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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.

Lab Members:

Kayla Burd, PhD

Email: kburd@uwyo.edu

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

 

 

Narina Nunez, PhD 

Email: narina@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

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

Legal Decision-Masking Lab

 

Narina Nunez

 

 

Kimberly Schweitzer, PhD

Email: kschweit@uwyo.edu

Research Interests

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

Legal Psychology Lab

Kimberly Schweitzer

 

 

Karlee Provenza, MS

Email: kprovenz@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • Juror decision making
  • Perceptions of police legitimacy and use of force
  • Judicial legitimacy
  • Scale development
  • Science Communication
  • Political psychology
  • Legal decision making of coerced confessions
Karlee Provenza

 

 

Samuel Choi, MS

Email: schoi6@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • The influence of emotions on jury-decision making
  • Impact of body-worn cameras on police and civilian behavior
  • Psychology of teaching and learning in the classroom
Samuel Choi

 

 

Alex Bitter, MS

Email: abitter@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • Jury motivation and midsets
  • Stereotype congruency
  • Jury morality
Alex Bitter

 

 

Nick Michalski

Email: nmichal1@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • Psychology and Law
  • Jury decision making
  • Juror interpretation of various evidence types
  • Emotions
  • Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Nick

 

 

Haley Sturges

Email: hsturges@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • Jury decision making, specifically in relation to:
    • Child victims
    • Vulnerable adults as victims and defendants
    • Sexual abuse or sexual assault crimes
  • The impact of disgust on juror emotions and decision making
  • Influence of judicial behavior and perceptions of judicial legitimacy on juror behavior

 

Haley Sturges

 

 

Cassandra Flick, MS

Email: cflick1@uwyo.edu

Research Interests

  • Civil juror decision making
  • Juror memory for trial information
  • Capital sentencing decisions
  • Weighing of aggravating & mitigating factors
Cassandra Flick

 

 

Olivia Smith, MS

Email: osmith3@uwyo.edu

Research Interests:

  • Jury decision making
  • Impact of stereotypes on juror decisions
  • Gruesome evidence in the courtroom
  • Effect of emotion on trial outcomes
Olivia Smith
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