Margaret Bull Kovera

Margaret Bull Kovera

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Presidential Scholar and Professor
Phone number: 
212.484.1112
Room number and address: 
10.65.02 NB

Education

Ph.D., Universty of Minnesota (1994, Social Psychology)
B.A., Northwestern University (1988, Psychology)

Bio

Margaret Bull Kovera is a Presidential Scholar and Professor in the Psychology Department. She is an internationally recognized expert on eyewitness identification and legal decision making. For over twenty-five years, she has had continuous funding (over $2.2 million) from the National Science Foundation for her research on eyewitness identification, jury decision-making, and scientific evidence.  Her research on these topics has been published in Law and Human BehaviorJournal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Applied Research on Memory and Cognition, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Her book, The psychology of juries (published by the American Psychological Association), received the American Psychology-Law Society Book Award.

 

She is a Past-President of the American Psychology-Law Society and former Editor-in-Chief of Law and Human Behavior, the premier outlet for scholarship in psychology and law. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS), the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She is the recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Achievement in Psychology and Law (APLS and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology), the Outstanding Teacher and Mentor in Psychology and Law Award (APLS), Distinguished Teaching Award (John Jay College), and the Distinguished Service Award (SPSSI). She regularly serves as a consultant on change of venue motions and as an expert witness in cases involving eyewitness identification.

 

Scholarly Work

Selected publications. *PhD student; †MA student; §Undergraduate Student

Kovera, M. B. (Ed). (2017). The psychology of juries.  American Psychological Association.

       Winner of the American Psychology-Law Society Book Award (2018).

Katzman*, J., & Kovera., M. B. (in press). Evidence strength (insufficiently) affects police officers' decisions to place a suspect in a lineup. Law and Human Behavior.

Bergold*, A. N. & Kovera, M. B. (2021).  Diversity’s impact on the quality of jury deliberation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672211040960

Kovera, M. B., & Evelo*, A. J. (2021). Diversity will benefit eyewitness science. Journal of Research in Applied Memory and Cognition, 10(3), 363–367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2021.04.003

Kovera, M. B., & Evelo*, A. J. (2021). Eyewitness identification in its social context. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 10(3), 313–327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2021.04.003

Perillo*, J. T., Perillo*, A., Despodova*, N. & Kovera, M. B.  (2021). Testing the waters? An investigation of the impact of hot tubbing from referral through testimony. Law and Human Behavior, 45(3), 229–242. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000446

Kovera, M. B., & Evelo*, A. J. (2020). Improving eyewitness identification evidence through double-blind lineup administration. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(6), 563–568. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721420969366

Wells, G. L., Kovera, M. B., Douglass, A. B., Brewer, N., Meissner, C. A., & Wixted, J. (2020).  Policy and procedure recommendations for the collection and preservation of eyewitness identification evidence. Law and Human Behavior, 44(1), 3–36. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000359

Kovera, M. B. (2019). Racial disparities in the criminal justice system: Prevalence, causes, and a search for solutions. Journal of Social Issues, 75, 1139–1164. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/josi.12355

Chorn*, J. A., & Kovera, M. B. (2019). Variations in reliability and validity do not influence judge, attorney, and mock juror decisions about psychological expert evidence. Law and Human Behavior, 43, 542–557. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000345

 

 

Honors and Awards

American Psychology-Law Society Book Award (2018)

Distinguished Lecturer, National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series (2017–2018)

Distinguished Service Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2014)

Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology and Law (American Psychology-Law Society, 2004)

Saleem Shah Early Career Award for Excellence and Achievement in Research in Psychology and Law (2000)

American Psychology-Law Society Dissertation Award, First Place (1994)

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Courts, Procedural Justice & Sentencing
Memory, Eyewitness ID & Interrogation / False Confessions

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

eyewitness identification, jury decision making, jury selection, scientific evidence

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Online Presence
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