Dr. Brank received her J.D. (2000) and Ph.D (2001) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Law-Psychology Program. She joined the UNL faculty in 2008 and is part of the law/psychology and social programs. Prior to joining the Nebraska faculty, Dr. Brank was on the faculty in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Florida. Her research primarily focuses on juvenile and family law issues and the law's attempt to criminalize deficits in family accountability. In particular, she studies the public support, implementation, and effectiveness of parental responsibility laws within the context of the juvenile justice system. Dr. Brank also studies elder law issues with a specific focus on the legal requirements of elder care giving. Dr. Brank teaches courses on psychology and law and social psychology.
- Brank, E.M., & Scott, B.L. (2012). The historical, jurisprudential, and empirical wisdom of parental responsibility laws. Social Issues and Policy Review, 6, 26-53.
- Brank, E.M., Greene, E., & Hochevar, K. (2011). Holding parents responsible: Is vicarious responsibility the public’s answer to juvenile crime? Psychology, Public Policy and the Law, 17, 507-529.
- Wylie, L.E., Gibson, C. L., Brank, E.M., Fondacaro, M., Smith, S. W., Brown, V. E., & Miller, S.A. (2010). The context of who tells: Assessing school and student-level predictors of weapons reporting. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 8, 332-350.
- Wylie, L.E., & Brank, E.M. (2009). Assuming elder care responsibility: Am I a caregiver? Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 6, 899-924.
- Brank, E. M. & Lane, J. (2008). Punishing my parents: Juveniles' perspectives on parental responsibility Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19, 333-348.
- Brank, E. M., Lane, J., Turner, S., Fain, T., & Sehgal, A. (2008). An experimental juvenile probation program: Effects on parent and peer relationships. Crime and Delinquency, 54, 193-224.
- Brank, E. M. (2007). Elder Research: Filling an important gap in psychology and law Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25, 701-716.
- Brank, E. M., Woolard, J. L., Brown, V. E., Fondacaro, M., Luescher, J. L., Greig, R., & Miller, S. A. (2007). Will they tell? Weapons reporting by middle school youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 5, 125-146.
- Brank, E. M., Hays, S.A., & Weisz, V. (2006). Global and specific attitudes toward parental responsibility. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 2670-2684.
- Brank, E. M., Kucera, S. C., & Hays, S. A. (2005). Parental responsibility statutes: An organization and policy implications. Journal of Law and Family Studies, 7, 1-55.
- Brank, E. M., & Weisz, V. (2004). Paying for the crimes of their youth: Public support of parental responsibility laws. Journal of Criminal Justice, 32, 465-475.