1994 PhD - University of Minnesota
1988 BA - Northwestern University
Margaret Bull Kovera received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. For over fifteen years, she has had continuous funding (over $1.7 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 Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. She is a Past-President of APLS and the current 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, 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
Selected publications. Student authors appear in bold text.
Austin, J. L., & Kovera, M. B. (2015). Examining the effectiveness of cross-examination for educating jurors about scientific validity. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21, 252-264. doi: 10.1037/law0000049
Rhead, L. M., Rodriguez, D. N., Korobeynikov, V., Yip, J. H., & Kovera, M. B. (2015). The effects of lineup administrator influence and mortality salience on witness identification accuracy. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 15, 248-274. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2015.1041362
Otis, C. C., Greathouse, S. M., Kennard, J. B., & Kovera, M. B. (2014). Hypothesis-testing in attorney-conducted voir dire. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 392-404. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000092
Kovera, M. B. & Cutler, B. L. (2013). Jury selection. New York: Oxford University Press.
McAuliff, B.D., & Kovera, M.B. (2012). Do jurors get what they expect? Traditional versus alternative forms of children’s testimony. Psychology, Crime and Law, 18, 27-47. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.613391.Greathouse, S. M., Sothmann, F. C., Levett, L. M., & Kovera, M. B. (2011). The potentially biasing effects of voir dire in juvenile waiver cases. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 427-439. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9247-z
Greathouse, S. M., Sothmann, F. C., Levett, L. M., & Kovera, M. B. (2011). The potentially biasing effects of voir dire in juvenile waiver cases. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 427-439. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9247-z
Cutler, B. L., & Kovera, M. B. (2011). Expert psychological testimony. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 53-57. doi: 10.1177/0963721410388802
eyewitness identification, jury decision making, jury selection, scientific evidence