Kayla Burd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Applied Social Cognition and Law

Psychology and Law - Cognition/Cognitive Development


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018

M.A., Cornell University, 2016

M.S., Arizona State University, 2013

B.A., Hofstra University, 2010

kburd@uwyo.edu; 307-766-2943; Biological Science Building 133

Research Interests

  •  Social cognitive processes in legal decision making within:

    • Eyewitnesses

    • Police Officers

    • Jurors

  • Impact of extra-legal biases on perception, memory, reasoning, and decision-making

 Social Cognition and Law Lab

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 2020-Present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University, 2018-2020 


Advanced Cognitive Development
Cognitive Psychology
General Psychology
Judgment and Decision-making

Current Graduate Students:

Amanda Anzovino, M.S.
Olivia Grella, M.A.
Jaylan Aliev, H.B.S.

Representative Publications

Koch, M. K., Burd, K. A., & Mendel, J. (in press). Same crime, same time? Effects of maturation level, race, and gender in ambiguous legal scenarios. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Guyll, M., Madon, S., Yang, Y., Burd, K. A., & Wells, G. L. (2023). Validity of forensic cartridge-case comparisons. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120(20), e2210428120.

^Choi, S., Burd, K. A., & *Choi, A. (2022). Looking hateworthy: An investigation of the relationship between Chinese phenotypicality and COVID-19-related prejudice and discrimination. Race and Justice. 

Ratner, K., Burrow, A. L., Burd, K. A., & Hill, P. L. (2021). On the conflation of purpose and meaning in life: A qualitative study of high school and college student conceptions. Applied Developmental Science, 25(4), 364-384. 

Burd, K. A., & McQuiston, D. E. (2019). Facility dogs in the courtroom: Comfort without prejudice? Criminal Justice Review, 44, 515-536. 

Burd, K. A., & Hans, V. P. (2018). Reasoned verdicts: Oversold? Cornell International Law Journal, 51, 319-360.

Burd, K. A., & Burrow, A. L. (2017). Conceptualizing similarities and differences between purpose in life and self-affirmation. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11, e12366.

Helm, R. K., Ceci, S. J., & Burd, K. A. (2016). Can implicit associations distinguish true and false eyewitness memory? Developing and testing the IATe. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 34, 803-819.

Helm, R. K., Ceci, S. J., & Burd, K. A. (2016). Unpacking insanity defence standards: An experimental study of rationality and control tests in criminal law. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 8, 63-68.

Hritz, A. C., Royer, C. E., Helm, R. K., Burd, K. A., Ojeda, K., & Ceci, S. J. (2015). Children’s suggestibility research: Things to know before interviewing a child. Anuario de Psicología Jurídica, 25, 3-12.


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Department of Psychology

1000 E University Ave

Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303

Email: psyc.uw@uwyo.edu

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