Professor Psychology

Lab site: Law and Policy Lab

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 the way the law intervenes (and sometimes interferes) in family and personal decision making.  In particular, she studies the public support, implementation, and effectiveness of parental responsibility laws within the context of the juvenile justice system and the legal requirements of elder care giving. Dr. Brank also studies issues related to decision making in the context of government searches and plea negotiations. 

Selected Publications (Full CV)

  • Brank, E.M. (in press). The Psychology of Family Law. New York University Press.

  • Brank, E.M., & Groscup, J.L. (2018) Psychology and the Fourth Amendment. In Monica Miller and Brian Bornstein, Ed. Advances in Psychology and Law, Volume 3.

  •  Wylie, L.E., *Hazen, K.P., *Hoetger, L.A., *Haby, J.A., & Brank, E.M. (2018, online preprint). Four decades of Law and Human Behavior: A content analysis. Scientometric

  •  *Hamm, J.A., *Wylie, L.E., & Brank, E. M. (2018). Measuring Older Adult Confidence in the Courts and Law Enforcement. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 29 (3), 301-316.

  • Wellman, A. R., *Hazen, K.A. & Brank, E.M. (2017). Parental blame frame: An empirical examination of the media’s portrayal of parents and their delinquent juveniles. The Whittier Law Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, 16(1), 87-130.  

  • *Andersen, J.A., Wylie, L.E., & Brank, E. M. (2017). Public health framing and attribution: Analysis of the First Lady’s remarks and news coverage on childhood obesity. Cogent Social Sciences, 3, 1-13.

  • Brank, E.M., *Kaspar, V., & Fox, K.A. (2017). Songs you know by heart: Alcohol, promiscuous sex, drugs, and escape in Jimmy Buffett’s music.  Popular Music History, 9.3, 270-284.

  • Brank, E.M., & *Wylie, L. E. (2016).  Differing perspectives on older adult caregiving. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 20, 313-336.

  • Piquero, N.L., *Meitl, M. B., Brank, E.M., Woolard, J.L., Lanza-Kaduce, L. & Piquero, A. R. (2016).  Exploring Lawyer Misconduct: An Examination of the Self-Regulation Process. Deviant Behavior, 37, 573-584.  

  • *Wylie, L.E., Brank, E.M., & Bornstein, B.H. (2015). “Now Dear, What Do You Remember?” Patronizing Communication and Older Eyewitnesses’ Memory Performance. Journal of Forensic Psychology, 33, 37-66.

  • *Wylie, L.E., *Bergt, S., *Haby, J.A., Brank, E.M., & Bornstein, B. H. (2015). Age and lineup type differences in the own-race bias.  Psychology, Crime, and Law. 21 (5), 490-506.

  • *Hoetger, L. A., *Hazen, K., & Brank, E.M. (2015). All in the family: A retrospective study comparing sibling bullying and peer bullying. Journal of Family Violence, 30, 103-111.

  • Brank, E. M. & *Wylie, L.E. (2014). Elders and the justice system. In Brian Cutler & Patricia Zapf, Eds. Handbook of Forensic Psychology, Volume 2, 59-77.

  • Brank, E. M., *Hoetger, L.A., *Wylie, L.E., & *Scott, B.L. (2014). Using Mail Surveys to Assess Perceptions of Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecuting Attorneys Regarding Parental Involvement Laws.  In Monica. K. Miller, Jeremy A., Blumenthal, & Jared. Chamberlain, Eds. Handbook of Community Sentiment.

  • *Wylie, L.E., *Patihis, L., *McCuller, L.L., Davis, D., Brank, E.M., Loftus, E. F., & Bornstein, B.H. (2014). Misinformation effects in older versus younger adults: A meta-analysis and review. In Michael P. Toglia, David F. Ross, Joanna Pozzulo, & Emily Pica, Eds. The Elderly Eyewitness in Court.

  • *King, C.M., *Wylie, L. E., Brank, E.M., & Heilbrun, K. (2014). Disputed paraphilia diagn oses and legal decisionmaking: A case law survey of Paraphilia NOS, nonconsent. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 20, 294-308.

  • Brank, E.M., & *Wylie, L.E. (2013). Let’s discuss: Teaching students why we use discussions.  Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13, 23-32.

  • Wiener, R. L. & Brank, E.M., Eds (2013). Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives. Springer Publishing.