Here in the PULSE Lab our research focuses on improving our Psychological Understanding of Legal System Encounters. We use psychological theory to understand criminal justice and legal issues, particularly those affecting vulnerable and victimized populations. Our goals are to contribute to social science and disseminate relevant results to other researchers and to front-line professionals and lawmakers to improve public policy. Given these goals, we investigate (a) stereotypes and racial disparities in criminal justice contexts, (b) policies that affect juvenile offenders, and (c) myriad issues related to victims of abuse and trauma.
The PULSE Lab is also a great place for graduate students who want to begin their own careers in research, as well as undergraduate students who want to learn about research and prepare for graduate school.