Girls in Justice

Elizabeth Cauffman

Professor, Department of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine, and holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society, the School of Education, and the School of Law.  She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University.  She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books on topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, and juvenile justice.

Findings from Dr. Cauffman’s research were incorporated into the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs submitted to the US Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the juvenile death penalty, and in both Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama, which placed limits on the use of life without parole as a sentence for juveniles.  She served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice as well as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications.  She currently directs the Center for Psychology & Law as well as the Master’s in Legal & Forensic Psychology at UCI. Her areas of expertise include research on girls as a unique population; psychological and behavioral differences between youth and adults; US/China girl populations (similarities/differences).

Learn more about Elizabeth Cauffman’s work:

Trajectories of Violent Behavior Among Females and Males. (2017) with A. Fine, A.G. Thomas, & K.C. Monohan

Pathways to Persistence: Female Offending from 14 to 25. (2015) with A. Fine, A.G. Thomas, & K.C. Monohan

Bad Romance: Sex Differences in the Longitudinal Association Between Romantic Relationships and Deviant Behavior. (2014) with K.C. Monohan & C. Dmitrieva

Peer Status Among Incarcerated Female Offenders: Associations With Social Behavior and Adjustment. (2014) with A. Goldweber & A.H.N. Cillessen

Relational Aggression and the DSM-V: What Can Clinicians Tell Us about Female Juvenile Offenders? (2012) with A. Goldweber

Understanding the Female Offender. (2008)

Bad Boys or Poor Parents: Relations to Female Juvenile Delinquency. (2008) with S.P. Farruggia & A. Goldweber

Gender Differences in Mental Health Symptoms Among Delinquent and Community Youth. (2007) with S.J. Lexcen, A. Goldweber, E.P. Shulman, & T. Grisso

A Statewide Screening of Mental Health Symptoms Among Juvenile Offenders in Detention. (2004) 

A Cluster-Analytic Investigation of MMPI Profiles of Serious Male and Female Juvenile Offenders. (2003) with D.L Espelage, L. Broidy, A.R. Piquero, P. Mazerolle, & H. Steiner

Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial: A Comparison of Adolescents’ and Adults’ Capacities as Trial Defendants. (2003) with T. Grisso, L. Steinberg, J. Woolard, E. Scott, S. Graham, F. Lexcen, N.D. Repucci, & R. Schwartz

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Female Juvenile Offenders. (1998) with S. Feldman, J. Watherman, & H. Steiner


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