Erica Dalzell, M.S., is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. In addition to assisting the Juvenile Risk Assessment Team, Erica works with Public Policy Associates Inc., to study disproportionate minority contact in Michigan’s Juvenile Justice system, and as a graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Cavanagh. Her
primary research interests include juvenile justice, the law, and behavior. Email:

Mary (MK) Kitzmiller, MA, is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at Michigan State University. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. Broadly, she is interested in systems change through policy reform, intervention, and evaluation. Specifically, she is interested in improving risk evaluation and treatment of court-involved youth through translating research to practice. Through her program of research, Mary seeks to understand the applications of community psychology to youth and family interactions with the legal system. Email:

Jen Paruk, MPH, is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University, and she continues to pursue her research interests in violence prevention and adolescent health at MSU. Email:

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Alyssa (Fredericks) LaBerge, M.S., is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her primary research interests include adolescent offending, juvenile sentencing and corrections practices, familial relationships, and the outcomes of youth dually involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Email:


Dr. Cavanagh plans to accept incoming graduate students for 2022-2023. Students interested in graduate mentorship under Dr. Cavanagh at the masters or doctoral level are encouraged to apply to either the Criminal Justice or Community Psychology program.


The MSU School of Criminal Justice is a top-ranked program offering Masters degrees and Doctorates in criminal justice. The MSU Department of Psychology offers doctorates in Community Psychology. 


For information about grad student life at MSU or in the lab, please contact any one of Dr. Cavanagh's current graduate students.


Roberta (Birdy) Liggett O'Malley was a doctoral student in the ADJust Lab from 2019-2021. She earned her PhD from Michigan State University in 2021. She is currently an Assistant Professor a the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Department of Criminology.


Erinn Acland was a visiting doctoral scholar in the ADJust lab during 2020 as part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program (NSERC CGS-MSFSS). She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto in December 2020. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the GRIP Lab under the mentorship of Prof. Castellanos and Prof. Geoffroy.