Jennifer E. Dysart

Jennifer E. Dysart

Jennifer E. Dysart
Associate Professor
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2004 PhD Social Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
1999 MA Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
1998 BAH St. Thomas University


Dr. Jennifer Dysart is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Queen’s University and has been conducting research on eyewitness identification for 15 years. Her research examines how police identification procedures can influence the mistaken identification of innocent people and how the implementation of safeguards may reduce these errors. Dr. Dysart has published her research in peer-reviewed psychology journals and has written several book chapters on eyewitness identification accuracy. She is also a co-author of the book “Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal, 4th Ed” (LexisNexis) with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and James Doyle. Over the past eight years, Dr. Dysart has spoken about the fallibility of eyewitness identification at over 70 judicial education conferences, public defender programs, police conferences, investigator conferences, and universities, and has more recently testified before legislative committees concerning eyewitness identification procedures. Dr. Dysart also testifies as an expert witness on eyewitness memory in both state and federal courts.


Scholarly Work


Loftus, E. F., Doyle, J. M., & Dysart, J. E. (2013). Eyewitness testimony: Civil and criminal (5th Ed.). Charlottesville, VA: LexisNexis.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Wells, G. L., Steblay, N. M., & Dysart, J. E. (in press). Double-blind photo-lineups using actual eyewitnesses: An experimental test of a sequential versus simultaneous lineup procedure. Law and Human Behavior.

Lawson, V. Z., & Dysart, J. E. (2014). The showup identification procedure: An exploration of systematic biases. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19, 54-68.

Strange, D., Dysart, J. E., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). “Oops, I guess I made a mistake”: Why alibi errors are not necessarily evidence of guilt [Special issue]. Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie,222, 82-89.

Dysart, J. E., & Strange, D. (2012). Beliefs about alibis and alibi investigations: A survey of law enforcement [Special issue]. Psychology, Crime and Law, 18, 11-25.

Dysart, J. E., Lawson, V. Z., & Rainey, A. (2012). Blind lineup administration as a prophylactic against the post-identification feedback effect. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 312-319.

Wells, G. L., Steblay, N. M., & Dysart, J. E. (2012). Eyewitness identification reforms: Are suggestiveness-induced hits and guesses true hits? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 264-271.

Steblay, N. M., Dysart, J. E., & Wells, G. L. (2011). Seventy-two tests of the sequential superiority effect: A meta-analysis and policy discussion. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 17, 99-139.



Research Summary

Awards and Scholarships 

2005 Connecticut State University Research Grant ($4400)
2005 Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, Southern Connecticut State University (9 credits teaching release time for Fall 2005) 
2003 – 2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($40, 000 and $35, 000 annually; declined)
2002 American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) Graduate research scholarship ($1500)   
2002 American Psychology-Law Society Grants-in-Aid award ($650)
2001 – 2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Award ($17, 900 annually) 
2000 – 2001 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15, 000)
1999 – 2000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PGS-B    scholarship ($18, 900) 
1998 – 1999 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PGS-A   scholarship ($17, 300)
1994 – 1998 George W. Martin Scholarship, St. Thomas University ($25, 000)



Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Eyewitness Identification

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