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 2020-2021 RA team for the Juvenile Risk Assessment study!

Zarria Bronner - Zarria is a junior at Michigan State University, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduation, Zarria plans to continue her education and obtain a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Her goal is to become a Forensic Psychologist.


Claire Chie - Claire is a junior at Michigan State University, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduation, Clare plans to work towards a Masters in Forensic Psychology and a license counselor track. Her main goal is to end up working in juvenile correctional facilities.

Makenzie Smith - Makenzie is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. After graduation, Makenzie plans to continue her education and pursue a Psy.D in Forensic Psychology. Her ultimate goal is to work closely with law enforcement and eventually work as a behavioral analyst with the FBI.

Kaylie Williams - Kaylie is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in Psychology with minors in Cognitive Science and Health Promotion. After graduation, Kaylie plans to continue conducting research while getting a Ph.D in clinical psychology. Her ultimate goal is to become a forensic psychologist and work for the FBI.

Meet the 2020-2021 RA team for the Crossroads Mothers Study!

Amanda Osuna - Amanda is a docotral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on sexual violence and sexual violence prevention on college campuses. Specifically, she looks at institutional betrayal and bystander intervention and the roles they may play on the lives of sexual violence survivors.


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 

Crossroads Mothers Study


Sabina Goldstein

Shantanique Jackson

Guadalupe Moreno

Erin Menich

Anna Semidei

Leandra Pinero

Marina Henke