Katy Cathcart

Dr. Katherine "Katy" Cathcart Portrait

Katy Cathcart

Ph.D., Senior Instructor
School of Public Affairs

ACAD 310
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Office Hours :
Monday: 9:30am-10:30am | Tuesday: 5:30pm-7:20pm | Friday: 9:00am-10:30am | & by appointment

Biographical Information

Dr. Katy Cathcart, Senior Instructor at the UCCS School of Public Affairs, has over 20 years of both academic and practitioner experience in the field of criminal justice. Dr. Cathcart's background has centered primarily on corrections. She began her work with the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) in 1997 as a Corrections Officer 1. In her 15-year career at CDOC, she rose to the level of lieutenant, monitoring and supervising the activities of the safety and security of the corrections facility through numerous assignments within the organization including shift commander, facility training coordinator, academy trainer, and security specialist. Dr. Cathcart has worked with both male and female offender populations, and has held institutional assignments at all classification levels.

Dr. 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 in 2010, studying contemporary applications of antiquated U.S. prison environments. Dr. Cathcart earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, in May 2017.  In completion of her research, Dr. Cathcart has completed field work at numerous U.S. prison environments, including San Quentin State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison in California, Huntsville State Prison in Texas, and Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Her recent research efforts have included consideration of reform associated with the use of restrictive housing, policy and practice associated with body-worn cameras by law enforcement personnel, and the translation of cognitive based offender programming to support institutional management and offender reentry.

Katy Cathcart's Faculty Innovative Teaching Award

Areas of Interest

  • Antiquated prison environments
  • Use of force by criminal justice professionals
  • The corrections administrative segregation/supermax environment
  • Adult learning

Curriculum Vitae