School of Public Affairs
Office Hours: Summer 2013
Monday-Thursday 1045 - 1130
or by Appointment
Katy Cathcart, Instructor at the UCCS School of Public Affairs, has been actively seeking a criminal justice assignment at the UCCS School of Public Affairs since completing her master's program in 2010. "Based on the quality and level of excellence at UCCS, I knew that this was where I wanted to try and make my professional contributions." The School of Public Affairs is excited to have her join the faculty.
Ms. Cathcart's background has centered on corrections. She began her work with the Colorado Department of Corrections in 1997 as a Corrections Officer 1. Though the past 15 years, she rose to the level of lieutenant, monitoring and supervising the activities of approximately 10 officers to ensure safety and security of the facility. She also worked as a Training Coordinator providing advanced and specialized training opportunities for some 600 staff members. In addition as an Academy Trainer Ms. Cathcart developed and delivered CDOC basic training curriculum to all newly hired staff members and delivered advanced and specialized training opportunities to assigned staff in all CDOC correctional facilities. Commenting on this highlight of her life, Ms. Cathcart says," I maintained position as the instructor trainer and subject matter expert for the Colorado Department of Corrections in the area of use of force, including forced cell entry, pressure point control tactics and ground avoidance and ground escape for approximately 10 years during my employment with the department. I also served as resource unit leader within the planning section at the state's Emergency Command Center during the Democratic National Convention in 2008."
As an instructor Ms. Cathcart embraces open channels of communication with students and tries to maintain a high awareness of the contemporary criminal justice world for effective translation of lessons to the future leaders sitting in her classrooms.
Ms. Cathcart has an A.A.S.in Criminal Justice from Pueblo Community College. She attended Colorado State University-Pueblo for her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology/Sociology. She earned her Master of Criminal Justice Administration degree from Mountain State University. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Psychology at Northcentral University. She loves learning! Her research interests include the socio-emotional development of adolescents in regard to deviance and crime and the effect of the supermax prison environment on the mental health of the convicted offender.