University Information

Megan Kurlychek

Megan C. Kurlychek
Associate Professor


Ph.D. (2004) Penn State University

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Project Abstract:
State-Mandated Criminal Background Employment Screening: A High Stakes Window into the Desistance Process

Research Interests:

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Offender Rehabilitation and Reentry, Courts and Sentencing, Quantitative Research Methods

Professional Biography:

Megan joined the faculty at the School of Criminal Justice in the fall of 2007.  Her primary research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, specifically prevention and rehabilitation programming.  Megan's current research also encompasses the more general area of offender rehabilitation and reentry.  She has published several pieces focusing on the impact of rehabilitative programming offered in correctional bootcamps and aftercare programs.  Recently her research has focused on the many obstacles offenders face as they attempt to reenter society and the use of criminal history records in limiting legitimate opportunities.  Megan has previously worked as a research analyst for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Pennsylvania State Senate, and retains a major focus on public policy and evaluation research.