Christopher Allen Mallett, Dr.
 Title: Director & Professor
BSW Program Coordinator
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1426
 Phone: 216-523-7514
 Fax: 216-687-5590
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1426, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
juvenile justice, school-to-prison pipeline, special education, learning disabilities, mental health, maltreatment, adolescence, trauma, detention, incarceration, delinquency,' trauma-informed care, racial and ethnic disparities, school dropout, disproportionate minority contact, LGBTQ+
J.D., Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2003
Ph.D., Social Work, The Ohio State University, 1999
MSW, Social Work, University of Maryland, 1995
B.A., Political Science, University of Findlay, 1986
Brief Bio:
Christopher A. Mallett, Professor of Social Work, teaches delinquency, research methods, and statistics graduate and undergraduate courses at Cleveland State University. Dr. Mallett is licensed in Ohio as a social worker and attorney and has a twenty-five year history of working with, advocating for, and representing vulnerable adolescents and their families. His research focuses on juvenile delinquency, incarceration, and school pathways to the juvenile justice system and the impact of trauma, mental health issues, and special education (learning) disabilities. Of significant concern is the disparate impact on students of color and young people who identify as LGBTQ+. As a consultant whose expertise is utilized nationally by juvenile and family courts, school districts, and childrens service agencies, Dr. Mallett has published three books and more than 70 research papers, book chapters, and technical assistance training briefs on these topics.
Honors and Awards:
2021 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Cleveland State University

2014 International Organization of Social Sciences Conference "Best Paper Award" (An assessment of risk factors for early death among a population of previously incarcerated youth)

2012 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Cleveland State University

2012 Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence, Cleveland State University

2012 Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice "Best Paper Award" (Significant race differences in factors related to the detention recidivism of youthful offenders)
Creative and Activities:
National Technical Assistance Trainings

School-Justice Partnership Institute, NCJFCJ (OJJDP), School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project, August 8-9, 2016, Atlanta, GA.

Christian County, Kentucky, Juvenile Court and School District, School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project, March 17-18, 2016.

Campbell & Fayette (KY) County Juvenile Courts, School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project, December 1-3, 2014.

Tippecanoe County (IN) Superior Court, School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project, September 30th, 2014.

Family Court of Delaware, Solutions for family courts in rehabilitating youth with disabilities. May 9-10, 2012: Rehoboth, DE.

Family Court of Delaware, Youth with learning disabilities in the juvenile and family courts. September 8-9, 2011: Rehoboth, DE.

Erie County Model Court Annual Training, Adolescent development, mental health disorders, and interventions. November 18th, 2008: Buffalo, NY.
Research Interests:
These research efforts are in four primary areas: evaluating child and adolescent disability risks and outcomes; evaluating social work and prevention programming; minimizing the use of juvenile delinquency and incarceration; and analyzing juvenile, criminal, and disability law, and related legislative policy.  The population of concern is children and adolescents with certain disabilities (learning and academic), disorders (mental health, substance abuse), and/or maltreatment victimizations and trauma that place them at high risk for delinquency and criminal court involvement, as well as other difficult young adult outcomes - with specific emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities. The law and policy analysis efforts have investigated and demonstrated the imperative need to shift from todays punitive juvenile justice policies toward a more effective rehabilitative paradigm.  These reviews have bridged empirical studies with social policy and federal/Supreme court decisions.
Professional Affiliations:
National Advisory and Technical Assistance Training Task Force - National Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project (2013 to 2017).

National Advisory Committee (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) - Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project (2010 to 2012)

Board Member, Juvenile Court Citizens Advisory Board, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (2004 to 2010)

Member, Voices for Children of Greater Cleveland (Voices for Americas Children affiliate) (2004 to 2010)

Member, Juvenile Justice Advocacy Alliance, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (2004 to 2009)
Professional Experience:
Program Evaluation

Consultation and evaluation for childrens service agencies, juvenile courts, mental health/substance abuse agencies, county department partnerships, Family First Councils, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, county mental health and drug boards, legal advocacy organizations, and youth advocacy groups. Outcomes are focused on improving child and youth disability systems coordination, identifying effective social work interventions and practice, and expanding Medicaid and other funding options. Specific projects include juvenile court disproportionate minority contact and confinement (DMC) problem assessments and mandated state-reporting; Technical Assistance Briefs - youth with learning disabilities in juvenile and family courts; development and evaluation of programs to improve maltreated children and youths academic and school outcomes; juvenile drug and mental health courts; design and evaluation of programs to decrease minority youth detention; investigation of Medicaid School Programs effectiveness; assessments of mental health board-funded agency clients satisfaction surveys; building predictive models to identify maltreated children at risk for juvenile delinquency; and designing procedures and tracking outcomes to identify risk and protective factors for juvenile offender populations.

