Current Graduate Students

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. (In press). Mock juror perceptions of eyewitnesses vs. earwitnesses: Do safeguards help? American Journal of Forensic Psychology.

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. (in press). The verdict is in: Judge and administrator perceptions of state court governance. Justice System Journal.

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.

Krystia Reed ('10)

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  • Position/Assistantship: Instructor, Advanced Social Psychology (Psyc 483)
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  • Joined the Research Group: Fall 2010
  • Research Interests: Krystia's research interests include how psychology can inform legal processes including legal decision making and legal policies. Particularly, Krystia is interested in how juries and judges make decisions in response to different legal procedures (such as joinder) or characteristics of trial participants (such as gender, attractiveness, the relationship between the accused and the victim, etc.) 
  • Selected Presentations/Publications:

Reed, K., Bornstein, B. H., Jeon, A. B., & Wylie, L. E. (in press). Problem signs in law school: Fostering attorney well-being early in professional training. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

American Psychology-Law Society Student Committee (2015). The state of training in law and psychology: Opportunities, needs, and recommendations for students, professionals, and field leaders. Retrieved from

Reed, K. & Bornstein, B. H. (2015). Using mock jury studies to measure community sentiment toward child sexual abusers. In Miller, M. K., Blumenthal, J. A., & Chamberlain, J. (Eds.), Handbook of community sentiment (57 – 68) New York: Spring Science Business Media.

Reed, K. & Bornstein, B. H. (2013). A stressful profession: The experience of attorneys. In Miller, M. K. &  Bornstein, B. (Eds.), Trauma, stress and wellbeing in the legal system (217 - 244) . New York: Oxford University Press. 

Reed, K. & Bornstein, B. H. (2012). Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse Perpetrators. Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, CA.

Reed, K. & Groscup, J. (2011). Eye of the beholder: How attorney attractiveness and gender influence community members v. college students. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting in Miami, FL. 

Reed, K. & Groscup, J. (2010). Hot or not? The effect of attorney attractiveness and gender on juror decision-making. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.


 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

Key, K. N., Neuschatz, J. S., Bornstein, B. H., Wetmore, S. A., Luecht, K. M., Dellapaolera, K. S., & Quinlivan, D. S. (2017). Beliefs about secondary confession evidence: A survey of laypeople and defense attorneys. Psychology, Crime & Law, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1351968

Dellapaolera, K. S., & Bornstein, B. H. (March, 2017). Predictors of Eyewitness Memory Knowledge. Paper presented at the annual American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Seattle, WA.

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.

Luecht, K., Key, K., Dellapaolera, K. S., Bornstein, B. H., Wetmore, S., Neuschatz, J. (March, 2016). Opinions on secondary confession evidence: A survey of lawyers and laypeople. 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., Bornstein, B. H., Bouwmeester, S., Brandimonte, M. A., Brown, C., Buswell, K., Carlson, C., Carlson, M., Chu, S., Cislak, A., Colarusso, M., Colloff, M. F., Dellapaolera, K. S., Delvenne, J.-F., Di Domenico, A., Drummond, A., Echterhoff, G., Edlund, J. E., Eggleston, C. M., Fairfield, B., Franco, G., Gabbert, F., Gamblin, B. W., Garry, M., Gentry, R., Gilbert, E. A., Greenberg, D. L., Halberstadt, J., Hall, L., Hancock, P. J. B., Hirsch, D., Holt, G., Jackson, J. C., Jong, J., Kehn, A., Koch, C., Kopietz, R., Körner, U., Kunar, M. A., Lai, C. K., Langton, S. R. H., Leite, F. P., Mammarella, N., Marsh, J. E., McConnaughy, K. A., McCoy, S., McIntyre, A. H., Meissner, C. A., Michael, R. B., Mitchell, A. A., Mugayar-Baldocchi, M., Musselman, R., Ng, C., Nichols, A. L., Nunez, N. L., Palmer, M. A., Pappagianopoulos, J. E., Petro, M. S., Poirier, C. R., Portch, E., Rainsford, M., Rancourt, A., Romig, C., Rubínová, E., Sanson, M., Satchell, L., Sauer, J. D., Schweitzer, K., Shaheed, J., Skelton, F., Sullivan, G. A., Susa, K. J., Swanner, J. K., Thompson, W. B., Todaro, R., Ulatowska, J., Valentine, T., Verkoeijen, P. P. J. L., Vranka, M., Wade, K. A., Was, C. A., Weatherford, D., Wiseman, K., Zaksaite, T., Zuj, D. V., Zwaan, R. A. (2014). Registered replication report: Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 556-578.


Amy Kleynhans ('13)

  • Amy Kleynhans PicPosition/Assistantship: Teaching Assistant
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  • Joined the Research Lab: Fall 2013
  • Research Interests: Amy's research interests focus on legal decision making, particularly how individual juror decisions can be influenced by issues such as race, religion, emotion and rules of evidence. Amy is interested in how legal policies can influence and be influenced by such factors.
  • Selected Presentations/Publications:

Kleynhans, A., & Bornstein, B. H. (2015, October). The competitive advantage of interdisciplinary training in law and social sciences. American Psychology Law Society Newsletter, 7-10.

Pearce, M. W., & Kleynhans, A. (2015). What’s confidential – and what’s not: Can a therapist who warns a potential victim be liable for breaching client confidentiality?.American  Psychological Society Monitor on Psychology, 46, 26

Kleynhans, A. & Bornstein, B.H. (2015). The white man’s court: The impact of rule 606(b) and racism in the jury room. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology Law Society in San Diego, CA.

Kleynhans, A.e, T.M. (2013). The effects of isolation on false confessions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology Law Society in Portland, OR. 

 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.