Patrick McCarthy


Patrick McCarthy is a Senior Fellow and Stoneleigh Fellow with the Justice Lab’s Youth Justice Initiatives team, which is focused on ending the punitive youth prison model and accelerating investment in those communities that have been hardest hit by youth incarceration.  He works on manuals, tools and leadership development in support of efforts to close youth prisons, and supports Lab teams that provide tailored consulting and advising to sites around the country that are engaged in efforts to transform their approach to youth justice.  Prior to joining the Lab in 2019, Patrick worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation for 25 years, where he managed the community-based Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children; helped design and implement the Making Connections initiative, a decade-long community development effort in 22 cities; served as Senior Vice President overseeing the Foundation’s work in child welfare, mental health, youth justice, income security, heath, education, reproductive health, early childhood, evidence-based practice and programs, and direct services through Casey Family Services; and served as president and CEO from 2010 to 2019.  Prior to joining the Lab, he was the director of the Delaware Youth Rehabilitative Services system, taught at the University of Southern California and Bryn Mawr College, and was a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Earlier in his career, he managed substance abuse programs in Camden, NJ, where he started a school for young people with mental health and behavioral problems as an alternative to hospitalization or residential placement.  Patrick holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology from Manhattan College.