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About Cay Hellervik

Cay Shea Hellervik was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in nearby Norwood. After graduation from the University of Dayton in 1964, Cay attended graduate school, earning a degree in psychology. In 1975 she took a position with the County Home School in Hennepin County, Minnesota, serving the greater Minneapolis area. She worked for the school until 1990. Serious juvenile offenders were court ordered to this residential institution for an amount of time that was determined by the court, based on the seriousness of their current offenses and past criminal behavior. Cay served as director of the program for the most serious male offenders. For the first five of her fifteen years there, she was frustrated and almost quit, but then discovered a cognitive behavioral "errors in thinking" approach that research studies have proved work very well.

It is Cay's experience as the Director of The Most Serious Offender Program at the Hennepin school that inspired Cay and her husband to support undergraduate research related to juvenile justice issues at the University of Dayton and to establish the Lowell and Mary Catherine (Cay) Shea Hellervik Undergraduate Research Award.