Psychology Colloquium to Address Legal Decision-Making and Evidence-Based Practices with Youth

Posted on 1/29/2015 3:52:49 PM

Amy Wevodau, postdoctoral resident in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present “The Fairly Odd Couple: Bringing Psychology and Lady Justice Together” on Monday, February 2 , at 3:30 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 111. 

Using recent federal policy initiatives as a backdrop, the presentation first summarizes Wevodau’s line of research investigating the influence of negative affective information and perceiver characteristics on laypersons’ (i.e., jurors) legal decision making. The presentation will also cover early efforts to evaluate the influence of these factors on decisions made by forensic experts.

Then, Wevodau will present her recent research examining the implementation of evidence-based practices with youth. Discussion will focus on the treatment of adolescent substance abuse and the assessment of trauma with court-involved youth. During the talk, she will highlight the various ways her lines of inquiry afford for student involvement and training opportunities.

Department of Psychology