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Narina Nunez, Ph.D.

Narina Nunez


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


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

Psychology and Law Lab


Current Students

Haley Sturgis
Nicholas Michalski
Samuel Choi
Karlee Provenza



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

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

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.

Nuñez, N., Myers, B. Wilkowski, B, & Schweitzer, K.* (2017). The impact of angry versus sad victim impact statements on sentencing decisions in a capital trial. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44, 862-886. DOI: 10.1177/0093854816689809

Estrada, V., Schweitzer, K., Nuñez, N.  & Culhane, S. (2016). Male and female parole decisions: Is paying your dues or saying you're sorry more important? Psychiatry, Psychology, and the Law, 23, 893-907. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1164640

Estrada, V., Schweitzer, K., Nuñez, N. (2016).  Emotions in the Courtroom: How sadness, fear, anger, and disgust affect jurors’ decisions.  University of Wyoming Law Review, 16, 343-358.  Retrieved from:




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

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