Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman is a professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine. Along with her students and staff, her research team focuses on three interrelated concerns:
- patterns of normative development in samples of community and delinquent youth
- delinquent behavior among adolescents and the implications for practice and policy
- the mental health problems of juvenile offenders.
To develop more effective prevention and treatment strategies for youth offenders, we must first understand how individual and environmental factors interact. This understanding can be, and has been, used to inform legal decision-making.