The psychology-law concentration includes a distinguished group of faculty with research interests in criminal confessions, deception detection, eyewitness identification, forensic science, memory, and police interviewing and interrogation. The group comprise of faculty members from cognitive psychology (Dr. Jason Chan, Dr. Chris Meissner, Dr. Andrew Smith) and social psychology (Dr. Max Guyll, Dr. Zlatan Krizan, Dr. Stephanie Madon, Dr. Gary Wells). Applicants interested in working with faculty in the psychology-law concentration should apply to either the Ph.D. program in cognitive psychology or the Ph.D. program in social psychology. The psychology-law concentration is home to the Stavish Fund for Excellence in Psychology and Law that provides scholarships and fellowships to psychology-law graduate students and the Wendy and Mark Stavish Endowed Chair that supports the psychology-law speaker series. The speaker series brings world-renowned scholars to campus several times per year, thereby broadening the experiences of graduate students and faculty in the psychology department. Please visit the psychology admissions page for information about applying to the psychology-law concentration in psychology. For questions, please contact Sarah Kallsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-1742.
Confessions, police interrogation and interviewing, validity of forensic science
Eyewitness and recognition memory, diagnostic accuracy, signal detection theory
- 2021-2022: Stavish Graduate Award to Rachel O’Donnell
- 2021-2022: Stavish Graduate Fellowship to Nydia Ayala and Alex Goldstein
- 2020-2021: Stavish Graduate Awards to Nydia Ayala and Rachel O’Donnell