Kelly McWilliams

Kelly McWilliams

Assistant Professor
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2014-2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate- Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

2014: PhD Developmental Psychology- University of California, Davis

2007: BA Psychology- Emory University

Scholarly Work

  1. McWilliams, K., & Goodman, G. S. (in press). Parental bias, attachment, and children’s eyewitness reports. International Journal on Child Maltreatment.
  2. McWilliams, K., Stolzenberg, S. N., Williams, S., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). Increasingmaltreated and nonmaltreated recall of a minor transgression: The effects of back-channel utterances, a promise to tell the truth, and an incremental putative confession. Child Abuse & Neglect.
  3. Williams, S., McWilliams, K. & Lyon, T.D. (in press). A mega-analysis of children’s disclosure of a minor transgression: The role of age, maltreatment, and executive functioning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
  4. Stolzenberg, S. N., Williams, S., McWilliams, K., Liang, C. X., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). Encouraging children to describe their feelings and thoughts when disclosing sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect.
  5. McWilliams, K., Quas, J. A., & Lyon, T. D. (2019). Maltreated children’s ability to make temporal judgments using a recurring landmark event. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 873-883. doi:10.1177/0886260516645812
  6. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Williams, S., Lyon, T. D. (2018). The consistency and accuracy of children’s reports of an adult transgression: Conversational memory and the putative confession. Psychology, Public and Law, 24, 379-392.
  7. Chae, Y., Goodman, M., Goodman, G. S., Troxel, N., McWilliams, K., Thompson, R. A., Shaver, P. R., Widaman, K. F. (2018). The role of attachment in children’s memory and suggestibility about the Strange Situation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 166, 360-379. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.09.001
  8. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). Ask versus tell: Potential confusion when child witnesses are questioned about conversations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23, 447-459.
  9. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). Spatial language, question type, and young children’s ability to describe clothing: Legal and developmental implications. Law and Human Behavior, 41, 398-409. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000237
  10. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). The effects of the hypothetical putative confession and negatively-valenced yes/no questions on maltreated and non-maltreated children’s disclosure of a minor transgression. Child Maltreatment, 22, 167-173. doi: 10.1177/1077559516673734
  11. Lyon, T. D., Stolzenberg, S. N., & McWilliams, K. (2017). Wrongful acquittals of sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 805-825. doi: 10.1177/0886260516657355
  12.  Ahern, E. C., Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (2016). The effects of secret instructions and yes/no questions on maltreated and non-maltreated children’s reports of a minor transgression. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 34, 784-802. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2277.
  13.  McWilliams, K., Harris, L., & Goodman, G. S. (2014). Child maltreatment, trauma-related psychopathology, and eyewitness memory in children and adolescents. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 32, 702-717. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2143
  14. McWilliams, K., Goodman, G. S., Lyons, K., & Newton, J. (2013). The effects of simulated memory impairment and individual differences on memory for child sexual abuse information. Memory & Cognition, 42, 151-63. doi 10.3758/s13421-013-0345-2
  15. McWilliams, K., Narr, R. K., Goodman. G. S., Ruiz, S., & Mendoza, M. (2013). Children’s memory for their mother’s murder: Accuracy, suggestibility, and resistance to suggestion. Memory, 21, 591-598. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.763983
  16.  Fivush, R., Marin, K., McWilliams, K., & Bohanek, J. (2009). Family reminiscing style: Parent, gender, and emotional focus in relation to child well-being. Journal of Cognition and Development, 10, 210-235. doi: 10.1080/15248370903155866


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