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dr. M. Lopez Lopez

Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
dr. M. Lopez Lopez
E-mail:
m.lopez.lopez rug.nl

Mónica López López obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She is an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

For the last 12 years, Mónica has been actively seeking a way of improving child protection systems through research on decision-making, with a special interest in assessments and decisions of out-of-home placement and reunification, decisions of matching children with foster families, and participation of children and families in decision-making.

In her research, Mónica focuses on the voice of the service users, children and families, as a powerful instrument to improve welfare services. Since 2015, she has worked on Hestia, a European funded project comparing policies and practices of child protection in England, Germany and the Netherlands (NORFACE, H2020). She is currently directing the project Audre on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ young people in out-of-home care, and supervising project Hebe on the experiences of children who have been involved in child protection investigations. 

Mónica has been involved in transferring scientific knowledge, teaching at the international master Youth Society and Policy, training professionals, and working in international research networks. She is a board member of EUSARF and she was the founder of the EUSARF Academy, a network for PhD students and early careers conducting research in the field of child and family welfare.

She is the Coordinator of Internationalization for the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen, and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Summer & Winter Schools Programme of the University of Groningen.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Articles

Bartelink, C., Knorth, E. J., López, M., Koopmans, C., Ten Berge, I. J., Witteman, C. L. M., & Van Yperen, T. A. (2018). Reasons for placement decisions in a case of suspected child abuse: the role of reasoning, work experience and attitudes in decision-making. Child Abuse and Neglect83.

Zeijlmans, K., López, M., Grietens, H., & Knorth, E. (2018). "Nothing goes as planned": Practitioners reflect on matching children and foster families. Child and Family Social Work, 23(3), 458-465. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12437

Ten Brummelaar, M. D. C., López, M., & Knorth, E. J. (2018). Participatie van jeugdigen in besluiten binnen de jeugdhulp; samen werken aan verbetering van leefsituatie en ontwikkeling. Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk, 57(3-6), 126-135.

Bouma, h., López, M., Grietens, H., & Knorth, E. (2018). Meaningful participation for children in the Dutch child protection system: A critical analysis of relevant provisions in policy documents. Child Abuse and Neglect, 79, 279-292. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.02.016

Zeijlmans, K., López, M., Grietens, H., & Knorth, E. (2017). Matching children with foster cares, a literature review. Children and Youth Services Review. 73, 257-265. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.12.017. 

López, M., & Del Valle, J. F. (2016). The foster care experience: An exploration of foster carers motivation, satisfaction and needs. Psicothema, 28(2), 122-129. DOI: 10.7334/psicothema2015.168.

López, M., Fluke, J., Benbenishty, R., & Knorth, E. (2015). Commentary on decision-making and judgments in child maltreatment prevention and response: An overview. Child Abuse and Neglect, 49, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.08.013.

López, M., & Zeijlmans, K. (2015). Wat werkt bij het werven van pleeggezinnen? De ontwikkeling van een succesvolle wervingscampagne voor pleegzorg. Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk, 54(4), 161-171. [Title translated from Dutch:  What works in the recruitment of foster families? De development of a successful strategy for recruiting foster carers]

Benbenishty, R., Davidson-Arad, B., López, M., Devaney, J., Spratt, T., et al. (2015). Decision-making in child protection: an international comparative study on maltreatment substantiation, risk assessment and intervention recommendations and the role of professionals’ child welfare attitudes. Child Abuse and Neglect, 49, 63-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.03.015.

López, M., & Del Valle, J. F. (2015). The waiting children: pathways (and future) of children in long-term residential care. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 457-473. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct130.

Delgado, P., López, M., Carvalho, J., & Del Valle, J. F. (2015). Acolhimento Familiar em Portugal e Espanha: Uma Investigação Comparada sobre a Satisfação dos Acolhedores. Psicologia Reflexão & Crítica, 28(4), 639-648. DOI: 10.1590/1678-7153.201528423. [Title translated from Portuguese: Family foster care in Southern European countries. A comparative study on foster carer satisfaction in Portugal and Spain].

López, M., Delgado, P., Carvalho, J., & Del Valle, J. F. (2014). Acogimiento familiar en España y Portugal, una investigación comparativa. Universitas Psychologica, 13(3), 15-30. DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.UPSY13-3.cdaf [Title translated from Spanish:  Family foster care in Spain and Portugal, a comparative research].

