Kathleen Bailey

Professor Bailey


School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies

B.S., Central Michigan University 

M.A., Ed.D., Western Michigan University

Office: 267-C DeVos

Phone: (616) 331-7148

E-mail: [email protected]



Juvenile Justice Process; Juvenile Treatment & Corrections; Counseling Youth & Families


Dr. Kathleen Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ). Dr. Bailey holds a B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating she began working with emotionally disturbed youth in residential treatment. In 1982 she was hired by the Kent County Juvenile Court (Court) where she held a number of positions. While at the Court she finished her MA in Counseling Psychology, from Western Michigan University, and was hired to be part of a team to change the focus from institutionalizing youth to providing community based treatment services. As an intensive probation officer she worked with youth 11-17 years of age doing probationary casework as well as individual, family, and group therapy. As she was completing her Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology (Clinical Mental Health) Grand Valley State University’s School of Criminal Justice recruited and hired her to fill a tenured track position designed to develop the Juvenile Justice Emphasis.

Dr. Bailey has taught a range of courses, including: Justice and Society, Juvenile Justice Process, Youth Culture and Crime, Juvenile Correctional Counseling, Juvenile Administration and Legal Issues, Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice, Advanced Juvenile Justice Systems, Crime and Punishment and Freshman Seminar. Throughout her 20 years of teaching she has been the recipient of several teaching, mentoring, and advising awards, among them: the GVSU Glenn Niemeyer Award (2012), GVSU Outstanding Faculty Advisor and Student Service Award (2011), GVSU Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Student Life (2008), College of Community and Public Service Outstanding Mentor Award (2007), and the Grand Valley State University Alumni Association Outstanding Educator Award 2004.

Dr. Bailey continues to work as a juvenile justice system consultant, trainer, and researcher, training numerous juvenile justice agencies, academies, and symposiums at both the state and national level. Her interest is in treatment and training, and she is a consultant and researcher of treatment for juvenile offenders, publishing several articles, in addition to a book about counseling youth offenders and their families.

Dr. Bailey is also the Assistant Director of Faculty for Freshman Orientation and has worked with faculty, advisors, and Admissions to successfully orient over 25,000 new students to GVSU/ She is also the Faculty Advisor for the GVSY Pals Student Mentor Program, where she has worked closely with hundreds of student mentors over the past 8 years, training and supporting their work with at-risk youth in the community.

Because of her passion and commitment to the juvenile justice system and youth at risk, she has been part of a team that has launched the Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20, a statewide initiative to reengineer the juvenile justice system in Michigan. In addition to serving on the Executive Board of that project, she also serves as a Co-leader of Visions 20/20 Action Team 5, a committee that reviews and evaluates the training needed for juvenile justice professionals in Michigan.


2011: Juvenile Justice, In: Justice & society An Introduction. Grand Rapids MI: GVSU SCJ 2009: “Relational Treatment for Youth and Families A Practitioner’s Guide to Entitlement Theory,” Self-Publication (2nd Edition) (Co- author, S.E. Wolfe).

Accepted for Publication

2010 “Using Entitlement Theory a Relational Treatment For Youth: A Case Study: Juan” (Co-author, S.E. Wolfe). Editors: Johnson, J., & Grant G. Allyn & Bacon Casebook Series: Incarcerated persons and their families.

Technical Reports and Other University Reviewed Research

2009: “CJ 622 Service Learning Project – Research Report/” prepared for the Berrien County Trial Court-Family Division (December 2009)

Conference Papers and Presentations

2011: “Good Enough Teaching” Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Fall Conference Keynote Speaker (August 2011) Co-presenters T. Yalda, J. Cooper 2010: “Developing an IMPAACT Team” Fall Teaching and Learning Conference, Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids Michigan Coauthors and Presenters, K. Kimoto, P. Gerkin, R. Smith-Colton, T. Workman, T. Beaudry, B. Merrit. 2010: “Student Engagement and IMPAACT Teams” Teaching and Public Administration Conference, Grand Rapids Michigan Coauthors and Presenters, K. Jack. K. Kimoto, P. Gerkin, R. Smith-Colton, T. Workman, T, Beaudry, B. Merrit. 2010: “Grand Valley State University Pals Student Mentoring Program” National Youth at Risk Conference Savannah, Georgia Coauthors and Presenters, T. Workman, T. Beaudry, S. Mareya. 2009: Michigan Judicial Institute and Michigan Detention Association Winter Conference “Restoration and Relationships: A Theoretical Understanding of the Relational Health that Promotes justice” Lansing, Michigan (March 8th, 2009) 2009: “Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment: Assessing Group Treatment Placements, a Review of Similarities and Differences of Behavior.” Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Coauthors and Presenters: J.D. Ballard, D. Ross, & N. Seif.

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