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Psychology and Law Research Group

Lab members
The Psychology and Law Research Group is a group of people who come to do research on issues in psychology that pertain to law. Members of the lab may come from the Clinical, Social, or Cognitive Developmental graduate program, or may be directly admitted to the Psychology and Law graduate program. We have varied interests and have been known to pick up new research topics based on something we read. Psychology and Law applies to real world phenomenon. So we may study perceptions of police shootings based on an increased public interest in police shootings. Or we may do basic research in memory by using an eyewitness memory paradigm. Our research can be basic or applied. But we all agree, "Psychology and Law" is an amazingly interesting field of psychology.

Accepting graduate students for Fall 2022

Associated Faculty:



Kayla Burd, PhD


Research Interests:

  • Social cognitive processes in legal decision making
    • Eyewitnesses
    • Police officers
    • Jurors
  • Extra legal biases on perceptions, memory, reasoning, and decision making
  • Police investigations and shooting decisions

Social Cognition and Law Lab

Kayla Burd



Scott Freng, PhD


Research Interests:

  • Social cognitive processes in juror decision making
  •  Investigating outcomes related to different forms of prejudice (e.g., sentencing disparities)
Scott Freng



Sean McCrea, PhD


Research Interests:

  • Social cognition
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Group identity
Motivation and Cognition Lab
Sean McCrea



Narina Nunez, PhD 


Research Interests:

  • Jury decision making
  • Effect of emotion on decision making
  • Judicial legitimacy
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Lay understanding of forensic evidence

Legal Decision-Making Lab


Narina Nunez



Kimberly Schweitzer, PhD


Research Interests

  • Jury decision making
  • The role of negative emotions at trial
  • Importance and weighing of evidence
  • Sentencing at capital trials

Criminal Justice and Applied Decision Making Lab

Kimberly Schweitzer
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