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Thomas D. Lyon
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Thomas D. Lyon’s research interests include child abuse and neglect, child witnesses, and domestic violence. He is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He teaches courses in Evidence, Law and Psychology, and Child Interviewing. 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.
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 90 papers in law reviews, psychology journals and books; has authored or co-authored more than 130 research presentations at psychology and law conferences; and has conducted more than 260 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, Lyon received his PhD. 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
63. Stolzenberg, S.N., McWilliams, K. & Lyon, T.D. (in press). Children’s conversational memory regarding a minor transgression and a subsequent interview
Psychology, Public Policy, & Law.
- 62. Cleveland, K.C., Quas, J.A., & Lyon, T.D. (2018). The effects of implicit encouragement and the putative confession on children’s memory reports. Child Abuse & Neglect, 80, 113-122.
- 61. Williams, S. Ahern, E.C., & Lyon, T.D. (in press). The relation between children’s false statements and response latency, executive functioning, and truth-lie understanding. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.
- 60. Quas, J.A, Stolzenberg, S.N., & Lyon, T.D. (2018). The effects of promising to tell the truth, the putative confession, and recall and recognition questions on maltreated and non-maltreated children’s disclosure of a minor transgression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,166, 266-279.
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.
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
- 19. Lyon, T.D., McWilliams, K., & Williams, S. (in press). Child Witnesses. In (N. Brewer & A.B. Douglass, eds.) Psychology & Law. New York, NY: Guilford.
- 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.
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
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
The International Jurist
November 14, 2018
Re: USC Gould School of Law
USC Gould's Summer Law and English (SLE) program was recognized for its "opportunities for students to engage in collaborative problem-solving exercises, small-group projects and special outings," as well as its function as a "great place to network with legal and business professionals from around the world."
Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.
"Justice for Guinea Pigs," Michigan Legal Theory Workshop, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.
Jody David Armour
"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.