Welcome to the ADJust Lab
Welcome to the Adolescent Development and the Justice System (ADJust) Lab! Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh, a developmental psychologist, is an associate professor of Criminal Justice, a core member of the Youth Equity Project, and an affiliate professor of Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University. She is currently the Associate Director for Undergraduate Education in the School of Criminal Justice. Her research team focuses on three interrelated concerns: (1) the dynamic, reciprocal relation between adolescent development and contact with the juvenile justice system; (2) how youth develop attitudes about the law; and (3) ways that law and policy can better support marginalized families whose children come into contact with the justice system. It is our goal to inform policy using developmentally-sound research to improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with children and families.