Psychology & Law Program

Psychology & Law Program

Director of Psychology & Law Training: Professor Charles B. Stone, Ph.D.
Degree Requirements:
63 credits of coursework
(Graduates are not eligible to become licensed as psychologists)

The Psychology and Law Program emphasizes training in research as well as in applied work, such as policy development. It prepares students to be academics and applied researchers who can provide professional psychological expertise to and within the criminal and civil legal systems. Our program values social justice and continuously strives to advocate for fair and equitable treatment across all members of our society. We recognize that our criminal and legal systems, both historically and currently, oppress and disadvantage people of specific races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, and religious affiliations. Therefore, our program aims to train students in: 1. Basic psychological theory, 2. The application of psychological theories to legal and forensic contexts, and 3. How individuals’ identities, as well as the integration and intersectionality of various identities, influence their experiences within these contexts.

The Psychology and Law Program includes social, cognitive, developmental, policy and decision sciences orientations, as well as the integration of these areas. Scholarly activity by members of the program brings these psychological orientations to bear on issues such as:

Children’s experiences as victims and witnesses 


Deception detection

Evidence-informed integration and transformation of the juvenile and adult criminal legal systems

Eyewitness identification (both false and accurate)

Forensic Interviewing of children and vulnerable witnesses

Forensic science and confirmation biases

Interviewing and interrogation

Jury decision-making in criminal and civil cases 

Juvenile justice 

Memory (including false memory, alibis, and the effects of social interaction and trauma) 


Policing & Public Safety

Racial disparities in eyewitness identifications

Racial disparities in police decision making

Procedural justice

Study of crime scenes and criminal behavior


Social justice is a shared value within the Psychology and Law Training Area. Our faculty and students are advocates for fairness and equity in both our research and actions. We recognize that, due in large part to discrimination, injustice, and systemic oppression, most researchers in the field of Psychology and Law do not reflect the characteristics of those who are most often affected by the system we study. As such, we are committed to changing the demographic profile of the researchers and teachers of Psychology and Law. We strive to diversify the field by training the next generation of diverse researchers, teachers, and leaders in the field. We hope to accomplish this mission by welcoming faculty with wide-ranging perspectives and identities into our program and by both educating and learning from students with various backgrounds.

To learn more about faculty, students and the research conducted in our program, please use the following link:

To view the model curriculum in Psychology & Law, click here.

To view the Psychology & Law Training Program Student Handbook, click here 

To view the Psychology & Law Course Checklist, click here.

For a list of faculty who teach in our Psychology & Law training program, click here.