Meet Our Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Pajarita Charles

Principal Investigator

Pajarita Charles is an Assistant Professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Law, Society, and Justice, and the Justice Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on the development, implementation, and testing of family-focused preventive interventions to promote positive outcomes for children and families affected by the criminal justice system. Dr. Charles’ efforts foster research, practice, and public sector partnerships to build capacity for reform and the reduction of the footprint of the criminal justice system. She is a co-leader of the national Promote Smart Decarceration grand challenge network for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and frequently collaborates with local and state organizations to provide expertise and guidance on issues pertinent to families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Evelyn Coker

Doctoral Student

Evelyn is a Clinical Social Worker from Chicago, Illinois with a background in community mental health, juvenile justice, and nonprofits. Her broad interests include the impact of trauma in shaping the lives of youth, families, and communities. In her studies, Evelyn plans to focus on assessing how to improve the social-emotional skills of adolescents and emerging adults to reduce criminogenic risk factors, gang activity, and participation in violence. She is also the author of 'Get L.I.T.: A Teen Girl's Journal to Learning Intentional Tools for Positive Personal Development' and her company Morning Joy, LLC provides Get LIT Groups to female students in 5th-8th grades in the Chicagoland area.

Jasmyne Short

Undergraduate Student

Jasmyne is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Jasmyne joined the Lab for for Family Wellbeing & Justice in January 2021. She is originally from Racine, Wisconsin which is about an hour and 30 minutes away from Madison. Jasmyne is a McNair scholar and is currently working at Safe Walk on campus as well as a Community-Based Learning intern for the Morgridge Center. 

Alli Burgdorf

Undergraduate Student

Alli is a fourth year student pursuing a degree in Political Science and Sociology with certificates in Public Policy, Environmental Studies, and Criminal Justice. She joined the lab in the Fall of 2021. Alli’s interest areas within Criminal Justice reform include alternative sentencing, substance abuse policies, and mental health. In her free time, she can be found enjoying nature, exploring Madison, or hanging out with her roommates...

Genevieve Grade

Undergraduate Student

Genevieve is a junior studying sociology, public policy, and education services. She joined the lab in the summer of 2021 through the public policy certificate program. Her interests include criminal justice reform, family relationships, and community building. Genevieve cannot wait to apply the incredible amount she has learned in the lab to future sociological research and fieldwork! When outside the lab, she enjoys throwing pottery, baking, and cuddling her housemates' cats.

Adrianna Galindo

Undergraduate Student

Adrianna Galindo is a junior studying Psychology with certificates in Criminal Justice and Chicanx and Latinx studies. She started with the Lab for Family and Wellbeing and Justice in May 2021 through the criminal justice certificate program. She hopes this new experience will solidify a career plan for her as she is excited to be involved with the social aspect of criminal justice. Outside of the lab, Adrianna loves hiking, shopping, watching movies, listening to music and being with family and friends.

Former Lab Members

- Allison Hoekstra, MSW
- Anna Kay, MSW
- Bailey Kusilek, BS
- Besa Asani, BSW
- Claire Tseng, MSW
- Haeun Lee, BS
- Hayden Buske, BS
- Kristen Wimmer, BS
- Layne Wetherbee, BSW
- Lydia Goblirsch, BS
- Siri Schroeder, BS
- Taylor Clark, BS
- Mark Moralez, MPA
- Summer Mitchell, BA
-Amber Lahti, BS
-Luke Muetner, PhD