Recent News & Events


  • Research assistant Carlie Cegielski was accepted into UAlbany's Master's Program in Criminal Justice!
  • Melissa Noel successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Sins of Our Fathers: Assessing Parental Incarceration as a "Turning Point" in the Lives of Young Adults. Congratulations Dr. Noel!
  • Professor Najdowski, and doctoral candidates Kimberly Bernstein and Katherine Wahrer published a paper in press entitled "Do racial stereotypes contribute to medical misdiagnosis of child abuse? Investigating tunnel vision in the emergency room."
  • Professor Najdowski and doctoral candidate Melissa Noel published a paper in press entitled "Caregivers' expectations, reflected appraisals, and arrests among adolescents who experienced parental incarceration."
  • Professor Najdowski and colleagues presented their paper entitled Does Perceived net cost reduce sexual offending in adolescents who are aware of registration laws? at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, in New Orleans, LA in March of 2020. 
  • Doctoral candidate Kimberly Bernstein received the 2020 Frank Remington Award for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies 
  • Research assistant Victoria Giorgio received the 2020 Donald J. Newman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the School of Criminal Justice. 
  • Our graduating seniors are moving on to graduate school! This fall, Victoria Giorgio will be attending St. John's University Law School, Kayla Aschmutat will be entering John Jay's Master's program for Forensic Psychology, and Michelle Marcello will be entering UAlbany's Master's Program in Forensic Accounting. Congratulations! 
  • Professor Najdowski and doctoral candidate Jennifer Weintraub published an article in the Journal of Experimental Criminology entitled "An exploratory study of the effects on empathy and trial outcomes for juvenile defendants." DOI: 10.1007/s11292-019-09396-9

  • Doctoral candidates Jennifer Weintraub and Kimberly Bernstein have successfully defended their dissertation prospectuses! 

  • Professor Najdowski has moved to the Department of Psychology as an Associate Professor!

  • Graduate student Katherine Wahrer received the Fall 2019 Benevolent Association Research and Creative Activity Grant for her project entitled Effects of Dehumanization and Disgust Language on Immigration Attitudes: A Sentiment Analysis of Twitter.

  • Professor Najdowski was quoted in the New York Times article "A sheriff’s captain told a deputy to play the role of ‘white supremacist.’

  • Professor Najdowski and colleagues presented their paper entitled "The impacts of implicit bias training on police officers' beliefs and attitudes" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, CA in November of 2019.

  • Professor Najdowski, graduate student Katherine Wahrer, and colleagues presented their paper entitled "Effects of dehumanization and disgust language on immigration attitudes: A sentiment analysis of Twitter" at the  annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, CA in November of 2019. 

  • Professor Najdowski and colleague Professor Hayley Cleary recently published their article "Awareness of Sex Offender Registration Policies and Self-Reported Sexual Offending in a Community Sample of Adolescents," in the journal, Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

  • Proessor Najdowski published a column in entitled" Action teaching in a “Children, Psychology, and Law” course" in newsletters for APA's Division 37 and the American Psychology-Law Society.