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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The University of Sydney

Award Date: 27 Oct 2007

Psychology, BA (Hons 1), The University of Sydney

Award Date: 17 May 2002

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Children in care: The criminalisation of children

Colvin, E., Gerard, A. & McGrath, A., Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) Prisons and Community Corrections: Critical Issues and Emerging Controversies. Birch, P. & Sicard, L. (eds.). London: Routledge

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Criminal Sentencing by Preferred Numbers

Dhami, M. K., Belton, I. K., Merrall, E., McGrath, A. & Bird, S. M., 01 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

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    Developmental and sexual offense onset characteristics of Australian Indigenous and Non-Indigenous male youth who sexually offend

    Adams, D., McKillop, N., Smallbone, S. & McGrath, A., 31 Aug 2019, In : Sexual Abuse. p. 1-28 28 p.

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    Children as young as nine are on the NSW Police's watchlist

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    Children as young as nine on a NSW Police watchlist

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