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KRYSTIA REED, JD, PHD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Reed is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Dr. Reed received her law degree from the Nebraska College of Law in 2015 and her doctoral degree in Psychology with a Quantitative Emphasis from University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2017. After graduating, she spent two years as an NSF Post-Doctoral Associate and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University. Dr. Reed is also an inactive member of the California bar.

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GRACE HANZELIN, M.S.

PhD Student

Grace joined the Legal Decision Lab in 2020. She is a Legal Psychology doctoral student at UTEP. Grace graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Criminology. Her research interests include Plea-Bargain Decision-Making, crime control theater policies, and other legal factors that can lead to wrongful convictions.

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MORGAN WAGNER

PhD Student

Morgan joined the Legal Decision Lab in 2021. She is a Legal Psychology doctoral student at UTEP. Morgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is primarily interested in group interactions and how they impact a person’s experience within the legal system.

 

CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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ANDREA SANDOVAL

ELISA TORRES

AZUL PACHECO

ODALYS MEZA

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EVELIN GUTIERREZ HERNANDEZ

 

CURRENT POST-BACCALAUREATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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ADDISON RODRIGUEZ

Cornell, 2021

Addie Rodriguez is a received her B.A. from Cornell University in Government. She joined the Legal Decision Lab in the Fall of 2018 and became interested in how jurors determine civil damage awards and how they are influenced by extralegal factors. Her current project is studying how attorney attractiveness influences juror decision-making. Addie is currently working in the legal field and applying to law school.

PETER MCKENDALL

Cornell, 2020

Peter McKendall graduated from Cornell in 2020 with a BA in City and Regional Planning. He is interested in how attorneys influence juror decisions. He is planning on getting his MA.

RUBI GONZALES

UTEP, 2020

Rubi Gonzales is a Psychology major interested in social psychological issues and how they impact the courtroom and the criminal justice system (e.g., discrimination, jury decision-making, & plea bargain research). After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue her PhD.

See Rubi's Blog Posts

 

FORMER LAB MEMBERS

 
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UTEP

Aaron Balcazar (2019-2021), Andrea Sandoval (2020-present), Belen Renteria (2020-2022), Brenda Torres (2019-2022), Cinthya Magallanes (2020-2021), Dana Smith (2020-2022), Elisa Torres (2021-present), Jenny Upingco (2020-2022), Karen Espinoza (2021), Majorie Rouse (2020-2022), Priscila Rodante (2019-2021), Rubi Gonzales (2019-present), Valerie Cordero (2020-2021), Vanessa Rivero (2019-2021)