Research Opportunity in the Juvenile Justice System or Forensic Psychology

Research Opportunity in the Juvenile Justice System or Forensic Psychology

start: 2018-02-20

Research opportunity for 2018-2019!


This research opportunity is for students interested in the juvenile justice system or forensic psychology. The project involves a partnership between MSU (under the leadership of Dr. Cait Cavanagh) and a local juvenile court system. At the court, each youth who commits a crime is administered a risk assessment, which shows areas of unmet need and how likely the youth is to commit another crime. The project has expanded to include a measure for juvenile sex offenders, families involved in the abuse/neglect division of the court, and youth with mental health needs.


Selected students will be able to:

-Create an independent research project

-Present at a national conference

-Pursue opportunities for publication

-Receive a personalized letter of recommendation


The available position involves:

-Basic data entry

-Working with court probation officers for data collection

-Data management



-Must be available to work during summer, fall, and spring semesters (2018-2019), totalling a full calendar year

-Must be able to take independent study or similar credit (e.g. PSY/CJ 490/491 or a similar course)

-Must have 8-10 hours of availability per week for individual work, including transportation to a local courthouse

-Must be available on Wednesday afternoons for mandatory meetings with court officials

-Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher


If you are interested in applying or would like to learn more, please contact Kaitlyn Rines at Additionally, please visit for more information about Dr. Cavanagh’s research. Thank you for your interest!