Kelly McWilliams

Kelly McWilliams

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
212-237-8669
Room number: 
10.63.16

Education

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

Publications

  1. Chae, Y., Goodman, M., Goodman, G. S., Troxel, N., McWilliams, K., Thompson, R. A., Shaver, P.R., Widaman, K. F. (in press). The role of attachment in children’s memory and suggestibility about the Strange Situation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
  2. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). “She told me what happened”: Young children’s misuse of the verbs ask and tell in the laboratory and courtroom. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
  3. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). Spatial language, question type, and young children’s ability to describe clothing: Legal and developmental implications. Law and Human Behavior.
  4. Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). 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.
  5. Lyon, T. D., Stolzenberg, S. N., & McWilliams, K. (in press). Wrongful acquittals of sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  6. McWilliams, K., Quas, J. A., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). Maltreated children’s ability to make temporal judgments using a recurring landmark event. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

 

Research interest

Dr. McWilliams' research examines children's experiences in the legal system. Specifically, her work largely focuses on children’s cognitive and social development with a specialty in children’s report of stressful and traumatic events. She  conducts research in the areas of : 1) Identification of developmental mechanisms that influence the efficacy of current investigative practices, 2) Evaluating the influence of familial pressures on the reliability of children eyewitness reports, and 3) Creating developmentally sensitive interview techniques that maximize the productivity of child witnesses, while minimizing the risk of suggestion and false allegations.

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