Christopher Kimbrough ('10)

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  • Position/Assistantship: Research Scientist - (Amazon Corporation)
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  • Joined the Research Group: Fall 2010
  • Research Interests: Christopher’s research focuses on legal decision-making, both at the individual juror and larger jury levels; specifically, what sorts of factors go into a jury’s decisions, e.g., comprehension of judicial instructions, persuasiveness of attorney arguments, and small-group dynamics within the deliberation room, in addition to extralegal factors such as religion and social status. For more information about Christopher, please check out his webpage.
  • Selected Publications:

Laub, C. E., Kimbrough, C. D., Bornstein, B. H. (2016). Mock juror perceptions of eyewitnesses versus earwitnesses: Do safeguards help? American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 34, 33-56.

PytlikZillig, L. M., Hamm, J. A., Shockley, E., Herian, M. N., Neal, T. M. S., Kimbrough, C. D., Tomkins, A. J., & Bornstein, B. H. (2016). The dimensionality of trust-relevant constructs in four institutional domains: Results from confirmatory factor analyses. Journal of Trust Research,

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Herian, M. N., Rottman, D. B., Bornstein, B. H., & Tomkins, A. J. (2014). The verdict is in: Judge and administrator perceptions of state court governance. Justice System Journal, 35, 344-361. doi: 10.1080/0098261X.2014.920650

Devenport, J. L., Kimbrough, C. D., & Cutler, B. L. (2009).  Effectiveness of traditional safeguards against erroneous conviction arising from mistaken eyewitness identification. In B. Cutler (Ed.), Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification. (51-68) New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 Kimberly Dellapaolera ('12)

  • Kimberly Dellapaolera PicPosition/Assistantship: Graduate Research Assistant
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  • Joined the Research Lab: Fall 2012
  • Research Interests: Kimberly's research interests focus primarily on eyewitness memory.  Specifically, she is interested in both system and estimator variables that affect eyewitness accuracy and eyewitness testimony (e.g., misinformation effect, post-identification feedback effect) and ways to assist triers of fact with expert testimony and judicial instructions.
  • Selected Presentations/Publications

Reed, K., Dellapaolera, K. S., Thimsen, S., & Bornstein, B. H. (2018). An empirical analysis of law-psychology journals: Who’s publishing and on what? In M. K. Miller & B. H. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in Psychology and Law (vol. 3). New York, NY: Springer Science Business Media.

Dellapaolera, K. S., Bornstein, B. H., & Barnes, B. A. (March, 2018). Trust in the Jury System as a Predictor of Juror/Jury Decisions. Paper presented at the annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Memphis, TN.

Barnes, B. A., Dellapaolera, K. S., Bornstein, B. H., & Douglass, A. B. (March, 2018). Evaluating Eyewitnesses. Paper presented at the annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Memphis, TN.

Key, K. N., Neuschatz, J. S., Bornstein, B. H., Wetmore, S. A., Luecht, K. M., Dellapaolera, K. S., & Quinlivan, D. S. (2018). Beliefs about secondary confession evidence: A survey of laypeople and defense attorneys. Psychology, Crime & Law, 24, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1351968

Dellapaolera, K. S., & Bornstein, B. H. (March, 2016). Retrospective eyewitness judgments: Accurate versus comparative post-identification feedback and double-blind procedures. Paper presented at the annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Pearce, M. W., & Dellapaolera, K. S. (2015). Can statistics alone prove discrimination? Monitor on Psychology, 46, 26.

Alogna, V. K., Attaya, M. K., Aucoin, P., Bahník, Š., Birch, S., Birt, A. R., ... Dellapaolera, K. S., ... Zwaan, R. A. (2014). Registered replication report: Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 556-578.


Melanie Fessinger ('16)

  • Position/Assistantship: Graduate Research Assistant at Center on Children, Families, and the LawMelanie's Pic
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  • Joined the Research Lab: Fall 2016
  • Research Interests: Melanie's research interests focus on legal decision-making, mainly focusing on the way laypeople interact and make decisions within the legal context (as jurors, eyewitnesses, suspects, etc.). Her research also focuses on children's involvement in the legal system and the way that jurors perceive child witnesses.
  • Selected Presentations/Publications

Gonzalez, S., Michel, S., Pasion-Perez, B.A., Fessinger, M.B., McAuliff, B.D., (2016 March). Fact or fiction: adults’ ability to judge children’s memory reports about secrets. Presented at the 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Fessinger, M.B., Damavandi, E., Chavez, J., Flores, R., McAuliff, B.D., (2015 May). Evaluating the accuracy of children’s answers to ground rules questions. Poster presented at the 95th Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Damavandi, E., Fessinger, M.B., McAuliff, B.D., (2015 February). What’s my cat’s name? Accuracy of children’s responses to ground rules questions. Poster presented at the CSUN 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Northridge, CA.