Kate Coffey, a graduate student in the Criminal Justice program, recently submitted and had her paper accepted by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Her presentation, entitled "The Effectiveness of Mentoring on Juvenile Delinquency", will be presented on Saturday, March 30 at The ACJS 56th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The presentation is the culmination of Coffey’s capstone project, which investigated the effectiveness of a mentoring program, analyzing the pre-and-post test scores on the Behavior Assessment System for Children for adjudicated delinquents that received mentoring through a regional community service provider. Coffey’s research showed a positive relationship between mentoring and behavioral improvement for this population.
“I wanted to investigate if the work I do every day is effective and efficient,” Coffey said. “I love criminal justice, specifically juvenile justice, so I wanted the opportunity to dive into a specific area of restorative justice.”
Coffey works for Ravenhill Psychological Services as a Senior Forensic Case Manager. After submitting her research for the conference, Coffey said she felt a mix of emotions after being asked to present her work.
“I was shocked, excited, and anxious when finding out I was picked to present at the conference,” she said. “I was so excited that my hard work had been recognized and that I will have the opportunity to share my findings with other professionals. I am so grateful that Holy Family is giving me this opportunity and the chance to represent the University.”
Dr. Patricia Griffin, Director of the Graduate Criminal Justice program, was not surprised Coffey’s hard work had been recognized.
"I am very proud to have guided Kate in her research and to support her presentation at this international conference", Griffin said. “Kate demonstrated a keen ability to synthesize and simplify complex analytical and theoretical concepts.”