Research focus uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how adolescents and their families navigate the justice system. Interdisciplinary work incorporates developmental and community psychology, law, and public policy to answer questions about plea bargaining, legal decision making, court process, and attorney-client-family relationships. Research also explores how developmental science is used in developing evidence-based juvenile justice policy. Previously served as the associate editor of the Juvenile Justice Special Issue of Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Invited speaker at the McNair Scholars Research Conference at Florida International University (Miami, FL). Member of the LGBTQ FSA and the Latino Hispanic Faculty Association (LHFA).