Harder, A. T., Zeller, M., López, M., Köngeter, S., &  Knorth, E. J.  (2013). Different sizes, similar challenges: Out-of-home care for youth in Germany and the Netherlands. Psychosocial Intervention, 22(3), 203-213. DOI: 10.5093/in2013a24 [Article published both, in English and Spanish by the journal]

Sainero, A., Del Valle J.F., López, M., & Bravo, A. (2013). Exploring the specific needs of an understudied group: children with intellectual disability in residential child care. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1393-1399. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.04.026.

López, M., Santos, I., Bravo, A., & Del Valle, J. F. (2013). El proceso de transición a la vida adulta de jóvenes acogidos en el sistema de protección. Annals of Psychology, 29(1), 187-196. DOI: 10.6018/analesps.29.1.130542. [Title translated: The process of transition to adulthood of young people in public care]. 

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2013). Factors associated with family reunification for children in foster care. Child and Family Social Work, 18. 226-236. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00847.x.

Del Valle, J. F., Lázaro, S., López, M., & Bravo, A. (2011). Leaving Care in Family. Transitions to Adulthood from Kinship Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2475-2481. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.08.015. 

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2011). Factors affecting foster care breakdown in Spain. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 14(1), 108-118. DOI: 10.5209/rev_SJOP.2011.v14.n1.9. 

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., & Bravo, A. (2010). Strategies for recruiting foster families. Papeles del Psicólogo, 31(3), 289-295. [Article published both, in English and Spanish by the journal]. 

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2010). El acogimiento en familia ajena en España. Una evaluación de la práctica y sus resultados. Infancia y Aprendizaje, 33(2), 269-280. DOI: 10.1174/021037010791114616. [Title translated: Non-relative family foster care in Spain: Practice and outcomes assessment].

Del Valle, J. F., Bravo, A., & López, M. (2010). Parents and peers as providers of support in adolescents' social network. A developmental perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(1), 16-27. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20348.

Del Valle, J. F., Bravo, A., & López, M., (2009). Foster care in Spain. Its establishment and current challenges. Papeles del Psicólogo, 30(1), 33-41. [Article published both, in English and Spanish by the journal].

Del Valle, J. F., López, M., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2009). Twenty years of foster care in Spain. Profiles, patterns and outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(8), 847-853. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.03.007.

Del Valle, J. F., López, M., & Bravo, A. (2007). Job stress and burnout among residential child care workers. Psicothema, 19(4), 610-615.

Books and chapters

Del Valle, J. F., Bravo, A., & López, M. (Eds.) (2016). Shaping the future: Connecting knowledge and evidence to child welfare practice. Book of abstracts of the XIV EUSARF International Conference. Oviedo, Spain: Asociación NIERU Publishers. ISBN: 978-84-617-4162-5

Zeijlmans, K., & López, M. (2015). De matchingsbeslissing in de pleegzorg: Tussen kunst en wetenschap. In J. Knot-Dickscheit, A. M. N. Huyghen, H. J. M. Janssen, W. J. Post, I. Haakma, & H. Grietens (Eds.), Orthopedagogiek maakt verschil!: Profiel en toekomst van een discipline in beweging. Leuven; Den Haag: Uitgeverij Acco. ISBN: 978-94-629-2281-5 [Title translated from Dutch: Matching decision- making in family foster care: between art and science]

López, M., Koopmans, A. C., Knorth, E. J., Witteman, C., Benbenishty, R., Davidson-Arad, B., del Valle, J. F., Spratt, T., Hayes, D., & Devaney, J. (2013). Cross-national comparison of caseworkers’ attitudes towards child welfare issues and their impact in risk assessments and decisions to place a child out-of-home. In C. Canali & T. Vecchiato (Eds.), Foster care in Europe: what do we know about outcomes and evidence? Padova: Fondazione Emanuela Zancan. ISBN: 88-88843-71-1

