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.
With a background in law enforcement, I am interested in the application of psychology to various issues within the criminal justice system. I am currently involved in longitudinal research concerning memory, legal involvement, and maltreatment. Other research interests include juvenile delinquency, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and issues surrounding memory and testimony.
My research interests include factors related to well-being and emotional development of children and adolescents in the legal system, such as child victims and witnesses, and children in the foster care system. Specifically, what factors (e.g., emotion regulation development and parent/child attachment) contribute to children’s and adolescents’ well-being and mental health.
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.