Awards 2018

    Michelle Templeton (Recipient), Carmel Kelly (Recipient) & Maria Lohan (Recipient), 31 Oct 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Research Grant Enabler Fund

    Michelle Templeton (Recipient), 22 Feb 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Research Grant Enabler Fund

    Michelle Templeton (Recipient), 30 Nov 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Children's Rights and Social Work: Think Tank enhancing participatory research.

    Michelle Templeton (Consultant), Dirk Schubotz (Consultant)
    12 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


    Michelle Templeton (Invited speaker)
    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Forensic Mental Health Past, Present and Future

    Mark Linden (Organiser), Karen Galway (Session chair), Richard Bunn (Member of the organising committee), Gavin Davidson (Invited speaker), Cherie Armour (Invited speaker), Michelle Templeton (Invited speaker), Helen Walker (Invited speaker)
    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Writing Child-Friendly Versions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Laura Lundy (Consultant), Michelle Templeton (Advisor)
    30 Jun 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    Men's Health in Northern Ireland: Past, Present and Future

    Michelle Templeton (Invited speaker)
    07 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Competent or Not? Young people's accounts of sexual readiness

    Author: Templeton, M., 20 Nov 2016

    Supervisor: Lohan, M. (Supervisor), Lundy, L. (Supervisor) & Kelly, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy