Kathy Pezdek is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the study of eyewitness memory. She frequently serves as an Expert Witness in the area of eyewitness memory and identification and has testified on this topic in Federal, State and Superior Court cases. Her extensive research has focused on a range of topics related to Law and Psychology that apply to both adults and children. These topics include face memory, suggestibility of memory, lineup techniques, and detecting deception. Kathy Pezdek is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society, and has served as Editor of Applied Cognitive Psychology.
Pezdek, K. (2001). A cognitive analysis of the recovered memory/false memory debate. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 4 (2). [Reprinted in J. J. Freyd & A. P. DePrince (Eds.). Trauma and Cognitive Science. Haworth Press: San Diego, CA.]
Pezdek, K., Deffenbacher, K. A., Lam, S., & Hoffman, R. R. (2006). Cognitive psychology: Applications and careers. In S. Donaldson, D. Berger, & K. Pezdek (Eds.), Applied psychology: New frontiers and rewarding careers. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Pezdek, K., & Hinz, T. (2002). The construction of false events in memory. In H. Westcott, G. Davies & R. Bull (Eds.), Children’s testimony: A handbook of psychological research and forensic practice. London: Wiley.
Pezdek, K., & Taylor, J. (2002). Memory for traumatic events. In M. L. Eisen, G. S. Goodman, & J. A. Quas (Eds.), Memory and suggestibility in the forensic interview. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.
National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (2010-2012). "How Accurately Do Eyewitnesses Determine if a Person is Familiar and How Does this Affect Plea Bargaining Decisions by Prosecuation and Defense Attorneys?" $225,310.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (20079-2010). "How Accurately Can Eyewitnesses Determine if a Person is Familiar?" $6,650.
BLAIS Challenge Fund (2009-2010). "Promoting Cross-Campus Research in Applied Cognitive Science." $9,000.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (2008-2009). "MoreMethodological Considerations in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Eyewitness Expert Testimony." $7,975.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (2007-2008). “Methodological Considerations in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Eyewitness Expert Testimony,” $7,975.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (2006-2007). “Forced Confabulation: Does Post Event Guessing during Police Interrogation Suggestively Influence Eyewitness Memory?” $6,000.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (2003 – 2004). “Improving Jurors’ Ability to Evaluate the Reliability of Eyewitness Evidence,” $7,225.
National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences Program (2001 – 2004). “Discriminating Between Children’s Accounts of True and False Events,” $229,807.
National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences Program (2000-2003). “The Suggestive Influence of Viewing an Intervening Lineup on Eyewitness Memory Accuracy,” $180,000.
Fletcher Jones Foundation (2002),"Eyewitness Memory for the Events of September 11," $5,000.
Haynes Foundation (2000). "Discriminating between Children’s Accounts of True and False Events," $10,000.
Haynes Foundation (2000), "Discriminating between Children’s Accounts of True and False Events," $10,000.