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Allison Redlich

Senior Fellow

Allison Redlich is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and is the past President of the American Psychology-Law Society. She was trained as an experimental psychologist but uses multiple methods to conduct her research. To a large degree, her research centers on whether legal decision-making is knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. She examines such decision-making in vulnerable (juveniles and persons with mental health problems) and non-vulnerable defendants, and across several different contexts—in the interrogation room, during the guilty plea process, and in mental health courts. Professor Redlich also studies wrongful convictions, with a particular focus on false confessions and false guilty pleas. In addition to publishing numerous articles on these and related topics, she has co-authored/edited six books, most recently a handbook on developmental psychology and the law. To pursue her research, Professor Redlich has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Brain and Behavior Research Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. She especially enjoys working with and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and is the recipient of two national mentoring awards.