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Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso

Krystia Reed is an Assistant Professor and head of the Legal Decision Lab at UTEP. Dr. Reed is interested in applying social-cognitive psychology to understand how people make legal decisions. Ultimately, Dr. Reed hopes to use psychological theory to improve the justice system.

Dr. Reed is originally from Northern California. She went to undergrad in Southern California before moving to Nebraska for graduate school. After she completed her PhD, she moved to upstate New York for a NSF-funded post-doc at Cornell. She then moved to El Paso, Texas to join the Legal Psychology faculty at UTEP. 

In her free time, Dr. Reed enjoys traveling. She has been to all 50 states and over 20 countries. Her goal is to go to all National Parks, state capitols, and baseball stadiums. She has a season pass to Disneyland and hopes to go to all of the Disney theme parks around the world.  She also loves to spend time with her German Shepard, Tonks (the lab mascot).

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Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology

Social Psychology

Advanced Social Psychology

Learning & Memory

Advanced Psychology & Law

Law Governing Lawyers


Research Areas:

Jury Decision Making

Plea Bargaining

Policy Decisions


Dr. Reed: Features
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