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Thomas D. Lyon
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Last Updated: September 1, 2020
Thomas D. Lyon's goal is to identify the most productive means of questioning children about abuse and 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 Evidence and the Child Interviewing Practicum. Lyon directs the USC Child Interviewing Lab, which conducts research and forensic interviews with children who have been victims of maltreatment or who have witnessed violence.
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 100 papers in law reviews, psychology journals and books; has authored or co-authored more than 150 research presentations at psychology and law conferences; and has conducted more than 280 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
- 78. Gongola, J. Quas, J.A., Clark, S.E., & Lyon, T.D. (in press). Adults' difficulties in identifying concealment among children interviewed with the putative confession instruction. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
- 77. Klemfuss, J.Z., McWilliams, K., Henderson, H.M., Olaguez, A.P., & Lyon, T.D. (in press). Order of Encoding Predicts Young Children’s Responses to Sequencing Questions. Cognitive Development.
- 76. Wylie, B., Stolzenberg, S.N., McWiliams, K., Evans, A.D., & Lyon, T.D. (in press). Young children's ability to describe intermediate clothing placement. Child Maltreatment.
- 75. Kumar, M., Kim, S. H., Lord, C., Lyon, T. D., & Narayanan, S. (2020). Leveraging Linguistic Context in Dyadic Interactions to Improve Automatic Speech Recognition for Children. Computer Speech & Language, 101101.
- 74. Fessinger, M.L.S., McWilliams, K., Bakth, F.N., & Lyon, T.D. (in press). Setting the ground rules: Use and practice of ground rules in child forensic interviews. Child Maltreatment.
- 73. Henderson, H.M., Russo, N., & Lyon, T.D. (2020). Forensic interviewers’ difficulty with invitations: Faux invitations and negative recasting. Child Maltreatment, 25, 363-372.
- 72. Bruer, K.C., Zanette, S., Ding, X.P., Lyon, T.D., & Lee, K. (2020). Identifying liars through automatic decoding of children’s facial expressions. Child Development, 91, e995-e1011.
- 71. Evans, A.D. & Lyon, T.D, (in press 2019). The effects of the putative confession and evidence presentation on maltreated and non-maltreated 9- to 12-year-olds’ coached concealment of a minor transgression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
- 70. Williams, S., McWilliams, K., & Lyon, T.D., (in press 2019). Children’s concealment of a minor transgression: The role of age, maltreatment, and executive functioning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
- 69. Dickerson, K., Lyon, T.D., & Quas, J.A., (in press 2019). The role of kinship and siblings in young children’s placement preferences. Journal of Interpersonal Violence
- 68. McWilliams, K., Stolzenberg, S.N., Williams, & S., Lyon, T.D.,(in press 2019). Increasing maltreated and nonmaltreated children’s recall disclosures of a minor transgression: The effects of back-channel utterances, a promise to tell the truth and a post-recall putative confession. Child Abuse & Neglect
- 67. Stolzenberg, S.N., Williams, S., McWilliams, K., Liang, C., & Lyon, T.D., (in press 2019). The utility of direct questions in eliciting subjective content from children disclosing sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect
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. (2017). "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. (i2018). "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
Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed criticizing Rudy Guiliani's handling of President Trump's post-election legal efforts. "Rudy was always an attention hog, taking credit for things he had nothing to do with," she wrote. "This time, as he himself has made clear, he has a great deal to do with everything that is slowing down the orderly transition of power, which is the hallmark of a democracy." The op-ed also appeared in The Joplin Globe.
Jonathan Barnett participated on a panel discussion on “How to Improve Data Methodology and Communication Around Patent Licensing,” Innovation Alliance Webinar.
Dorothy S. Lund
"Corporate Finance for Social Good," Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2021).
Thomas D. Lyon
"Adults' difficulties in identifying concealment among children interviewed with the putative confession instruction,” (with Jennifer Gongola, Jodi A. Quas, and Steven E. Clark) Applied Cognitive Psychology.