Elizabeth Cauffman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has received $3.3 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to evaluate juvenile offense cases and determine which future offenders to channel into the justice system and which to divert from formal processing.
The study will follow 1,200 male offenders between 13 and 16 - with varying degrees of justice system involvement - for 36 months post-arrest. The goal is to develop guidelines for juvenile justice professionals that serve the best interests of the community, taxpayers and delinquent youths. Cauffman's collaborators on the study are Laurence Steinberg of Temple University and Paul Frick of the University of New Orleans.
To learn more about Cauffman's research, view this video. (coming soon)
Justin Richland, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, knew early on that he didn't want a typical career. He found his niche in the Native American legal system. Learn more about his work with the Hopi tribe in Northern Arizona.
Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, may have her reasearch on memory be a storyline in an upcoming episode of "Mind Games" on CBS. The storyline will likely depict the first criminal case Loftus was an expert witness for the defense attorney.
On October 26, 2010, over 200 campus and community members gathered to celebrate the new Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway building. Completed in fall 2009, this 78,000 square foot building houses segments of both the School of Social Ecology and School of Social Sciences.