Research Labs

  • Adolescent Development and the Justice System (ADJust) Lab

    Lab Supervisor: Dr. Cait Cavanagh

    Lab Information: The ADJust lab focuses on two broad, interrelated concerns: (1) the dynamic relation between adolescent development and contact with the juvenile justice system; and (2) ways that law and policy can better support marginalized families whose children come into contact with the justice system. It is our goal to inform policy using developmentally-sound research to improve how the justice system interfaces with children and families, from police to judges to probation officers to child welfare workers.

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  • The Police Research Lab

    Lab Supervisors: Dr. Scott Wolfe & Dr. Jeff Rojek

    Lab Information: The Police Research Lab (PRL) is a working group of doctoral students and faculty in the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Michigan State University (MSU) that conducts research related to policing and police officers. The PRL is directed by Drs. Scott Wolfe and Jeff Rojek from the SCJ. The purpose of the PRL is to provide a mechanism for Drs. Wolfe and Rojek and their doctoral students to work collaboratively on police and policing-related research projects. Lab members routinely engaged in practitioner-researcher partnerships with police departments around the United States and federal law enforcement agencies. These projects result policy-oriented reports for these agencies and peer-reviewed publications. The lab also conducts research on existing datasets to address timely publications and presentations with practical and theoretical significance.

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  • The Teaching, Researching, and Understanding the Social Science of Trust Lab

    Lab Supervisor: Dr. Joe Hamm

    Lab Information: The Teaching, Researching, and Understanding the Social Science of Trust (TRUSST) Lab is an interdisciplinary research incubator for PhD student-led projects that advance the theory and practice of trust. Students from across campus are welcome to attend meetings and help support core lab projects. PhD students who join the lab are then invited to propose new lab projects and to request funding which can be used for research, travel, or professional development. All project and funding proposal decisions are made collectively among the lab. Project and funding proposals are generally accepted when they advance the social science of trust, have clear practical implications, and mesh with the interests and skills of other lab members. To the extent possible, the lab also supports students in identifying and working with practitioner organizations who have a practical interest in our research. Our lab meets every other Friday from 10:30 to noon. Our typical meeting structure starts with a broad discussion of trust research, lab project updates, and concludes with general discussion.

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