Edie L. Greene, PhD

Edie Greene



Professor, Director of MA Program - Psychological Science Track*
Ph.D.: University of Washington, 1983

Area: Social Psychology; Psychology and the Law
Office: Columbine Hall 4021
Phone: (719) 255-4147
Email: egreene@uccs.edu
UCCS Faculty Website


*The DPST is responsible for all aspects of the Psychological Science MA track including recruitment and admissions, curriculum, professional development, and assessment.

Professor Edie Greene (B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Washington) joined the faculty at UCCS in 1986 and currently serves as Director of the Psychological Science MA track and Director of the Graduate Concentration in Psychology and Law. From 1994-1995, she served as Fellow in Law and Psychology at Harvard Law School and in 2010, as Visiting Scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Dr. Greene received the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Award for Research and Creative Works in 1999, the campus-wide Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2001 and the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Faculty in 2009. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society. She is the co-author of three books, including a widely-used textbook in psychology and law, Psychology and The Legal System (Wadsworth, 2014), and Determining Damages: The Psychology of Jury Awards (American Psychological Association, 2003).

Dr. Greene's primary research interests are in psychology and law, specifically in the areas of legal decision making, eyewitness memory, beliefs about the causes and consequences of crime, and psychological issues in elder law. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Bar Association, National Institute of Justice, American Psychology-Law Society, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging. She consults with judges and attorneys and, on occasion, testifies in court as an expert witness on jury decision-making and eyewitness memory.

Research Areas:

Applied cognitive and applied social psychology, psychology and law, legal decision-making, heuristical reasoning, and eyewitness memory.

Representative Publications:

Greene, E., & Evelo, A.J. (2013).  Attitudes regarding life sentences for juvenile offenders.  Law and Human Behavior, 37, 276-289. 

Greene, E., & Bornstein, B. (2013).  Nudging the justice system toward better decisions.  Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103, 1155-1170. 

Evelo, A.J., & Greene, E. (2013).  Judgments about felony murder in hindsight.  Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 277-285.  

Gibson, S., & Greene, E. (2013).  Assessing knowledge of elder financial abuse:  A first step in enhancing prosecutions.  Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 25, 167-182.

Greene, E., & Gibson, S. (2013).  The experiences of older adults in the legal system.  Chapter in M. Miller & B. Bornstein (eds.), Trauma, Stress, and Wellbeing in the Legal System.  New York:  Oxford. 

Woody, W. D., & Greene, E. (2012). Jurors' use of standards of proof in decisions about punitive damages.  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 856-872.

Greene, E., & Evelo, A.J. (2012).  All things eyewitness.  Review of J. Lampinen, J., Neuschatz, & A. Cling, The psychology of eyewitness identification. PsycCritiques, 57, Release 40, Article 7.

Greene, E., Fogler, K., & Gibson, S. (2012). Do people comprehend legal language in wills? Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Greene, E., &Cahill, B. (2012). Effects of neuroimaging evidence on mock juror decision making. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 280-296.

Bornstein, B., & Greene, E. (2011). Consulting on damages. Chapter in R. Wiener & B. Bornstein (eds.), Handbook of Trial Consulting. New York: Springer.

Brank, E., Greene, E., & Hochevar, K. (2011). Holding parents responsible: Is vicarious responsibility the public's answer to juvenile crime? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Greene, E. (2011). Figuring kids' allowance and other conversion problems: Commentary on "Judgment by the Numbers." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 8, 262-269.

Bornstein, B., & Greene, E. (2011). Jury decision making: Implications for and from psychology. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 63-67.