Helen Richardson Foster is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Work, Care and Community at the University of Central Lancashire. She is a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm and conducts research in the areas on domestic violence and abuse, child abuse and neglect and family support.  She has experience of primary research and programme evaluation in social work, health, educational and community settings. 

Helen joined the association whilst she was a PhD student, and was the Scientific Committee Administrator for the 2012 and 2015 Congress events. She has been a Trustee of the association since 2016.