- Ph.D., M.A., Social Psychology Interdisciplinary Program, University of Nevada, Reno
- B.A., Psychology, Mills College
Dr. Dahir has been at the University of Nevada, Reno for over 18 years, both professionally, and as a graduate student, and she currently holds a joint appointment. She is both the Manager of Research Services for the Center for Research Design and Analysis (CRDA) under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and a Grants and Projects Officer for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). In her capacity as a Grants and Contracts Officer for CLA, she assists faculty and graduate students with grant and contract proposal development for city, state, county, private, and federal sponsors. She works jointly with the CLA faculty, staff, and students and the pre-award staff in the Office of Sponsored Projects Staff to ensure more efficient, accurate, and timely processing of proposals.
In her role as the Manager of Research Services for CRDA, Roni is responsible for management of both the survey lab and statistical consulting lab, as well as a number of state and national research projects, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (Health Division).
Roni has more than 15 years of experience with grant proposal development, research and survey design, program evaluation, and project management for local, regional, and national projects. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Judicial Studies Program, Justice Management Program, and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology and serves on many thesis and dissertation committees for graduate students in these academic programs. An example of one course she teaches is Judicial Studies 718 “Scientific Research Methods for Judges.” Her main research interests include jury and judicial decision-making and the use of digital visual evidence in the courtroom.
- Dahir, V.B., Richardson, J.T., Ginsburg, G.P., Gatowski, S.I., Dobbin, S.A., & Merlino, M.L. (in press). Judicial application of Daubert to psychological syndrome and profile evidence: A research note. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law. Manuscript under review.
- Richardson, J.T., Ginsburg, G.P., Dobbin, S.A., Gatowski, S.I., Dahir, V.B., & Merlino, M. (2003). Judges and epidemiological evidence. Judicature, 87(1), 38-39.
- Merlino, M. L., Dillehay, R.C., Dahir, V., & Maxwell, D. (2003). Science Education for Judges: What, Where, and by Whom? Judicature, 86, 210-213.
- Dobbin, S. A., Gatowski, S.I., Richardson, J.T., Ginsburg, G.P., Merlino, M.L., & Dahir, V. (2002). Applying Daubert: How well do judges understand science and scientific method? Judicature, 85, 5, 244-247.
- Dobbin, S.A., Gatowski, S.I., Ginsburg, G.P., Merlino, M.L., Dahir, V., & Richardson, J.T. (2001). Surveying difficult populations: Lessons learned from a national survey of state trial court judges. Justice System Journal, 22(3), 287-314.
- Gatowski, S.I., Dobbin, S.A., Richardson, J.T., Ginsburg, G.P., Merlino, M.L., & Dahir, V. (2001). Asking the gatekeepers: A national survey of judges on judging expert evidence in a post-Daubert world. Law and Human Behavior, 25(5), 433-458.
- Merlino, M.L., Dillehay, R.C., Dahir, V., & Maxwell, D. (2001). Science education programs for the state and federal judiciary at year 2001. Reno, Nevada: U.N.R., Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. Submitted to the Federal Judicial Center, Wash.D.C.
- Desrochers, S., & Dahir, V. (2000). Ambition as a motivational basis of organizational and professional commitment: Preliminary analysis of a proposed Career Advancement Ambition Scale. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91, 563-570.
- Dillehay, R.C., Barry-Gabier, P.J., & Dahir, V. (2000). La evalucion del jurado en los casos criminals: Una comparación psicosocial del jurado americano y español. (The evolving jury of laypersons in criminal cases: Some social psychological comparisons between the U.S. and Spain). Psicología Política, 20, 93-122.
- Dobbin, S.A., Gatowski, S.I., Merlino, M.L., & Dahir, V. (2000). The results of pilot research aimed at expanding the scope and utility of judicial workload studies in child abuse and neglect cases. Reno, Nevada: U.N.R., Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies and the Permanency Planning for Children Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Merlino, M.L., Dahir, V., & Dillehay, R.C. (2000). Master of Judicial Studies Program evaluation 2000. Final report. Reno, Nevada: U.N.R., Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. Submitted to the State Justice Institute and the Master of Judicial Studies Program, U.N.R., Reno, NV.
- Dahir, V., Polk, R.K., & Merlino, M. L. (1999). Juvenile and family court judges: The importance of "role" to an understanding of "workload":
- An annotated bibliography. Reno, Nevada: U.N.R., Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies and the Permanency Planning for Children Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.