Each semester, the ADJust Lab evaluates a need for Research Assistants. There are three ways to become involved as an RA:

   1. The Juvenile Risk Assessment study is an ongoing, large scale project, for which new RAs are selected at the end of every spring semester for a full calendar year. The purpose of the study is to test diagnostics to improve treatment and risk assessment for youthful offenders in Ingham County. Research Assistants are primarily responsible for data entry, literature searches and reviews, analyses and presentations for court personnel, and file management tasks.

   2. The Crossroads Mothers study is an ongoing longitudinal project that tracks the mothers/female guardians of juvenile offenders from the time of their first arrest to nearly a decade later. Research Assistants are responsible for managing case files and conducting hour-long telephone interviews with participating women.

   3. Short-term RA positions may arise on an as-needed basis throughout the academic year.

All research assistants must have:

  • Dedication, motivation, and an interest in psychology, criminal law, juvenile justice, and research

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • 10 hours per week to commit to lab, including mandatory bi-weekly meetings

  • Project-specific requirements. For the Juvenile Risk Assessment study, this includes:

    • The ability to devote 12 full, consecutive months (including summer months) to lab

    • The ability to work in the Ingham County courthouse 

We maintain a waitlist for applicants interested in joining the lab, whether or not we are not actively recruiting RAs. Interested in applying? Email Dr. Cavanagh ( You will be notified when positions become available.


Meet the 2021-2022 RA team for the Juvenile Risk Assessment study!

Karissa White - Karissa is a junior at Michigan State University, majoring in Psychology. After graduation, Karissa plans to attend graduate school to pursue her interests in law and criminal justice. Her ultimate goal is to work in the justice system.

Angela Altman - Angela is a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in Criminal Justice. After graduation, Angela plans to continue her education and go to law school. Her ultimate goal is to become a criminal justice attorney.

Casey Orr - Casey is a sophomore at Michigan State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and Social Relations & Policy. After graduation, Casey plans to pursue higher education through grad school in a related field. Her main goal is to work in research or academia. 

Maddie Allen - Maddie is a senior at Michigan State University, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. After graduation, Maddie plans to continue her education and obtain her master's in social work. Her goal is to work on a professional team to help juveniles and children who have experienced trauma. 


Juvenile Risk Assessment Study


Ashley Anderson 

Kelsey Bees 

Marissa Cortwright

Rebecca Flynn

Alivia Foster

Blake Kocsis

Anastasia Machasic

Taylor Mclaurin

Rojet Morrow 

Ema Smith

Jessica Urch 

Zarria Bronner

Clare Chie

Kaylie Williams

Makenzie Smith

Crossroads Mothers Study


Sabina Goldstein

Shantanique Jackson

Guadalupe Moreno

Erin Menich

Anna Semidei

Leandra Pinero

Marina Henke

Amanda Osuna