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In 2005, Mykol Hamilton was named Stodghill Professor of Psychology at Centre, where she has taught since 1988. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and an M.A. in women’s studies from San Jose State University. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology at UCLA.
Hamilton teaches courses such as Law and Human Behavior, Psychology of Women, Social Psychology, and Research Methods.
Her research in the last decade has focused on the social psychology of jury selection and changes of venue in high-pretrial publicity cases. The research stems from legal consulting and expert witness work she began in 2005. She is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) and is the Research Director of the ASTC Foundation.
Hamilton’s collaborative psychology of law research with students has resulted in publications, presentations, and posters. She and her research teams have won first place at ASTC’s national conference for three years running. She was recently quoted in newspapers around the world concerning the difficulty of choosing unbiased jurors in the “Bridgegate” trial of two of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aides.
Hamilton also has an extensive history of research and publications on gender issues. She has published articles and book chapters on sex bias in language and its effects on girls’ and women’s attitudes and aspirations. She co-authored two articles on gender representations in children’s picture books based on work done with David Anderson (Centre professor of economics). She has also studied son vs. daughter preference in the United States and elsewhere.
File last updated: 8/15/16
EXPERT: Legal psychology, including changes of venue in high profile cases; difficulty of recognizing juror bias in voir dire (jury selection); psychology of gender; sex bias in language; female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books; and son/daughter preference
Her scholarly interests focus on legal psychology (e.g., changes of venue in highly publicized cases, juror bias, jury selection/voir dire, jury questionnaires, “prehabilitation”—a term coined in her research lab), and the psychology of women (female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books, sex bias in language, son/daughter preference). Research includes AIDS issues related to people’s attitudes toward homosexuality. She has frequently delivered papers at scholarly conferences, including an invited address on her research on AIDS risk perception. Co-authored with students: “The Ubiquitous Practice of “Prehabilitation” Leads Prospective Jurors to Conceal Their Biases” co-authored with Florida professor Kate Zephyrhawke: “Revealing Juror Bias Without Biasing Your Juror: Experimental Evidence For Best Practice Survey And Voir Dire Questions.” Co-authored with Professor of Economics David Anderson: “Gender Role Stereotyping of Parents in Children’s Picture Books: The Invisible Father”.