Catherine was the lead researcher on the Evaluation of the Bail Supervision Scheme for Children.This process and output evaluation incorporated a quasi-experimental design with a realist contribution analysis formed the primary evidence in the decision by DCYA to mainstream the pilot scheme and expand the scheme to other locations in Ireland.The evaluation was conducted in partnership with An Garda Síochána and collaboration with Irish Youth Justice Services, Oberstown Children Detention Campus, and EXTERN (service providers). Catherine also lead the researcher on the the National Prevalence Survey which investigated if the findings from the Greentown Case Study resonated throughout Ireland. She was also lead researcher on the Redtown replication study which investigated if young peoples'engagement in local criminal networks influenced their prolonged and more serious crime trajectories. Currently Catherine is the lead researcher on an impact and process evaluation of the Bail Supervision Scheme for Children.
Catherine is the lead organiser of the International Illicit Network Workshop that attracted lead scholars. The conference is rescheduled from June 2020 to June 2021. Catherine serves on an Youth Justice Research Advisory group for Department of Children and Youth Affairs. She is working on the REPPP team ion a co-design project with Department of Justice and Equality investigating the impact of COVID_19 on young people living in Ireland
Catherine completed her PhD in Psychology in UL (2017) and an MSc in Psychological Sciences in 2013 (first class honours and awarded the prize for outstanding performance for a major research project). Her PhD research investigated the impact of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence and abuse on young people. She has ISI publications in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. In 2016, she was awarded the Hotaling International Student Research Award at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization conference, New Hampshire, USA. She also received the runner-up position in the Eadbhard OCallaghan Early Career Research Award for Youth Mental Health, at the ACAMH Youth Special Interest Group Conference, Cork, and was a finalist for the Deans Prize, Excellence in Research Award, Facility of Education and Health Science, UL.Catherine was the sole Irish PhD student to be offered a place at the prestigious European Association of Social Psychology Summer School in Lisbon in 2014 where she contributed to the Psychology of Social Justice section. In 2013, Catherine was an invited presenter at the Department of Justice, Defence and Equality, and the House of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence >>