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Graduate Degree:Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree:Smith College
Area of Interest:Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors:Bruce Western, Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and Jessica Simes, Harvard University
Agency:Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
Supervisor:Peter Forbes, Deputy Director
Project Description:As a Radcliffe/Rappaport Doctoral Policy Fellow at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) during the summer 2013, Robey worked primarily with the Subcommittee on Positive Youth Development (PYD) to explore how the agency can promote positive and healthy functioning among youth in the juvenile justice system and measure cognitive, emotional, and social indicators of thriving. In support of the Department’s strategic mission and goals, Robey provided feedback on a proposed PYD framework to help inform strength-based DYS programs and practices, and provided guidance on important outcome areas and corresponding measurable indicators to include in the model. She also developed a protocol for conducting focus groups with staff to collect their feedback on the proposed framework and better understand how they operationalize PYD. In addition, Robey worked on different program policies and manuals that suggest how staff at all levels within the agency can promote thriving among youth in their care through engaging educators, families, and community providers. Following completion of her fellowship, Robey hopes to continue to work with DYS to pre-test and implement an empirically-supported measure of PYD that can be used to identify individual and ecological development assets associated with thriving among juvenile offenders. Click on the following link for a more detailed description of Robey’s work: http://www.rappaporttoday.com/event.html?id=93.