Saul Kassin

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Research Interests

  • Police Interviews and Interrogations, Deception Detection, False Confessions, Jury Decision-Making, and Forensic Confirmation Biases

Education

  • Ph.D. in Personality and Social Psychology, University of Connecticut (1978)

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kassin joined the faculty at John Jay after spending most of his career at Williams College. After receiving his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kansas; a U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellow, working at the Federal Judicial Center; and a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Kassin is an author of the textbooks Social Psychology (2021, 11th edition, Cengage Learning) and Essentials of Psychology (2022, Sage Publications). He has also authored a number of scholarly books as well as Duped: Why Innocent People Confess – And Why We Believe Their Confessions (May 15, 2022, Prometheus Books).

Dr. Kassin is interested in the identification and prevention of wrongful convictions. He pioneered the scientific study of false confessions in the 1980’s by developing a taxonomy of three types of false confessions that is universally accepted and research paradigms that are now used to assess why innocent people are targeted for interrogation, why they confess, and the impact of this evidence on judges, juries, and others. He has received numerous awards for this work, including the AP-LS Award for Distinguished Contribution (2014), the APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research in Public Policy (2017), the EAPL Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution (2017), and the APS James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research (2021).

Dr. Kassin is Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41). He has testified as an expert witness in state, federal, and military courts and is senior author of the 2010 AP-LS White Paper titled “Police-Induced Confessions: Risk Factors and Recommendations.” He lectures frequently to judges, lawyers, psychologists, and law enforcement groups. He has also published policy articles in leading newspapers, worked with documentary producers, and served as an analyst for all major news networks.

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice