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Rakel P Larson
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Law699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: July 5, 2018
Rakel Larson is a visiting assistant professor teaching Psychology and Law in the USC Gould School of Law. She received her MS in Child Development from the University of California, Davis and her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Her research examines factors that influence witness participation in the criminal justice process (e.g., perceptions of procedural justice), eyewitness memory, and forensic interview techniques for eliciting reliable and high quality memory reports from both children and adults. The work addresses issues affecting historically underrepresented groups, such as ethnic minorities, individuals with histories of trauma (e.g., child maltreatment), and those from economically disadvantaged environments. The research has implications for theory, public policy, and practice with victims and witnesses of crime.
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Susan Estrich was interviewed about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine debate. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have mumps or chickenpox? Or German measles? These were things to be avoided." she wrote. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have COVID-19?"
Thomas D. Lyon
“Use of global trait cues helps to explain older adults’ decrements in detecting children’s lies” (with Alison O’Connor, Micaela Wiens, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Legal and Criminological Psychology.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Causal indicators for assessing the truthfulness of child speech in forensic interviews” (with Zane Durante, Victor Ardulov, Manoj Kumar, Jennifer Gongola, & Shrikanth Narayanan) (in press), Computer Speech & Language.
Thomas D. Lyon
“The difficulty of teaching adults to recognize referential ambiguity in children's testimony: The influence of explicit instruction and sample questions” (with Breanne Wylie, Jennifer Gongola, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Applied Cognitive Psychology.