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Department of Psychology|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Psychology
University of Wyoming
Dept. 3415
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6303
Fax: (307) 766-2926

Psychology and Law Research Lab

Psychology and Law Faculty:

  • Joshua Clapp, Clinical Psychology, Psychology Department
  • Scott Culhane, Legal Psychology, Criminal Justice Department
  • Scott Freng, Social Psychology, Psychology Department
  • Sean McCrea, Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Psychology Department
  • Narina Nunez, Developmental Psychology, Psychology Department

Current and Recent Research Activities

  • ProjectRaceGIS -This is a video describing some current research being conducted by members of the Psychology and Law lab. To learn more about this research, or to donate to our fundraising effort, please go to
  • Civil jury decision-making
  • The effect of victim impact statements on jury decisions
  • Performance of serial killers on standardized psychological measures
  • Generation of alibis by innocent defendants
  • Discrimination of true and false alibis and evaluation of alibis in legal settings
  • Social cognitive processes in juror decision making

Recent Publications/Conferences

Nunez, N., Laurent, S., 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.

Freng, S., & Kehn, A. (in press, available online). Determining true and false witnessed events: Can an eyewitness-implicit association test distinguish between the seen and unseen? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2012.735885

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.

Hosch, H.M., Culhane, S.E., Jolly, K.W., Chavez, R.M., & Shaw, L. H. (2011). Effects of an alibi witness' relationship to the defendant on mock jurors' judgments. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 127-142.

Culhane, S.E., Hilstad, S.M., Freng, A., Gray, M.J. (2011). Self-reported psychopathology in a convicted serial killer. Journal of investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8, 1-21.

Nunez, N., McCrea, S. & Culhane, S.E. (2011). Jury decision making research: Are researchers focusing on the mouse and not the elephant in the room? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 439-451. DOI: 10.1002/bs1.967

Nunez, N. Gray, J. & Buck, J. (2011). Educative Expert Testimony: A one-two punch can affect jourors' decisions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816. 2011.00782.x

Culhane, S.E., Hosch, H.M. & Kehn, A. (2008). Alibi generation: Data from U.S. Hispanics and U.S. Non-Hispanic Whites. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 6, 177-199.


Papers in progress/under review

Culhane, S. E., & Hosch, H. M. Changing your alibi: Current law enforcement, future law enforcement, and layperson beliefs and behaviors.

Larent, S., Nunez, N. & Gray, J. M.*, When harmful actions are less than intentional: Adapting components of intentionality to understand blame and punishment.

Graduate Students:

Vicki Estrada

Vicki Estrada


Liz Ferguson

Liz Ferguson


Karlee Provenza

Karlee Provenza


Josh Reynolds

Josh Reynolds


Kimberly Schweitzer

Kimberly Schweitzer



Grant activity:

Victim Impact Statements in Capital Trials: Examining the Differential Effects of Anger and Sadness on Juror Sentencing Decisions, National Science Foundation

Enhancing juror and jury reasoning, National Science Foundation
An examination of variations in juror reasoning and pre-deliberation verdicts and its impact on jury processes and decision-making
, National Science Foundation

Ph.D.'s from our lab. They are gone but not forgotten.

  • Monica McCoy (Ph.D. 1997) Developmental Psychology, Dissertation "Jurors' reasoning skills and verdict decisions: The effect of jury deliberations." Currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Converse College.
  • Matt Dammeyer, (Ph.D. 1999) Clinical Psychology, Dissertation- "Self-reported levels of anxiety and depression among law students." Currently the Director of Behavioral Health at Central Peninsula General Hospital, Alaska
  • Walt Peters, (Ph.D. 2000) Developmental Psychology, Dissertation- "Adult perceptions of child witnesses." Currently a Research Associate at Neilson in Australia.
  • Kami London (Ph.D. 2001) Developmental Psychology, Dissertation "Investigative courtroom interviews of children: Examining the efficacy of Truth/Lie Discussions in increasing the veracity of children's reports." Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo.
  • Mindy Dahl (Ph.D. 2005) Developmental Psychology Dissertation- "Adolescent decisions in situations of uncertainty: The impact of risky choice framing and decision making competency." Currently a Senior Research Scientist/Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health
  • Connie Tang (Ph.D. 2005) Developmental Psychology- Dissertation "Young Children's Awareness of When New Learning Occurred." Currently an Associate Professor at Stockton College.
  • Dana Binder (Ph.D. 2006) Social Psychology- Dissertation "The relationship between Need for Cognition, argument strength, and the persuasiveness of courtroom technology." Currently a Trial Consultant at Dispute Dynamics, Inc.
  • Christine Shea Adams (Ph.D. 2007) Social Psychology- Dissertation "The Death Penalty Attitudes Scale: Can capital trial jurors be chosen more fairly?" Currently a Statistical Analyst at The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
  • Jessica Hatz (Ph.D. 2007) Social Psychology - Dissertation "Do deceptive behaviors and lie detection abilities vary as a function of the method use for eliciting lies.''  Currently an Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State, TN.
  • Andre Kehn (Ph.D. 2010) Psychology and Law - Dissertation "The impact of social categorization on own-and other-race face processing." Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota.
  • Jennifer Gray (Ph.D. 2012) Psychology and Law - Dissertation "The role of jurors' prior beliefs on the impact of expert testimony." Currently at the Wyoming State Department of Health.
  • Stephannie Walker (Ph.D. 2013) Psychology and Law - Dissertation "Reinventing the mousetrap: Source misattribution among elderly as a result of imagination inflation and repeated questioning." Currently an Assistant Professor at Mt. Olive University.
  • Christopher Chai (Ph.D. 2014) Psychology and Law - Dissertation "The impact of stereotypical Asian crimes on juror decision-making: Punishing the model minority." Currently a consultant at Public Knowledge.

Every year the Psychology Department has a bowling tournament that we call Bowlorama. Research labs compete for the coveted bowling trophy. We are proud to say we have won the trophy more times than any other lab.


Bowlorama 2012 Psychology and Law Lab Picture
Bowlorama 2012

Bowling winners 2007

bowling winners 2006

2007 Winning Team

2006 Winning Team

bowling winners 2003 bowling team

The Winners!!!!2003 Team

2004 Team

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