TEAM

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 a member of the California bar.

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 legal decision making within the context of the courtroom.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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RUBI GONZALES
(LAB MANAGER)

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.

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ADDIE RODRIGUEZ
(TEAM LEADER)

Cornell, 2022

Addie Rodriguez is a junior at Cornell University studying 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. After her undergraduate studies, Addie plans to take a gap year to work and then attend 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.

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PRISCILA RODANTE

UTEP, 2020

Priscila Rodante is a Psychology major with a Criminal Justice minor. Priscila is interested in the collateral consequences of criminal records. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in Psychology. Priscila wishes to provide guidance for juveniles in the criminal justice system.

VANESSA RIVERO

UTEP, 2020

Vanessa Rivero is a Psychology major with a criminal justice minor. She is interested in what factors influence voting decisions and the effects of solitary confinement. After graduation, she plans to pursue law school or graduate school in Psychology.

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ALEJANDRA ARROYO

UTEP

Alejandra Arroyo is interested in attending law school.

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BRENDA TORRES, BA

UTEP, 2020

Brenda received her B.A. in math with a concentration in statistics and a minor in psychology. Brenda is interested in data analysis and is currently working on her M.A. in statistics.

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AARON BALCAZAR

UTEP, 2021

Aaron Alexander Balcazar is a senior at UTEP studying for a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. He is currently working on the Job Prospects study. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a medical degree.

CINTHYA MAGALLANES

UTEP, 2020

Cynthia Magallanes is a psychology major with a criminal justice minor. Cynthia is interested in how attorneys influence juror decisions in the legal system. She has also helped her grandfather, a defense attorney, with legal cases and now she contributes with the Legal Decision lab. She graduated from El Paso Community College in 2019 with a double associate in Criminal Justice and Psychology with honors. After graduation, she plans on pursuing graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in Legal Psychology. And her goal is to join the FBI and become a special agent.

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MEGHANA GAVIRNENI

Cornell, 2024

Meghana is a sophomore at Cornell University planning on majoring in Economics and Philosophy. She is especially interested in morality and the role it plays in driving human behavior and hopes to apply this interest while broadening our understanding of the judicial system. She plans on eventually going to law school.

 

FORMER LAB MEMBERS

2019 - 2020

Cornell (Jury Team)

Addie Rodriguez (Undergraduate Team Leader), Alison Munford, Aliza Klingenstein, Amelia Probst, Andrew Bell, Angel Li, Beth Straight, Helen Zhou, Jai Malhotra, Jessica Willerson, Lauren Fogel, Lauren Zoneraich, Louise Wang, Madeleine Chou, Nellie Butler, Neri Yun, Nicholas Shepard, Peter McKendall, Sarah Xu

 
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Lab: 607-288-3248

Office: 915-747-8369

Vowell Hall Room 308
University of Texas at El Paso

©2020 by Krystia Reed