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Thomas D. Lyon
Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology
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Thomas D. Lyon’s research interests include child witnesses, child maltreatment and domestic violence. He teaches courses in Evidence, Law and Psychology, and Child Interviewing. Professor Lyon oversees the USC Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center which focuses on the maltreatment of children and identifies ways of encouraging children to provide truthful information about abuse, with higher accuracy and reduced trauma to the child. The Lab conducts cutting-edge research on child witness testimony and is one of the only labs in the country to conduct research and forensic interviews in this field of study.
Professor Lyon is past-president of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment (Division 37) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He has published more than 60 papers in law reviews, psychology journals and books; has authored or co-authored more than 90 research presentations at psychology and law conferences; and has conducted more than 200 trainings with judges, attorneys, law professors, social workers, psychologists and reporters. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Endowment, and the Haynes Foundation.
A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Professor Lyon received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stanford University. He was an attorney for the Children’s Services Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel and a research associate at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center prior to joining USC Law in 1995.
A. Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals
- 59. Stolzenberg, S. N, McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (in press). "Ask Versus Tell: Potential Confusion When Child Witnesses are Questioned about Conversations." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
- 58. Ahern, E. C., Stolzenberg, S. N., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). "The Effects of Secret Instructions and Yes/No Questions on Maltreated and Nonmaltreated Children’s Reports of a Minor Transgression." Behavioral Sciences & the Law 34, 784-802.
- 57. 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 & Human Behavior.
- 56. Evans, A. D., Stolzenberg, S. N. , & Lyon, T. D. (2017). "Pragmatic Failure and Referential Ambiguity when Attorneys Ask Child Witnesses 'Do You Know/Remember' Questions." Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 23, 191-199.
- 55. Szojka, Z., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). "Challenging the Credibility of Alleged Victims of Child Sexual Abuse in Scottish Courts." Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 23, 200-210.
B. Publications in Law Reviews
10. Lawrence, J. A., Levin, D. B., Brady, K. L., Jhai, M. & Lyon, T. D., (2015). "Ohio v. Clark: Brief of Amicus Curiae American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in Support of Petitioner." Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21, 365–373.
9. Lyon, T. D., & Stolzenberg, S. N. (2014). "Children's Memory for Conversations about Sexual Abuse: Legal and Psychological Implications." Roger Williams University Law Review, 19, 411-450. (Symposium: Child Witnesses in Sexual Abuse Cases).
C. Publications in Books
- 18. Saywitz, K. J., Lyon, T. D., & Goodman, G. S. (in press). "When Interviewing Children: A Review and Update." In J. Conte & B. Klika (Eds.), APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (4th ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
- 17. Lyon, T. D. (2016). "Investigative Interviewing of the Child." In D. N. Duquette, A. H. Haralambie, & V. S. Sankaran (Eds.), Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases (3rd ed., pp. 87-113). Denver, CO: Bradford.
- 16. Lyon, T. D. (2013). "Child Witnesses and Imagination: Lying, Hypothetical Reasoning, and Referential Ambiguity." In M. Taylor (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the Development of Imagination (pp. 126-136). New York, NY: Oxford.
- 15. Lyon, T. D. (2011). "Assessing the Competency of Child Witnesses: Best Practice Informed by Psychology and Law." In M. Lamb, D. La Rooy, L. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 69-85). Sussex, England: Wiley-Blackwell.
- 14. Lyon, T. D. (2010). "Investigative Interviewing of the Child." In D. N. Duquette & A. M. Haralambie (Eds.), Child Welfare Law and Practice (2nd ed., pp. 87-109). Denver, CO: Bradford.
D. Contribution to Amicus Briefs
- 5. Lyon, T. D. (2014). "American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in Support of Petitioner, Ohio v. Clark (merits)."
- 4. Lyon, T. D. (2014). "American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in Support of Petitioner, Ohio v. Clark (petition for cert.)."
1. Lyon, T. D. (2003). "American Psychological Association, National Association of Counsel for Children, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in Support of Respondent. Marion R. Stogner v. California."
E. Practitioner Guides
F. Short Pieces
11. Lyon, T. D. (2012). Twenty-Five Years of Interviewing Research and Practice: Dolls, Diagrams, and the Dynamics of Abuse Disclosure. APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) Advisor, 24 (1-2), 14-19.
10. Lyon, T. D. (2009). Witnesses, Children As Legal. In R. Shweder, T. Bidell, A. Dailey, S. Dixon, P. Miller, & J. Modell (Eds.), The child: An Encyclopedic Companion (pp. 1036-1039). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
G. Book Reviews
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Daria Roithmayr was interviewed about the possible legal implications if President Donald Trump obstructed justice. “The probe has widened from Russian interference with US elections to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump,” Roithmayr explained. “The FBI frequently widens its investigation when it uncovers potential evidence of additional wrongdoing. That’s what has happened here. Mueller’s investigators are interviewing witnesses inside and outside the government in connection with Trump’s actions with regard to Comey and others in connection with the Russian inquiry. Mueller will make a set of findings about whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.”
“The Promise of a Subject-Centered Approach to Understanding Immigration Noncompliance.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 5 (2017): 285.
Abby K. Wood
“Measuring the Information Benefit of Campaign Finance Disclosure,” Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.
2017 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship, Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.