Portrait of Kathy Pezdek

Kathy Pezdek is a professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Department of Psychology. Her extensive research has explored numerous aspects of applied cognitive psychology, primarily topics related to law and psychology that apply to both adults and children. These topics include eyewitness memory, the suggestibility of memory, lineup techniques, and autobiographical memory. Her teaching interests include applied cognitive psychology, law and psychology, memory and cognition, statistics, and research design and methodology.

Pezdek received her MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Pezdek is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Psychonomic Society, and she has served as the North American editor of Applied Cognitive Psychology. She has also served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Psychology (2002–2009); Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition (2011–present); Legal and Criminological Psychology (2005–present); Journal of Trauma & Dissociation (2014–present); Applied Cognitive Psychology (1993–2011); and Child Development (1984–1985, 1987–1991).

Pezdek is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the study of memory, specifically eyewitness memory. She has an impressive record of published research on this topic, regularly publishing with her graduate students. 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.


Co-authored with Kimberley Wade and Maryanne Garry. “Deconstructing rich false memories of committing crime: Commentary on Shaw and Porter (2015).” Psychological Science, 1-6 (2018). doi: 10.1177/0956797617703667

Co-authored with Erica Abed and Elise Fenn. “Photographs elevate truth judgments about less well-known people (but not yourself).” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (2017). doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2017.01.007

Co-authored with M. Rose Barlow and Iris Blandón-Gitlin. “Trauma and memory.” In American Psychological Association Handbook on Trauma Psychology, edited by Steven N. Gold. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2017.

Co-authored with Thao B. Nguyen and John T. Wixted. “Evidence for a confidence-accuracy relationship in memory for same- and cross-race faces.” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2016): 1-17. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1246578

Co-authored with Brittany Merson. “Response inhibition and interference suppression in restrained eating.” Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition 5, issue 3 (2016): 345-351. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2016.07.004

Co-authored with Michael R. Ho. “Post-encoding cognitive processes in the cross-race effect: Categorization and individuation during face recognition.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 23, no. 3 (2016): 771–80. doi: 10.3758/s13423-015-0945-x

Co-authored with Iris Blandón-Gitlin, et al. “Oxytocin eliminates the own-race bias in face recognition memory.” Brain Research 1580 (2014): 180–87. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2013.07.015

Graduate student and alumni names in bold.

Intermediate Stats
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Law & Psychology
Research Practicum: Applied Memory