Dr. Greene has been part of the UCCS Psychology Department since 1986. She conducts research on how people remember legally-relevant information and make decisions about laws and legal policies. She has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students in their research on these topics and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in social psychology and psychology and law. She currently serves as Director of the Psychology Honors Program (undergraduate) and the Psychological Sciences MA program.
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PhD Psychology and Law, University of Washington, 1983
MA Human Experimental Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1977
BA Psychology, Stanford University, 1975
Areas of Interest
Legal decision-making, beliefs about causes and consequences of crime, eyewitness memory, psychological issues in elder law
Professor Greene teaches the undergraduate honors seminars as well as courses in social psychology and psychology and law at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
PSY 3000 - Honors Seminar I
PSY 3400 - Social Psychology
PSY 3940 - Psychology and Law
PSY 4000 - Honors Seminar II
PSY 4130 - Psychology of Social Issues: Advanced Seminar in Psychology and Law
PSY 6150 - Graduate Seminar in Psychology and Law
PSY 6430 - Contemporary Issues in Psychological Sciences
Professor Greene has co-authored four editions of a leading textbook in psychology and law, Psychology and the Legal System, published by Thomson/Wadsworth. She is also co-author of Determining Damages: The Psychology of Jury Awards, published by the American Psychological Association, and The Jury Under Fire: Myth, Controversy, and Reform, published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Greene makes presentations on psychological aspects of the legal system to judges and attorneys, consults with attorneys on issues related to eyewitness memory and jury decision making, and has served as expert witness in state, federal, and military courts.
She has been a Fellow in Law and Psychology at Harvard Law School, faculty member of the National Judicial College, and Visiting Scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).
Greene, E., Duke, L., & Woody, W.D. (2017). Stereotypes influence beliefs about transfer and sentencing of juvenile offenders. Psychology, Crime, and Law.
Greene, E., Sturm, K.A., & Evelo, A.J. (2016). Affective forecasting about hedonic loss and adaptation: Implications for damage awards. Law and Human Behavior, 40, 244-256.
Greene, E., & Heilbrun, K. (2016). Undergraduate education in psychology and law. In C. W. Esqueda & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), The witness stand and Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Jr. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Greene, E., & Evelo, A.J. (2015). Cops and robbers (and eyewitnesses): A comparison of lineup administration by robbery detectives in the U.S. and Canada. Psychology, Crime and Law, 21, 297-313.
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.
Greene, E., & Evelo, A.J. (2013). Attitudes regarding life sentences for juvenile offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 276-289.
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.
Professor Greene's research focuses on how jurors, juries, judges, witnesses, attorneys, and lawmakers think, remember, and make decisions, and whether they do so in ways that are accurate and legally appropriate. She is also interested in what the public believes about the law and how their beliefs affect decisions. She and her students use concepts in social and cognitive psychology and in criminal and tort law to explore these topics. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Bar Association, National Institute of Justice, and the American Psychology-Law Society.
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Research Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 1999
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9), Fellow status, 2000
Outstanding Research Award for the UCCS Campus, 2001
American Psychology-Law Society, Fellow status, 2001
Association for Psychological Science, Fellow status, 2006
American Psychology-Law Society Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology and Law, 2008
Chancellor's Award for the UCCS Campus, 2009
Association for Psychological Science
American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41; Past-President)
Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles
UCCS Psychology Department Director of Psychological Sciences Training, 2014-present
UCCS Psychology Department Director of Undergraduate Honors Program, 2004-2011; 2014- present
UCCS Psychology Department Chairperson, 2011-2014
UCCS Psychology Department Director of Graduate Sub-plan in Psychology and Law, 2008-present
UCCS Legal Studies Center Member, 2005-present UCCS Faculty advisor, Mock trial teams, 2014-present Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Member of editorial board, 2017-present
Law and Human Behavior, Member of editorial board, 1990-present
Psychology, Public Policy and Law, Member of editorial board, 2001-2012
American Psychology-Law Society, Member of Executive Committee, 1998-2004; President, 2004-2005; Member of Teaching and Careers Committee, Fellows Committee, Mentoring Committee, Outreach Training Committee, Awards Committees, and various working groups