Social and Behavioral Sciences
Amanda N. Bergold
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Bergold is a psychologist with a dual specialization in Psychology and Law and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. After completing her Ph.D. at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, she completed a fellowship at the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Dr. Bergold’s inter-disciplinary line of research explores how decision-making influences the accuracy of legal and criminal justice outcomes. Dr. Bergold draws upon many different areas of decision-making and memory research to explore research questions relevant to law enforcement (line-up procedures), and the courts (how triers of fact respond to eyewitness testimony and the impact of racial diversity on jury deliberations). Her main research projects focus on improving the accuracy of eyewitness identifications and the impact of diversity on the quality of jury deliberations.
Ph.D., Psychology, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, 2017
BA, Psychology and History, Williams College, 2009
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Eyewitness identifications and lineup fairness, jury decision-making, race, and legal decision-making.
Bergold, A.N. & Heaton, P. (2018). Does filler database size influence identification accuracy? Law and Human Behavior, 42(3), 227-243. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000289
Jones, A.M., Bergold, A.N., Dillon, M.K., & Penrod, S. (2017). Comparing the effectiveness of Henderson instructions and expert testimony: Which safeguard improves jurors' evaluations of eyewitness evidence? Journal of Experimental Criminology, 13, 29-52. doi: 10.1007/s11292-016- 9279-6.
Dillon, M. K., Jones, A. M., Bergold, A. N., Hui, C. Y., & Penrod, S. D. (2017). Henderson instructions: Do they enhance evidence evaluation? Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, 17(1), 1-24. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2017.1235964
Leippe, M. R., Bergold, A. N., & Eisenstadt, D. (2017). Prejudice and terror management
at trial: Effects of defendant race/ethnicity and mortality salience on mock-jurors’ verdict judgments. The Journal of Social Psychology, 157(3), 279-294. doi:10.1080/00224545.2016.1184128
Bergold, A.N. & Kovera, M.B. (2018, June). The impact of diversity on the quality of jury deliberations. Invited paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Toronto, Canada.
Bergold, A.N. & Heaton, P. (2018, March). Does filler database size influence identification accuracy? Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, Tennessee.
Bergold, A.N., Jones, A.M., & Penrod, S. (2017, November). How judicial instructions help jurors understand specific eyewitness factors. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bergold, A.N. & Kovera, M.B. (2017, March). Wealth/Power diversity and its impact on the quality of deliberations. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, Washington.
Bergold, A.N. & Kovera, M.B. (2016, March). Diversity’s impact on the quality of deliberations. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, Georgia.