Eve Brank

Associate 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

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


  • Brank, E.M., & Wylie, L. E. (in press).  Differing perspectives on older adult caregiving. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 


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


  • 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.


  • Brank, E.M., Hoetger, L.A., & Hazen, K. (2012). Bullying.   Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 8, 213-230. 


  • Brank, E.M., Wylie, L.E., & Hamm, J.A. (2012). Potential for self-reporting of older adult maltreatment: An empirical examination. The Elder Law Journal, 19, 351-384.


  • 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.