Kevin Barnes-Ceeney, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

COLLEGE
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

DEPARTMENT
Criminal Justice,
M.S. Criminal Justice,
Ph.D. Criminal Justice
Education

The Graduate Center, City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice Doctor of Philosophy2013, Dissertation: Negotiating labyrinths of risk: The impact and implementation of a structured violence risk assessment instrument in juvenile parole

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Master of Arts2008, Major in Criminal Justice

University of Wales College Newport, Wales, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)2001, Major in Community Justice

University of Kent at Canterbury, England, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)1992, Major in English and American Literature

About Any

Through my scholarship and technical assistance work I seek to understand and improve criminal justice interventions in order to more effectively support both staff and clients, while paying careful attention to genuine public safety concerns. Specifically, I have focused on the implementation of violence risk assessment instruments, and the development of responsive and iterative case management approaches. Overall, I am interested in community corrections, community justice approaches, risk assessment, and the impact of organizational culture on the implementation of evidence-based services.

My dissertation research entitled “Negotiating Labyrinths of Risk: The Impact and Implementation of a Structured Violence Risk Assessment Instrument in Juvenile Parole” was a mixed methods study examining the impact of a violence risk assessment instrument on juvenile parole decision-making in New Jersey. Through the research I sought to understand the meanings juvenile justice actors ascribe to risk, and how such understandings shape juvenile justice system responses. My study adopted a quasi-experimental design (n = 542) to examine whether the introduction of the SAVRY risk instrument influences parole board decision-making concerning early-release. I found that incarcerated juveniles who were risk-assessed were 1.7 times more likely to be released early on parole, regardless of sentence length, offense seriousness, and actuarial risk level.

Since October 2015 I have worked closely with the Inter-American Development Bank and staff in Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security and Ministry of Justice’s Citizen Security and Justice Program to develop and implement Jamaican violence risk assessment and case management tools across the country.

My previous work in England and Wales as a Probation Officer managing people who posed a high risk of harm to communities, as an alcohol counselor working with justice-involved individuals, and working in housing and resettlement with the homeless, ensures that my scholarship, technical assistance, and teaching is grounded and practice-focused. I am particularly interested in engaging with governmental and non-profit organizations and workers in translating research into practice, and delivering services that are strengths-based, trauma-informed, and evidence-producing.

Areas of Expertise and Interest

Corrections

Reentry

Risk assessment and case management

Community justice

Restorative justice

Evidence-based offender programs

Trauma through the life course

Implementation and evaluation research

Mixed methods research

Action research

Post-genocide reconciliation

Research-driven practice

Honors and Awards

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Provost’s Office, New York, NY, Recognition of Faculty and Staff who have Received Major and External Grants and Awards, Honoree, 2015

City University of New York, New York, NY Salute to Scholars, Certificate of recognition in honor of outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions to the creation and transmittal of knowledge, 2013

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, 2012-2013 Best Dissertation Award, $1,000, 2013

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, Arthur and Elaine Niederhoffer Award, $1,000, Recognition of excellence and creativity in doctoral scholarship and research, 2012

European Association for Research on Adolescence/ Society for Research on Adolescence International Summer School, Junior Scholar, 2011

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Provost’s Office, New York, NY, Certificate of Appreciate for Guidance and Encouragement of Dean’s List Students, 2010-2012

The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, $72,000, 2008-2012

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, Imette St. Guillen / Alpha Phi Sigma Memorial Scholarship, $7,000, 2007-2008

Selected Research and Professional Consulting

Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
2015 – Present International Consultant to Citizen Security and Justice Program, Jamaica

Professional Appointments

New Jersey State Parole Board, Trenton, NJ
Graduate Intern, 2010

New Jersey Probation Services Division, Intensive Supervision Team, Montclair, NJ
Graduate Intern, 2007

United Nations, New York, NY
Graduate Intern, 2007

National Probation Service, South Wales Division, UK
Deputy Manager and Probation/Parole Officer, 2005-2006

Voluntary Service Overseas, Astana, Kazakhstan
Social Work Advison, 2004-2005

National Probation Service, South Wales Division, UK
Deputy Manager and Probation/Parole Officer, 2002-2004

National Probation Service, South Wales Division, UK
Probation Officer, High Risk Team, 2001-2002

Drink Crisis Center/ Inner London Probation Partnership, London, UK
Alcohol Worker, 1995-1997

Carr Gomm Housing Association, London, UK
Referrals Officer, 1993-1995

St. Mungo's Housing Association, London, UK
Homeless Hostel Worker, 1992-1993

Publications
PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Fang, L., Barnes-Ceeney, K., & Schinke, S. P. (2011). Substance use behavior among early-adolescent. Asian American girls: The impact of psychological and family factors. Women & Health, 51(7), 623-642. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2011.616575

Fang, L., Barnes-Ceeney, K., Lee, R., & Tao, J. (2011). Substance use among Asian American adolescents: Perceptions of use and preferences for prevention programming. Social Work in Health Care, 50(8), 606-624. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2011.588115

TEXT BOOK CASE STUDY
Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2016). Developing social work in Kazakhstan: A case study. In S. Hick (Ed.). Social Work in Canada: An introduction. Thompson Educational Publishing: Toronto, Canada.

