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Monica Miller, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
and Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology

Ph.D., Psychology, University of

J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law

Certification in Public Policy and Program Evaluation

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Monica Miller is an Associate Professor with a split appointment between the Criminal Justice Department and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology. She is also an adjunct faculty at the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies and a faculty associate in Women’s studies. She received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004.

Her interests involve the application of psychological theories and justice principles to laws and policies. Specifically, she is interested in the role of religion in the legal system (e.g., jury decisions); how the law regulates sexual behavior, pregnancy, and family issues; jury decisions in death penalty, medical malpractice and insanity cases; community attitudes/sentiment and the law; courtroom innovations; emotion and the law; psychological reasons people support ineffective policies.  


Selected publications: (student co-authors in bold):

See link below for full vita

Selected Books:

Bornstein, B.H. & Miller, M.K. (2009). God in the Courtroom: Religion’s Role at Trial. New York: Oxford University Press.

Miller, M.K., Blumenthal, J.A., & Chamberlain, J. (Eds). (under contract, expected 2015). Handbook of community sentiment. New York: Springer.

Miller, M.K. & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds). (2013). Stress, trauma, and wellbeing in the legal system. New York: Oxford University Press.

Miller, M.K., Chamberlain, J., & Wingrove, T. (Eds). (2014). Psychology, law, and the wellbeing of children. New York: Oxford University Press.

Selected journals:

Bornstein, B.H., Miller, M.K., Nemeth, R J., Page, G.L., & Musil, S.M. (2005). Juror reactions to jury duty: Perceptions of the system and potential stressors. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 23, 321-346.

Bornstein, B.H., Rung, L.M., & Miller, M.K. (2002). The effects of defendant remorse on mock juror decisions in a malpractice case. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 20, 393-409.

Chamberlain, J., Miller, M.K. & Bornstein, B.H. (2008). Legal decisions concerning the rights and responsibilities of gay and lesbian parents: A role for psychologists. Social Issues and Policy Review, 2, 103-126.

Gaydon, L.B. & Miller, M.K. (2007). Elders in the justice system: How the system treats elders in trials, during imprisonment, and on death row. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25, 677-699.

Griffin, T., Miller, M.K., Hoppe, J., Rebideaux, A., & Hammack, R. (2007). A preliminary examination of AMBER Alert’s effects. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18, 378-394.

Jehle, A., Miller, M.K., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2009). The influence of accounts and remorse on mock jurors’ judgments of offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 33,393-404.

Jehle, A., Miller, M.K., Kemmelmeier, M., & Maskaly, J. (2012). How voluntariness of apologies affects actual and hypothetical victims’ perceptions of the offender. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 727-745.

Miller, M.K. & Bornstein, B.H. (2006). The use of religion in death penalty sentencing trials. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 675-684.

Miller, M.K., Flores, D.M., & Pitcher, B.J. (2010). Using Constructivist Self-Development Theory to understand judges’ reactions to a courthouse shooting: An exploratory study. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17, 121-138.

Miller, M.K. & Hayward, R.D. (2008). Religious characteristics and the death penalty. Law and Human Behavior, 32, 113-123.

Miller, M.K., Maskaly, J., Green, M., & Peoples, C.D. (2011). The effects of deliberations and religious identity on mock jurors’ verdicts. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 517-532

Miller, M.K., & Summers, A. (2007). Gender differences in video game characters’ roles, appearances, and attire. Sex Roles, 57, 419-433.

Miller, M.K., Wood, S., & Chomos, J. (in press). Relationships between support for the death penalty and cognitive processing: A comparison of students and community members. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Padilla, J.B., Miller, M.K.,& Broadus, A. (2008). Analysis of Hispanic representation and conceptualization in psychology and law research. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 26, 655-670.

Peoples, C.D., Sigillo, A., Green, M., Miller, M.K. (2012). Friendship and conformity to socially desirable stances: Juror verdict change in a mock jury study. Sociological Spectrum, 32, 178-193

Reichert, J., Miller, M.K., Bornstein, B.H. & Shelton, D. (2011). How reason for surgery and juror bias against overweight patients affect verdicts in medical malpractice trials. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 395-418.

Sicafuse, L.L. & Miller, M.K. (2010). Social psychological influences on the popularity of AMBER Alerts. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37, 1237-1254.

Sigillo, A., Miller, M.K., & Weiser, D. (2012). Attitudes toward non-traditional women using IVF: The importance of political affiliation and religious characteristics. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4,249-263.

Summers, A., Hayward, R.D., & Miller, M.K. (2010). Death qualification as systematic exclusion of jurors with certain religious characteristics and other characteristics. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40 (12), 3218-3234.



Contact Dr. Miller at mkmiller@unr.edu or monicaKmiller@hotmail.com

You can find a link to her vita here

You can also find her Criminal Justice webpage here

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