Elizabeth Cauffman

Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, Education and Law
Ph.D. Temple University
(949) 824-4075
4308 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway



adolescent development, mental health, juvenile justice, legal and social policy

Curriculum Vitae: 

My research focuses on the development, assessment, and treatment of antisocial behavior and other types of externalizing problems in adolescence. I am particularly interested in applying research on normative and atypical development to issues with legal and social policy implications, and my current work examines adolescent development in the context of juvenile justice policy and practice. My recent work has examined developmental trajectories among delinquent populations, factors associated with female offending, and maturity of judgment as it develops during the course of adolescence (in both delinquent and non-delinquent populations). I have been especially interested in the relation between maturity of judgment and legal standards regarding autonomy, competence, accountability, and amenability to treatment.

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*Asterisks denote publications with current or former graduate students or postdoctoral scholars.

  • *Malloy, L., *Shulman, E., & Cauffman, E.  (in press).  Interrogations, confessions, and guilty pleas among serious adolescent offenders.  Law & Human Behavior.

  • *Shulman, E. & Cauffman, E.  (in press).  Is juvenile crime a manifestation of adolescent risk-taking?  Law & Human Behavior.

  • *Bechtold, J. & Cauffman, E.  (in press).  Tried as an adult, housed as a juvenile: A tale of youth from two courts incarcerated together.  Law & Human Behavior

  • *Shulman, E. & Cauffman, E.  (in press).  Deciding in the dark:  Age differences in intuitive risk judgment.  Developmental Psychology

  • *Boessen, A. & Cauffman, E. (in press). Moving out of the city and into the prison. Research in Crime & Delinquency.
  • *Monahan, K., *Dmitrieva, J. & Cauffman, E. (in press). Bad romance: Gender differences in the longitudinal association between romantic relationships and deviant behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Cauffman, E. & Steinberg, L.  (2012).  Emerging findings from adolescent development and juvenile justice.  Victims & Offenders, 7, 428-449.

  • *Goldweber, A. & Cauffman, E. (2012). Relational aggression and the DSM-V: What can clinicians tell us? Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 12, 35-47.  
  • Cauffman, E.  (2012).  Aligning justice system processing with developmental science.  Criminology & Public Policy, 11, 751-758. 
  • *Shulman, E. & Cauffman, E.  (2011).  Coping with incarceration:  How do juvenile offenders adjust?  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 818-826
  • *Kimonis, E., Skeem, J., & Cauffman, E. (2011). Are secondary variants of juvenile psychopathy less stable and more reactively violent and less psychosocially mature than primary variants. Law & Human Behavior, 35, 381-391.
  • 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.

  • *Monahan, K., Steinberg, L. & Cauffman, E. (2009). Affiliation with antisocial peers, susceptibility to peer influence, and desistance from antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthoodDevelopmental Psychology, 45, 1520-1530.

  • Steinberg, L., Cauffman, E., Woolard, J., Graham, S. & Banich, M. (2009). Are adolescents less mature than adults? Minors’ access to abortion, the juvenile death penalty, and the alleged APA “flip-flop”. American Psychologist, 64, 583-594.

  • 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.

  • Cauffman, E. (2008). Understanding the female offender. Future of Children, 18, 119-142.