Jennifer E.
Associate Professor
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10.65.09 NB
PhD, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (2004, Psychology)
MA, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1999, Psychology)
BA (Honors), St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick (1998, Psychology)

Dr. Dysart is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Queen’s University and has been conducting research on eyewitness identification for over 20 years. Her research primarily examines how police identification procedures can influence the mistaken identification of innocent people and how the implementation of safeguards may reduce these errors. Dr. Dysart has published her research in peer-reviewed psychology journals and has written several book chapters on eyewitness identification accuracy. She is also a co-author of the book “Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal, 6th Ed” (LexisNexis) with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, James Doyle and Karen Newirth. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Dysart has spoken about the fallibility of eyewitness identification at over 165 judicial education conferences, public defender programs, police conferences, investigator conferences, and universities, and has also testified before legislative committees concerning eyewitness identification procedures. Dr. Dysart also testifies as an expert witness on eyewitness memory in both state and federal courts.


Scholarly Work

Loftus, E. F., Doyle, J. M., Dysart, J. E., & Newirth, K. (2020). Eyewitness testimony: Civil and criminal (6th Ed.). Charlottesville, VA: LexisNexis.

Sample of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Steblay, N. M., & Dysart, J. E. (2016). Repeated eyewitness identification procedures with the same suspect. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5, 284-289

Wells, G. L., Steblay, N. M., & Dysart, J. E. (2015). Double-blind photo-lineups using actual eyewitnesses: An experimental test of a sequential versus simultaneous lineup procedure. Law and Human Behavior, 39, 1-14.

Strange, D., Dysart, J. E., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). “Oops, I guess I made a mistake”: Why alibi errors are not necessarily evidence of guilt [Special issue]. Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie,222, 82-89.

Dysart, J. E., Lawson, V. Z., & Rainey, A. (2012). Blind lineup administration as a prophylactic against the post-identification feedback effect. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 312-319.

Steblay, N. M., Dysart, J. E., & Wells, G. L. (2011). Seventy-two tests of the sequential superiority effect: A meta-analysis and policy discussion. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 17, 99-139.



Research Summary