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Department of Psychology|College of Arts & Sciences

Narina NunezNarina Nunez


Applied developmental areas include, child maltreatment and psychology and law


Ph.D., Cornell University 1987
M.S., Cornell University 1984
B.S., State University of New York at Cortland 1980 • (307) 766-6718 • Bio Sciences Bldg 131


Academic Positions

Aug. 1987-June 1993-Assistant Professor, UW Department of Psychology
July 1993-Sept 1997- Associate Professor, UW Department of Psychology
Sept 1997-July 2000- Associate Professor, UW Joint appointment- Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Aug 2000-Aug 2007- Professor and Chair of Psychology Department
July 2000-Present- Professor of Psychology


Grant activity

2009-2013 Collaborative Research:  Victim impact statements in capital trials:  Examining the differential influence of anger and sadness on juror sentencing decisions, Ben Wilkowski (Co-PI), National Science Foundation.

               This multi-year grant examines whether victim impact statements at capital trials affect decision making. As part of this grant, we collected hundreds of trial transcripts from capital cases that were tried in 2004. The trial transcripts are a wealth of information about actual trials and these are available to any interested researcher. If you would like to obtain information about the trial transcripts, and links to obtain the transcripts, please e-mail me at: If you would like to know more about the case transcripts, you can find more information here


Research Labs

Psychology and Law Lab


Current Students

Victoria Estrada
Karlee Provenza
Kimberly Schweitzer



Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Adolescent Development
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Political Behavior

Graduate Courses

  • Seminar: Child Maltreatment
  • Social Development
  • Applied Decision Making
  • Adolescent Development
  • Psychology and Law


Former Students

Stephannie Walker, Assistant Professor and Chair, University of Mt. Olive
Jennifer Gray, Assistant Professor, University of Mt. Olive
Maggie Renken, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
Andre Kehn, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota
Connie Tang, Associate Professor, Stockton College
Mindy Dahl, Health Science Policy Advisor, National Institutes of Mental Health
Kamala London, Associate Professor, University of Toledo
Walter Peters, Research Associate, Nielson Corp.
Matt Dammeyer, Director of Behavioral Health at Central Peninsula Hospital
Monica McCoy, Associate Professor and Chair, Converse College
Christopher Chai, Sr. Consultant, Deloitte


Journal Articles

Nunez, N. L., Laurent, S. M., & Gray, J. M. (2014). Is negligence a first cousin to intentionality? Lay conceptions of negligence and its relationship to intentionality. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 55-65. doi: 10.1002/acp.2957

Kehn, A.*, Renken, M. D.*, Gray, J. M.*, & Nunez, N. (2014). Developmental trends in the process of constructing facial composites for own- and other-race faces. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 148, 287-304.

Nunez, N., Gray, J. & Buck, J. (2012) Educative Expert Testimony: A One-Two Punch Can Affect Jurors' Decisions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 535-559.

Nunez, N. L., Kehn, A., & Wright, D. B. (2012). When children are witnesses: The effects of context, age, and gender on adults' perceptions of credibility and honesty. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 460-468. 



* My hobbies include skiing, snowmobiling, camping and helping my husband with our business, TNT Motorsports

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