Previous Graduate Students

Tim Robicheaux ('15)

  • Position/Assistantship: Social Chair
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  • Graduated: May 2015
  • Research Interests:  Tim's  research interests concern the relationship between HPA-axis stress responding and eyewitness memory with an emphasis on stress at retrieval, as well as jury decision making in both civil and criminal contexts. He designed a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) entitled "Wrongful Conviction?  The Social Science of Wrongful Convictions." This was the first MOOC offered by the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University and had a combined enrollment of over 40,000 students in the two summers it has been offered. It rocked!
  • Selected Presentations/Publications:
Bornstein, B.H., Robicheaux, T.R., & Elliott, E. (in press). The role of semantic relatedness in producing the revelation effect: A test of the global matching model. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 

Robicheaux, T.R. (2014). The Death Penalty in Pennsylvania. In M.P. Brewster & H.R. Dammer (Eds.), Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice System (pp. 173-195). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 

Neal, T., Christiansen, A., Bornstein, B.H., Robicheaux, T.R., & Christianson, A.K. (2012). The effects of mock jurors’ beliefs about eyewitness performance on trial judgments. Psychology, Crime & Law, 18, 1, 49-64.

Robicheaux, T.R. & Bornstein, B.H. (2010). Punished dead or alive: Empirical perspectives on awarding punitive damages against deceased defendants. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 16, 393-417.

Winter, R.J. & Robicheaux, T.R. (2011). Questions about the jury: What trial consultants should know about jury decision-making. In R.L. Wiener & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), Handbook of Trial Consulting, New York: Springer. 

Bornstein, B.H., Robicheaux, T.R., & Thimsen, S. (2009). Punitive damages: A vehicle for punishment in civil cases. In M.. Oswald, S. Bieneck, & J. Hupfeld-Heinemann (Eds.), Social psychology of punishment of crime. Wiley. 

Joseph Hamm ('14)

  • Position/Assistantship: Graduate Research Assistant (University of Nebraska-Public Policy Center)Joe Hamm Pic
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  • Joined the Research Group: Fall 2008
  • Graduated: May 2014
  • Research Interests: Joe's research centers on conceptualizing, measuring and the outcomes of trust and confidence in institutions, but his work also investigates a number of law-and-society related questions including jury nullification, procedural fairness, regulation of natural resources and regulatory compliance, juror and public perceptions of the courts, and juror use of sensory witness testimony. His dissertation proposes and tests a model of trust and compliance with a natural resources regulatory institution. 
  • Selected Presentations/Publications:

Hamm, J. A., PytlikZillig, L. M., Herian, M. N., Tomkins, A. J., Dietrich, H., & Michaels, S. (in press). Trust and intention to comply with a water allocation decision: The moderating roles of knowledge and consistency. Ecology and Society.

Hamm, J. A., Bornstein, B. H., & Perkins, J. (2013). Nullification: The myth revisited. In D. Fung (Ed.), Psychology of Policy-Making (pp. 49-71). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hamm, J. A., PytlikZillig, L. M., Herian, M. N., Bornstein, B. H., Tomkins, A. J. & Hoffman, L. (2013). Deconstructing confidence in state courts. Journal of Trust Research, 3, 11-31.

Herian, M. N., Hamm J. A.Tomkins A. J., & Pytlik-Zillig L. M. (2012). Public participation, procedural fairness and evaluations of local governance: The moderating role of uncertainty. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory22, 815-840.

Hannah Dietrich ('13)

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  • Position/Assistantship: Research Specialist (UNL Center on Children, Families, and the Law -
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  • Joined the Research Group: Fall 2007
  • Graduated: May 2013
  • Research Interests: Hannah's research interests include qualitative and quantitative research methods, decision making, distributive justice, and psychology and environmental sustainability. She is also interested in program evaluation and undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Selected Presentations/Publications: 

Bornstein, B. H., Gervais, S. J., Dietrich, H. L., Escamilla, J. (2011). "All Else Being Equal: Overcoming the Egalitarian Norm". Presented at the 2011 Program of Excellence Conference on Justice, Conflict, & Wellbeing: Interdisciplinary Work in the Social Sciences & the Law. 

Steblay, N. K., Dietrich, H. L., Ryan, S. L., Raczynski, J. L., & James, K. A. (2010). Sequential lineup laps and eyewitness accuracy. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 262-274. DOI: 10.1007/s10979-010-9236-2

Miller, M. K., Greene, E., Dietrich, H., Chamberlain, J., & Singer, J. (2008). How emotions can affect the trial process. Judicature, 92, 56-64.

Bornstein, B. H. & Dietrich, H. (2008). Fair procedures, yes. But we dare not lose sight of fair outcomes. Court Review, 44, 72-77.

Bornstein, B. H., Greene, E., & Dietrich, H. (2007). Granny (don't) get your gun: Competency issues in gun ownership by the elderly. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25, 405-423.

 Hannah High Five!
Hannah after her defense!!!!