Narina Nunez, Ph.D.

Narina Nunez

Emeritus Professor

I am not accepting new graduate student applications

Applied social/cognitive psychology; Psychology and law

Ph.D., Cornell University 1987
M.S., Cornell University 1984
B.S., State University of New York at Cortland 1980 • (307) 314-2066 • Bio Sciences Bldg 126

I am a member of the Psychology and Law Graduate Program and Psychology and Law Research Group                               

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


Research Labs

Legal Decision Making Lab


Current Students

Olivia Smith
Haley Sturgis
Nicholas Michalski
Samuel Choi


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

Karlee Provenza, Wyoming State Representative
Victoria Estrada-Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Stockton College
Kimberly Schweitzer, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice, University of Wyoming
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


Recent Publications

Schweitzer, K., & Nuñez, N. (in press) The effect of evidence order on jurors' verdicts: Primacy and recency effects with probative and non-probative evidence. Psychology, Crime, and Law.

Nuñez, N. & Schweitzer, K. (2021). Perceptions of campaign donors and their impact on judgments of judicial fairness. Psychology, Crime, and the Law DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2021.1909014

Sturges, H.A., & Nuñez, N. (in press). Autism Spectrum Disorder in adult defendants: The impact of information type of juror decision-making. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Myers, B, Nuñez, N., Wilkowski, B., Kehn, A., & Dunn, K. (2018) The heterogeneity of Victim Impact Statements: A content analysis of capital trial sentencing penalty phase transcripts. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24,  474-488. DOI:

Reynolds, J. J., Estrada-Reynolds, V., & Nuñez, N. (2018). Development and validation of the Attitudes Towards Police Legitimacy Scale. Law and Human Behavior, 42(2), 119-134. DOI:

Schweitzer, K., & Nuñez, N. (2018).  What evidence matters to jurors? The importance of different homicide trial evidence to mock jurors.  Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 25,  437-451. DOI:

Schweitzer, K. & Nuñez, N. (2017). Victim Impact Statements: How victim social class affects juror decision making. Violence and victims, 32, 521- 532. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-15-00187.






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

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Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303


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