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Award for best dissertation won by Criminology's Evan McCuish
Evan McCuish, recent alumnus of the School of Criminology, is this year’s winner of the American Psychology-Law Society’s Dissertation Award.
His PhD dissertation, titled "Bringing Psychopathy into Research on Offending Trajectories: Understanding the Construct’s Role as a Barrier to Desistance" challenges traditional longitudinal studies in criminology by asserting that these studies are not well equipped to address questions concerning differences between chronic offenders and desisters primarily because they miss a key demographic – offending patterns of youth at the “deep end” of the criminal justice system.
McCuish’s dissertation concentrated on the offending patterns of these youth with special attention given to the manner in which symptoms of psychopathy could be integrated into existing theories of desistance.