PROFESSIONAL REPORTS
Barnes-Ceeney, K & Mellow, J. (2015). The NeON Initiative: An evaluation of a community-oriented probation model in New York City. New York City Department of Probation: New York.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2013). Negotiating labyrinths of risk: The impact and implementation of the structured assessment of violence risk in youth (SAVRY) in juvenile parole in New Jersey. New Jersey State Parole Board: Trenton, NJ.

TRAINING AND ELECTRONIC MATERIALS
Barnes-Ceeney, K., & Naylor, A. (2005). Communication skills for social workers: A trainers' manual. UNICEF, American International Health Alliance and Voluntary Service Overseas.

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2014, February 21). From trailing, nailing, and jailing to community engagement and community benefit: Findings from the NeON evaluation. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2014, January 16). The impact of the structured assessment of violence risk in youth (SAVRY) in juvenile corrections. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Barnes-Ceeney, K., & Mellow, J. (2013, November 22). Making the ground through walking: The challenges of an action research approach in community corrections. Paper presented at the 65th meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.

Barnes-Ceeney, K., Schiraldi, V., Tucker, S., & Lacey, C. (2013, November 21). NYC Department of probation’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network: From court-based waiting rooms to community resource hubs. Led the round table discussion at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.

Barnes-Ceeney, K., Mellow, J., & Thomas, S. (2012, November 14). A community justice approach to probation: Evaluating the NYC new model of probation. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago IL

Barnes-Ceeney, K. & Fang, L. (2012, August 2). A mixed method study of the impact of a juvenile violence risk assessment instrument. Paper presented at the 120th convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. & Yu, V. (2012, July 21). A public health approach for successful reentry: Applying the ecological framework to correctional work. Paper presented at the 142nd Congress of Correction Workshop, the American Correctional Association, Denver, CO.

INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND SPEECHES
Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2016, July 19) Risk assessment and case management for violence prevention and reduction. Presentation to State Minister Senator Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr., Ministry of National Security, Kingston, Jamaica.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2016, April 29). Implementing risk assessment and case management systems for secondary and tertiary violence prevention. Presentation to the Department for International Development (DFID), Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and development), and the Inter-American Development Bank, Citizen Security and Justice Program, Kingston, Jamaica.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2015, October 21-22). Risk and protective factors for juvenile offending. Presentation to the Inter-American Development Banks’ Seventh Intensive Clinic on Citizen Security: Semana de la Seguridad Ciudadana 2015, Quito, Ecuador.

Jacobs, A., & Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2015, August 7). Risk, protective factors, and reentry. Workshop facilitated at Crime prevention: From knowledge to action for the Inter-American Development Bank, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2015, May 13). Design pathways in public policy: The NeON initiative. Presentation to the Town and Gown Working Group, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Policy, Meet Design: 2, The New School, New York, NY.

Clear, T. R., Medino, J., Rubin, K., & Williams, J. D., & Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2015, March 5). The Growth of Incarceration: Consequences for Communities. Moderation of panel, Occasional Series on Reentry, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2015, February 6). Designing for Community Engagement. Presentation to the Town and Gown Working Group, NYC Department of Design and Construction, a collaborative partnership to redesign Police Precinct 73, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2014, February 6). Art Programs in Corrections. Presentation to members of Pussy Riot, and staff from The Voice Project, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

Barnes-Ceeney, K., Schiraldi, V., Lacey, C., & Malik, A. (2014, January 15). The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON): Do Less Harm, Do More Good, Do it in the Community. Workshop facilitated at the American Probation and Parole Association’s Winter Training Institute, Houston, TX.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2013, December 6). Testimony to NYC City Council on the NYC Department of Probation’s NeON initiative, New York, NY.

Barnes-Ceeney, K., & Mellow, J. (2013, January 17). Advancing motivational interviewing: Intra- and inter-organizational communication skills for assessing risk and managing harm. Workshop facilitated at the NYC Department of Probation’s Professional Development Day, New York, NY.

Tucker, S., Richards, S., & Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2013, January 14). Neighborhood opportunity networks (NeON). Workshop facilitated at the American Probation and Parole Association’s Winter Training Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

Barnes-Ceeney, K. & Mellow, J. (2012, June 21). From partnership to participation: Developing trust through action research of the Neon's. Workshop facilitated at the NYC Department of Probation's Professional Development Day, New York, NY.

Contributions to Student Supervision

BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONS.) THESIS ADVISOR
2015 – 2016 Christine Li: “Balancing care and control: The ethics of surveillance in social work with justice-involved youth” Received 2016 John Jay College BA Criminal Justice Program Outstanding Thesis Award

2015 – 2016 Vanessa Castro-Mora: “Rethinking women's reentry: Applying ecological systems theory to a prison-based mentoring program”

2014 – 2015 Spencer Washington: “Justice in the Classroom: Analyzing the educational inequality of the school-to-prison pipeline in relation to Brown v. Board of Education”

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