Public Policy and Advocacy

*Agency, regional, and state advocate, lobbied for public and private nonprofit child-caring agencies on behalf of at-risk youth and their families. Selected to decision-making statewide task forces and committees to appropriately design managed care systems for Ohio public dollar expenditures.

*Recognized state expert on Medicaid, behavioral healthcare, and managed care effects on youth with disabilities and their families. Recruited to present to and educate numerous constituent groups, policy makers, and legislators around these complicated policy issues.

*Advocated through the Council of Behavioral Healthcare Organizations and the Ohio Association of Child-Caring Agencies Behavioral Health Medicaid Advisory and Legislative Committees focused on juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and public financing - Medicaid, Title IV-E, behavioral healthcare. Well-versed in statutory regulations, legislation, and administrative rule-making.

Legal Practice
*Assisted in defense of juvenile offenders and adults, charged and/or indicted, during all legal defense stages discovery, depositions, et al. Guardian ad litem for childrens services, delinquency, and private custody cases and responsible for investigations of cases, collaborations with all parties, and recommendations to jurists as to the best interests of the children and adolescents.
Professional Service:
Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, 2022 General Assembly, Positive aspects of family caregiving, April 25, 2022, Santa Fe, NM.

National Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2022 National Conference. Police in schools: A paradox and dilemma, March 14th, 2022, Pittsburgh, PA.

Urban Affairs Association, 50th Annual Conference. Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline. April 22nd, 2022, Washington, DC.

The American Society of Criminology, 2021 Annual Meeting. Explaining race differences in the school-to-prison pipeline, Nov. 18th, 2021, Chicago.

Education on Location Series, Millersville University, The school-to-prison pipeline. Millersville, Pennsylvania, April 7th, 2016.

National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Conference), The school-to-prison pipeline: Impacting vulnerable students, Nov. 13th, 2015, Col., OH.

The American Society of Criminology, 2014 Annual Meeting. The future of juvenile life without parole, November 19th, 2014: San Francisco, CA.

National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Conference), Youthful offender incarceration: Fiction v. Facts, November 22nd, 2013, Columbus, OH.

The American Society of Criminology, 2013 Annual Meeting. JLWOP: Constitutional but complicated, November 20th, 2013: Atlanta, GA.

National Symposium on Juvenile Justice, 19th National Conference. Trauma and delinquency: Crossover youth. Oct. 22nd, 2013, Louisville, KY.

American Bar Association, 15th National Conference on Children and the Law. Trauma, and youthful offenders, July 11th, 2013, Washington, DC.

Jefferson County Family Court. Faces of childhood trauma: A multidisciplinary symposium keynote). May 17th, 2013, Louisville, KY.

National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Conference). Effective delinquency prevention, Nov. 29th, 2012: Columbus, Ohio.

Delaware Juvenile Justice Conference. From trauma and maltreatment to delinquency: challenges and solutions (plenary) June 13th, 2012: Dover, DE.

Family Court of Delaware, 2012 Annual Meeting. Solutions for family courts in rehabilitating youth with disabilities. May 10th, 2012: Rehoboth, DE.

The American Society of Criminology, 2011 Annual Meeting. Life without parole for juveniles, November 18th, 2011: Washington DC.

American Public Health Association, 139th Annual Meeting. Predicting delinquency: Maltreatment and disorders (poster), Oct. 31st, 2011: Wash. DC.        

The Society for the Study of Social Problems, 61st Annual Meeting. Race differences related to youth detention, Aug. 19th, 2011: Las Vegas, NV.  

National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Chapter). Improving maltreated childrens academic outcomes, Oct. 29th, 2010, Columbus Ohio.

Ohio Program Evaluators Group, 2010 Spring Evaluators Exchange. Mixed methods research and practice, May 14, 2010, Columbus, OH.

ACLU of Ohio, 2010 Annual Meeting (keynote). Reforming juvenile justice: National priorities & local concerns, April 18th, 2010, Cleveland, OH.
Research Grants:
$221,000 (2022-2023, Principle Investigator) ¿ University Partnership Program, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

$20,000 (2020 - Co-principle Investigator with Miyuki Fukushima-Tedor) School-to-prison pipeline FIRE (Faculty Innovative Research and Engagement) Grant, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, Cleveland State University.  

$12,300 (2008/09; Co-principle Investigator) Lorain County Ohio Board of Mental Health, Provider agency program evaluations.

$28,500 (2007/08; Principle/sole Investigator) Lorain County Ohio Integrated Services Partnership, Predicting future delinquency outcomes: A retroactive review and comparison of two child welfare populations.  

$9,352 (2007/08; Co-principle Investigator) Lorain County Ohio Board of Mental Health, Provider agency program evaluations.

$10,000 (2006/07; Principle/sole Investigator) Lorain County Ohio Juvenile Court, Risk and protective factors of delinquent youth.