DR. ERIKA FOUNTAIN is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy from Georgetown University. In her work she uses both quantitative and qualitative methods and takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine how adolescents and their families navigate the justice system. Specifically, she incorporates developmental and community psychology, law, and public policy to answer questions about legal decision making, court process, and attorney-client-family relationships. Additionally, Dr. Fountain’s work explores how developmental science is used in developing evidence-based juvenile justice policy.

graduate students

CHRISTINA DUCAT is a first year PhD student in the Human Services Psychology program on the Community track. Her research focuses on the impact of state violence in the legal system on girls and gender non-conforming youth and the ways which youth resist oppression. She received her bachelor's degrees in Applied Psychology, Global Public Health, and Politics from New York University in 2018. After graduating, she spent several years doing advocacy work and organizing with girls involved with the legal system as well as doing research on the current state of girls' incarceration nationally and collaborating with community organizations to promote youth agency and well-being.

ALLISON LLOYD is a first year Ph.D. student in the Human Services Psychology program on the Community track. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Towson University in 2019. Her current research focuses on parental socialization practices as it pertains to juvenile interactions with the police. Using an intersectional framework, Allison's research also examines how the nuances of race, gender, and socioeconomic status influence how juveniles navigate police surveillance in Baltimore City.

research assistants




Lab Alumni


Margaret is a recent graduate from UMBC earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in sociology. Some of her research interests include wrongful conviction cases, interrogation, prosecutorial power and decision making, plea bargaining, and the rampant inequality in the criminal justice system. In her free time she enjoys hiking, listening to too many podcasts, hanging out with her two dogs, and passionately watching baseball and hockey games.