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Dr. Kovera’s Research Lab









Dr. Kovera’s Research Lab conducts research and experiments in three primary areas: Eyewitness Identification, Jury Selection, and Expert Evidence. More information about the research in each of these areas can be found by clicking the icons near the bottom of the page.


Director, LAW laboratory

Margaret Bull Kovera, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology


Doctoral Students

City College, CUNY, John Jay College,Nikoleta Despodova
B.A. John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Juror decision-making

Nikoleta is interested in the effects of cross-examination and witness testimony on jurors’ decision making.




Evelo PictureAndrew J. Evelo
B.A., The University of the South: Sewanee; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Research Interests: psychology and law, decision making, social-cognition, heuristics, and quantitative methods.

Andrew conducts research on judicial decision making, mathematical models of eyewitness memory and identification procedures, and social perceptions of juvenile offenders.




Modjadidi picKarima Modjadidi
B.A. Moravian College
Research Interests: eyewitness testimony, lineup procedures, jury decision making

Karima is studying whether jurors are sensitive to the problems associated with single-blind lineup administration and whether expert testimony or videotapes of the lineup administration sensitize them to the administrator influence.




NicholsonPhotoAmanda Nicholson
B.A. Williams College
Research Interests: Juror decision-making, stereotyping and prejudice

Amanda is doing research on the influence of diverse jury composition on the quality of jury deliberations and on the role of racial stereotypes in eyewitness identification errors.




RheadLindsey Rhead
B.A. Beloit College, M.A. John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Research Interests: jury decision making, eyewitness decision making.

Lindsey is conducting research on whether jurors are capable of correctly monitoring, assigning and weighing the correct information against defendants when there are multiple defendants present at trial, the influence of pretrial publicity on juror decision making and factors that can exacerbate or remediate this influence, and eyewitness identification, with a focus on system variables such as double-blind lineup administration.





Former LAW Laboratory Members

Jacqueline Austin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of the Pacific
Research Interests: Juror decision-making, expert testimony, eyewitness identification


Marisa Collett Burke, Ph.D.
Research Associate, University of Miami


Tracey L. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Partner, Carpenter Trial Consulting


Sarah M. Greathouse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University


Kellye S. Hebert, Ph.D.
Trial Consultant, Dispute Dynamics, Los Angeles, CA


Julia Busso Kennard, Ph.D. (APLS Dissertation Award, Third Place)


Lora M. Levett, Ph.D. (APLS Dissertation Award, Third Place)
Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of Florida


Bradley D. McAuliff, J.D., Ph.D. (APLS Dissertation Award, First Place)
Professor of Psychology, California State University at Northridge


Caroline Crocker Otis, Ph.D. (APLS Dissertation Award, Second Place)
Project Director, Applied Marketing Science, Inc.


Jennifer Torkildson Perillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Winston-Salem State University


David Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Asssistant Professor of Psychology, Missouri State University



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