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 fourth-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 first-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:

Alyssa Fredericks, M.S., is a first-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:

Erinn Acland is a visiting Developmental Psychology PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. Her current work focuses on how socio-emotional factors relate to aggression and recidivism among youth. Erinn’s goal while working in the ADJust lab is to study how individual characteristics of youth interact with the criminal justice system in order to inform policy decisions. Email:


Dr. Cavanagh plans to accept incoming graduate students for 2021-2022. 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.