CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

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: dalzelle@msu.edu

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Jordan Parker (he/him) is a first-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. Jordan obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Bowling Green State University.  His primary research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, social/racial disparities with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and victimization. Email: parke600@msu.edu

Jen Paruk, MPH, is a fourth-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. Email: parukjen@msu.edu

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Alyssa (Fredericks) LaBerge, M.S., is a third-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: frede197@msu.edu

Mina Lee is a first-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, program evaluation, and forensic assessment. Email: leejun88@msu.edu

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Morgan Titus (she/her/hers), LLMSW, is a third-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy. Her main scholarly interests include complex trauma, sex trafficking, familial relationships, and systemic interventions. Email: Titusmor@msu.edu

Kismet Okyere is a first-year Masters student in the School of Criminal Justice. Email: okyerean@msu.edu

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Amanda R. Witwer is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research interests center around court system policy and use of technology. She supports the Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) program at the Ingham County 30th Circuit Court—Family Division. Email: witweram@msu.edu

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Ashtaan Rapanos is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the intersection of mental health and juvenile justice, education and incarceration, and socioeconomic/ racial disparities in criminal justice systems. Email: rapanos2@msu.edu 

PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dr. Cavanagh plans to accept incoming graduate students for 2023-2024. 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.

GRADUATE STUDENT ALUMNI

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

 

Dr. 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.

Dr. MK Kitzmiller was a doctoral student in the ADJust Lab from 2017-2022. She earned her PhD in Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 2022. She is currently a Research Fellow with the New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA). She provides analytic support for the Atlas Initiative, a voluntary therapeutic service under the umbrella of bail reform that serves as an alternative to pretrial detention.