Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law. Dr. Cauffman received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University. At the broadest level, Dr. Cauffman's research addresses the intersect between adolescent development and juvenile justice. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, and juvenile justice. Most recently, findings from Dr. Cauffman’s research were incorporated into the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. 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. As part of her larger efforts to help research inform practice and policy, she served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and currently directs the Center for Psychology & Law at UCI. To learn more about her research, please visit her Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab website.
Web Video on Current Research
Web Links of Research Sites
- Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab (Dr. Cauffman's Lab)
- Center for Psychology and Law
- Research Opportunities (Undergraduate)
- Graduate Students
Web Links of Interest
- Current research project: Crossroads
- National Youth Screening Assistance Project (NYSAP)
- MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice
- MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Initiative
- Pathways to Desistance
*Asterisks denote publications with current or former graduate students, or postdoctoral scholars.
Cauffman, E., *Fine, A., *Thomas, A. & *Monahan, K. (in press). Trajectories of violent behavior among females and males. Child Development.
*Fine, A., *Cavanagh, C., *Donley, S., Frick, P., Steimberg, L. & Cauffman, E. (in press). The role of peer arrests on the development of youths’ attitudes towards the justice system. Law & Human Behavior.
Cauffman, E., *Shulman, E. P, *Bechtold, J., & Steinberg, L. (in press). Children, adolescents, and the law. In M. Bornstein, T. Leventhal, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science (7th ed., Vol. 4). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
*Cavanagh, C. & Cauffman, E. (in press). Viewing law and order: Mothers' and sons' justice system legitimacy attitudes and juvenile recidivism. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
Cauffman, E., *Cavanagh, C., *Donley, S., & *Thomas, A. (in press). A developmental perspective on adolescent risk-taking and criminal behavior. Handbook of Criminological Theory. (Authors are listed alphabetically as all authors contributed equally.)
Cauffman, E., *Monahan, K., & *Thomas, A. (2015). Pathways to persistence: Female offending from 14 to 25. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 1, 236-268.
*Monahan, K., VanDerhei, S., *Bechtold, J., & Cauffman, E. (2014). From the school yard to the squad car: School discipline, truancy, and arrest. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 43, 1110-1122.
*Thomas, A. & Cauffman, E. (2014). Youth sexting as child pornography: Developmental science supports less harsh sanctions for juvenile sexters. New Criminal Law Review, 17, 631-651.
*Goldweber, A., Cauffman, E., & Cillessen, T. (2014). Peer status among incarcerated female offenders: Associations with social behavior and adjustment. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 720-733.
*Malloy, L., *Shulman, E., & Cauffman, E. (2014). Interrogations, confessions, and guilty pleas among serious adolescent offenders. Law & Human Behavior, 38, 181-193.
*Bechtold, J. & Cauffman, E. (2014). Tried as an adult, housed as a juvenile: A tale of youth from two courts incarcerated together. Law & Human Behavior, 38, 126-138.
*Shulman, E. & Cauffman, E. (2014). Deciding in the dark: Age differences in intuitive risk judgment. Developmental Psychology, 50, 167-177.
*Kaasa, S., Cauffman, E., Clarke-Stewart, A., & Loftus, E. (2013). False accusations in an investigative context: Differences between suggestible and non-suggestible witnesses. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 31, 574-592.
Cauffman, E. (2012). Aligning justice system processing with developmental science. Criminology & Public Policy, 11, 751-758.
*Dmitrieva, J., *Monahan, K., Cauffman, E., & Steinberg, L. (2012). Arrested development: The effects of incarceration on adolescents’ development of psychosocial maturity. Development & Psychopathology, 24, 1073-1090.
Cauffman, E. & Steinberg, L. (2012). Emerging findings from adolescent development and juvenile justice. Victims & Offenders, 7, 428-449.
Cauffman, E., *Shulman, E., Steinberg, L., Claus, E., Banich, M., Woolard, J., & Graham, S. (2010). Age differences in sensitivity to the rewards and costs of a risky decision as indexed by performance on the Iowa gambling task. Developmental Psychology, 46, 193-207.
Cauffman, E., *Kimonis, E., *Dmitrieva, J., *Monahan, K. (2009). A multi-method assessment of juvenile psychopathy: Comparing the predictive utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO-PRI. Psychological Assessment, 21, 528-542.
*Monahan, K., Steinberg, L., Cauffman, E., & Mulvey, E. (2009). Trajectories of antisocial behavior and psychosocial maturity from adolescence to young adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1654-1668.
Steinberg, L., Albert, D., Cauffman, E., Banich, M., Graham, S., & Woolard, J. (2008). Age differences in sensation seeking and impulsivity as indexed by behavior and self-report: Evidence for a dual systems model. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1764-1778.
Cauffman, E. (2008). Understanding the female offender. Future of Children, 18, 119-142.