Marva Goodson is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses broadly on the risks and needs of women and girls in the criminal justice system. Marva’s dissertation research involves the examination of female probationers’ and parolees’ egocentric support network characteristics as predictors of resource support (i.e. expert advice, problem solving support, personal support) and recidivism.

In addition to her primary research area, Marva is interested in the development and evaluation of community-based programing for juvenile justice populations. She is the co-founder of Youth Advancement Through Athletics (YATA), a strength-based intervention strategy for court-involved high school students. The 15-week program integrates mentorship, community service, career preparation, and athletics in an effort to aid in the reduction of participants’ overall risk for recidivism.

Marva is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She is a Social Network & Health Fellow (Duke University Network Analysis Center; 2018), Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2018), King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellow (2017), and MSU College of Social Sciences Research Scholar Fellow (2015 & 2016). She is also a recipient of the Louis A. Radelet Graduate Diversity Scholarship and MSU College of Graduate Students Disciplinary Leadership Award.

She earned a B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.