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.