I am interested in various issues relating to children’s involvement as witnesses in the legal system. My current research projects involve studying how different characteristics of the child witness might influence judgments of their credibility by potential jurors as well as looking at aspects of true and false memory across development. I am also interested in children’s moral development and how it interacts with testimony.
My research interests include factors related to child development in the context of child maltreatment and emotional climate in the home. Specifically, I am interested in emotion regulation development, parent-child attachment, memory and suggestibility, and biological stress regulation processes associated with child maltreatment and early-life stressors.
I am interested in children’s memory for traumatic events, and how psychopathology such as post-traumatic stress disorder or dissociation can affect children’s autobiographical memory accuracy and specificity. I am additionally interested in positive self-concept as a protective factor in normative self- and memory-development processes, especially in these high-risk populations. Finally, I am also interested in best practices for child forensic interviewing following traumatic events, particularly for children and adolescents whose maltreatment experiences have been within the human trafficking industry.
I am interested in various cognitive processes relating to jury psychology, including how emotions affect decision-making, subconscious thought, and stereotyping/prejudice. I investigate both theoretical and applied legal and social psychology, and I strive to improve the justice system by informing policy-makers with my work. My current lines of research study how stereotyping affects decision-making, the effect of emotional and/or disturbing information on executive functioning, and decision-making involving child testimony.