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Doctoral Student, Natalie Gordon, was selected for the 2021 virtual CUNY Graduate Center’s Dissertation Showcase

Natalie Gordon, a student in the Psychology and Law PhD program, was selected for the 2021 virtual CUNY Graduate Center’s Dissertation Showcase, which will highlight the innovative scholarship being done by Graduate Center students. In this online event, held on May 19th at 7:30 pm ET, ten highly-selected doctoral candidates will make short presentations, describing their dissertation in three minutes. 
Natalie’s dissertation focused on the ability of jurors to accurately report when their decision making has been affected by pretrial publicity about a case. Pretrial publicity often prejudices jurors against defendants, making them more conviction-prone than jurors who only hear the trial evidence. Jurors typically report they can be impartial when asked whether they can set aside any biases they developed regardless of their exposure to pretrial publicity, suggesting jurors cannot accurately report their ability to be impartial. In Natalie’s study, jurors were largely incapable of accurately reporting on their ability to be impartial, even when participating in a novel procedure designed to enhance their accuracy. These findings suggest that the courts should explore alternative solutions to combatting juror bias from pretrial publicity exposure.
Natalie defended her dissertation on April 6, 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Bull Kovera and will take the expertise she has gained from her doctoral studies in Psychology and Law to her new career as a jury consultant at DOAR, a litigation consulting firm in New York City.

Submitted on: MAY 10, 2021

Category: Psychology