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

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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.

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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 Psychology46, 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, 1520-153.

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 Psychologist64, 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.