BA (Hons 1), PhD
Dr 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, which investigated the impact of being sentenced in the NSW Children’s Court, in a group of 200 hundred young people. 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. He has considerable expertise in quantitative methods used in both criminological and psychological research.
Dr McGrath is currently supervising four PhD students and a number of Masters and Honours students on projects ranging from trauma informed care practices in out of home care, children’s perceptions of mental illness, attitudes to interpersonal violence. He also teaches developmental and forensic psychology at undergraduate level.
Dr McGrath’s major research interests revolve around young people in the criminal justice system, and in particular how psychological theory can inform studies of sentencing, offending, and reoffending. He has worked extensively with Juvenile Justice in relation to risk assessment, and is currently working with legal and criminological colleagues on research investigating children in out of home care and their contact with the criminal justice system. He has also collaborated with clinical colleagues on studies investigating measurement of quality of life and anxiety and depression.
Dr McGrath's publications can be found here - https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/persons/amcgrathcsueduau/publications/