Live webinar presented by Jeff Kukucka, Ph.D.
June 3, 2021, 1:00 pm
60 min of CLE credit anticipated
Dr. Jeff Kukucka will present on how social and cognitive biases influence criminal investigations and trials, and how use of psychology can improve the justice system. His presentation will cover recent research on the role that potentially biasing information plays in forensic pathologists’ determination of cause of death. His presentation will help attorneys identify potential sources of bias and offer proposed solutions to reduce the role of bias in the investigation and forensic testing in criminal cases.
This program is part of the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series. The webinars will be presented monthly and are free to attend. Attorneys who want CLE credit for attending will be billed $3.50 per credit hour by the State Bar. Use this link to register for all webinars in the series and attend any that are of interest.
In 2009, Dr. Kukuca graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Loyola College in Maryland. As an undergrad, he became involved in research on conformity and eyewitness memory with Dr. Kerri Goodwin (Towson University) and research on child forensic interviewing and metacognition with Dr. Maggie Bruck (Johns Hopkins University). In 2014, he graduated from the PhD Program in Psychology & Law at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he worked under Dr. Saul Kassin (John Jay College of Criminal Justice).
Dr. Kukucka’s research interests include using psychological science to understand, prevent, and remedy wrongful convictions. His three primary lines of research include: (a) police interrogations and false confessions, including ways to prevent and mitigate the latter, (b) factors that affect the validity and persuasiveness of forensic science evidence, especially cognitive bias, and (c) the post-exoneration adjustment of wrongly convicted individuals, including experiences of stigma and discrimination.