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Katie Press


Katie Press joined the NCCD research team in 2016 after completing her master’s degree in social work (MSW) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While in the MSW program, Katie focused on racial disparities in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems and had various internship experiences with organizations in the community, such as the Red Cross, the Madison YWCA, and Journey Mental Health Center. She also presented a workshop on social work, activism, and ethics at the UW-Madison School of Social Work Symposium on Confronting Racial Injustice.

Katie also holds a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from UW-Madison and a certificate in Arabic language and literature from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. Before beginning her studies in Madison, she served in the Marine Corps as an Arabic linguist and intelligence analyst.

Recent Publications by Katie Press:

Katie Press, NCCD Researcher

When facilitating a workgroup or meeting of any kind, it is helpful for the group to have a phrase, agreed upon in advance, that can be used to respectfully pause and refocus an off-topic conversation. “Land the plane” is one phrase that NCCD staff use for this purpose, and I would like to use it today to pause and refocus the conversation around

Katie Press, Researcher, NCCD

As a social worker, I was used to having team meetings with clients and their social support systems. Without the insights that come from a client’s support system, it can be difficult to know if the proposed intervention is relevant to the client’s needs. When NCCD works with an agency or jurisdiction, we follow a similar process. We convene

Katie Press, NCCD Researcher

In previous blog posts, I discussed the problems that can arise from a lack of systems thinking and the barriers to understanding juvenile justice systems. Fortunately, we have a model to study: The health care industry has been mapping and analyzing systems for many years. Why apply the health systems model to juvenile justice? Turns out these two

Katie Press, Researcher, NCCD

In my last blog post I talked about the unintended consequences of a lack of systems thinking. As a social worker, if I had had better communication with other professionals as well as with my client, the situation might have turned out differently. So why aren’t more people talking about systems thinking when it comes to juvenile justice reform

Katie Press, Researcher, NCCD

With a background in social work, I used to engage with clients involved in multiple public service systems. I often saw well-meaning efforts fail because these systems did not interact, and the client’s individual needs were not addressed through the context of the larger community and society. One of my social work clients was a young single