My research interests broadly concern how the law and legal processes impact individuals and families. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. While there, she worked on research investigating prosecutorial misconduct as it relates to death row exonerations. She currently co-directs a research study examining risk and protective factors of families who re-enter the child welfare system. Ms. Irgens hopes her work will assist in better understanding how legal system involvement impacts the mental health of individuals who work within it, and individuals and families who use it to resolve issues.
Megan S. Irgens, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Department at the University of Arizona. Her research interests broadly concern the intersection of psychology and law. More specifically, she studies family cohesion, how families communicate, and the shifting of roles and responsibilities of family members when a family member is involved in the legal system. Megan also serves as the 2019-2020 Chair of Psi Chi’s Network for International Collaborative Exchange.
- Forensic Psychology
- Youth and Violence