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Andrew McGrath is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. He has a longstanding interest in juvenile delinquency dating to his Honours research on the correlates of offending frequency in a group of young people in NSW, and his PhD research, in which he interviewed 200 hundred young people immediately subsequent to their appearance before the NSW Children’s Court for sentencing. A journal article based on this research was later awarded the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for best article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology in 2009. Since then he has published a number of articles in both Australian and International journals on topics ranging from the impact of custodial penalties on re-offending, the sentencing of young Indigenous offenders, serious and violent offending careers, and juvenile risk assessment.

Associate Professor McGrath specialises in quantitative methodology and is familiar with a range of advanced analytic techniques used in criminological and psychological research. He has a history of successful research collaborations with NSW governmental agencies such as the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and the NSW Department of Justice (Juvenile Justice). He is currently collaborating with colleagues on a long-term project examining the relationship between out-of-home care and the criminal justice system and as part of this project has interviewed police officers, Magistrates, and juvenile justice workers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The court process and recidivism: A study of the NSW Children's Court, The University of Sydney

Award Date: 27 Oct 2007

Psychology, BA (Hons 1), An examination of the role of developmental and situational factors in offending frequency among juveniles in detention, The University of Sydney

Award Date: 17 May 2002


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