López, M., Koopmans, A. C., Knorth, E. J., Witteman, C., Benbenishty, R., Davidson-Arad, B., del Valle, J. F., Spratt, T., Hayes, D., & Devaney, J. (2013). L’atteggiamento degli operatori nei confronti delle questioni legate all’infanzia e all’adolescenza e il loro impatto sulla valutazione del rischio e sulle decisioni di allontanamento: un confronto tra paesi. In C. Canali & T. Vecchiato (Eds.), Le forme dell’affido in Europa: cosa sappiamo degli esiti e delle condizioni di efficacia? Padova: Fondazione Emanuela Zancan. ISBN: 88-88843-70-4. [Title translated from Italian: Cross-national comparison of caseworkers’ attitudes towards child welfare issues and their impact in risk assessments and decisions to place a child out-of-home]

López, M. (2012). El acogimiento familiar en España, una asignatura pendiente. In A. Bravo, J. F. Del Valle, A. Martínez & T. Aller (Eds.), Construyendo puentes entre investigación y práctica. Oviedo: FAPMI. ISBN: 978-84-695-5323-7. [Title translated from Spanish: Foster care in Spain, an unresolved matter. In Building bridges between research and practice]

López, M., & Del Valle, J. F. (2012). El acogimiento familiar. In M.D. Fernández Tilve, & J.M. Suárez Sandomingo (Eds.), Menores en crisis: Propuestas de intervención y medidas reeducativas. Galicia: University of Santiago de Compostela. ISBN: 978-84-9887-865-3. [Title translated from Spanish: Family foster care. In Children in Crisis: Suggestions for intervention and re-educational measures]

López, M., Santos, I., Bravo, A., & Del Valle, J. F. (2012). Giovani adulti in uscita dai percorsi di tutela: questioni emergenti e soluzioni possibili. In P. Bastianoni, & F. Zullo (eds.), Neomaggiorenni e autonomía personale. Resilienza ed emancipazione. Roma: Carocci Editore. ISBN 978-88-430-6381-9. [Title translated from Italian: Young people leaving care: emerging issues and possible solutions. In Young adults and personal autonomy. Resilience and empowerment]

López, M. (2011). Outcomes assessment of foster care in Spain. PhD Thesis. Oviedo: Universidad de Oviedo

Montserrat, C., López, M., Del Valle, J. F., & Bravo, A. (2010). Children in long term residential care: Who are they and why are they still there? In E.J. Knorth, M.E. Kalverboer and J. Knot-Dickscheit (Eds.), Inside out: How interventions in child and family care work. An international sourcebook. Antwerp: Garant Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-441-2697-6

Del Valle, J. F., & López, M. (2010). Profile and scope of foster care in Spain. In R. Barth and E. Fernandez (Eds.), Does Foster Care work? International Evidence on Outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley. ISBN: 978-1-84905-812-4

Del Valle, J. F., Bravo, A., & López, M. (2010). Intervención psicosocial en protección a la infancia. FOCAD 10ª Edición (Formación Continuada A Distancia). Madrid: Spanish Psychologist Association. ISSN 1989-3906.  [Title translated from Spanish: Psychosocial intervention in children and adolescents in care]

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2010). Niños que esperan. Estudio sobre casos de larga estancia en acogimiento residencial. Madrid: Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Policy. NIPO: 840-10-052-6 Legal Deposit: M-35551-2010. [Title translated from Spanish: Waiting children. Case analysis of children in long-term residential care]

López, M., Del Valle, J. F., & Bravo, A. (2010). Estudio de pensamiento de la juventud rural y urbana sobre la realidad del mundo rural. Oviedo: Spanish Network of Rural Development. Legal Deposit: AS-5451-2010. [Title translated: Rural and urban youth and their thoughts about the situation of the rural world]

Mari, D., Álvarez, J., & López, M. (2010). Editors. Psicología[s] 2.0. Creciendo como psicólog@s: investigación e intervención. Oviedo: Publications University of Oviedo. ISBN: 978-84-8317-802-7. [Title translated from Spanish: Psychology 2.0. Growing up as psychologists: research and intervention]

Del Valle, J. F., López, M., Montserrat, C., & Bravo, A. (2008). El acogimiento familiar en España. Una evaluación de resultados. Madrid: Ministry of Work and Social Affairs. ISBN: 978-84-8417-296-3. [Title translated from Spanish: Family foster care in Spain]

Del Valle, J. F., López M., & Bravo, A. (2008). Foster care practice in Spain: an outcomes assessment approach. In C. Canali, T. Vecchiato and J.K. Whittaker (Eds.), Assessing the “Evidence-base” of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Their Families. Padova: Fondazione E. Zancan. ISBN: 88-88843-24-8.

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