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

Foundation Professor
Monica Miller
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Monica Miller is a Foundation Professor with a split appointment between the Criminal Justice department and the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program. She is also an adjunct faculty at the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies.

Miller received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002 and her doctorate 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 sentiment and public policy; and vigilante justice in the legal system and the media.

Current Ph.D. students


Selected Publications (graduate students in bold, undergraduate students in bold/italics)  

  • Wood, S. M., DeVault, A. , Miller, M. K., Kemmelmeier, M., & Summers, A. D. (2019). Decision-making in civil litigation: effects of attorney credibility, evidence strength, and juror cognitive processing. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 10.1111/jasp.12600
  • Miller, M. K., Alvarez, M. J., & Weaver, J. (2018). Empirical evidence for AMBER Alerts as crime control theater: A comparison of student and community samples. Psychology, Crime and Law, 24, 83-104.
  • West, M. P., Yelderman, L., & Miller, M. K. (2018). Gender differences in the evaluation of aggravating and mitigating circumstances: The mediating role of attributional complexity. Psychology, Crime and Law, 24, 761-789. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2018.1438432
  • Miller, M. K., & Bornstein, B. H. (Eds.) (2018).  Advances in psychology and law. Vol. 3. New York: Springer.
  • Miller, M. K., Blumenthal, J. A., & Chamberlain, J. (Eds.). (2015).  Handbook of community sentiment. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B. H., & Miller, M. K. (2009).  God in the courtroom: Religion's role at trial. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Yelderman, L. A., Miller, M. K.,  Forsythe, S., Sicafuse, L. (2018). Understanding crime control theater: Do sample type, gender and emotions relate to support for crime control theater policies?  Criminal Justice Review.
  • Shields, T. D., Miller, M. K., &  Yelderman, L. A. (2018). Relationships between religious characteristics and response to legal action against parents who choose faith healing practices for their children.  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. doi: 10.1037/rel0000131
  • Miller, M. K.,  Alvarez, M. J.,  &  Weaver, J. (2018). Empirical evidence for AMBER Alerts as crime control theater: A comparison of student and community samples.  Psychology, Crime and Law, 24, 83-104.
  • Yelderman, L. A., & Miller, M. K. (2017). Religious fundamentalism, religiosity, and priming: Effects on attitudes, perceptions, and jurors' decisions in an insanity defense case. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 23, 147-170.
  • Alvarez, M. A., & Miller, M. K. (2016). Counterfactual thinking about crime control theater: Mock jurors decision-making in an AMBER Alert trial.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 349-361. doi: 10.1037/law0000098
  • DeVault, A., Miller, M. K. & Griffin, T. (2016). Crime control theater: Past, present, and future.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 341-348. doi: 10.1037/law0000099
  • Miller, M. K.,  Lindsey, S. C., & Kaufman, J. (2014). The religious conversion and race of a prisoner: Mock parole board members' decisions, perceptions, and emotions.  Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19, 104-130. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8333.2012.02063.x 
  • Miller, M. K.,  Maskaly, J., Peoples, C. D., &  Sigillo, A. (2014). The relationship between mock jurors' religious characteristics and their verdicts and sentencing decisions.  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6, 188-197 doi: 10.1037/a0036344
  • Miller, M. K.,  Wood, S.,  &  Chomos, J. C. (2014). Relationships between support for the death penalty and cognitive processing: A comparison of students and community members.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41, 731-750. doi: 10.1177/0093854813509369
  • 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. doi:10.1037/a0027940
  • 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. doi:10.1177/1368430210377458
  • 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. doi:10.1002/bsl.969
  • Sicafuse, L. L., & Miller, M. K. (2010). Social psychological influences on the popularity of AMBER Alerts. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37, 1237-1254. doi:10.1177/0093854810379618
  • 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. doi:10.1007/s10979-008-9164-6.
  • Miller, M. K., &  Hayward, R. D. (2008). Religious characteristics and the death penalty.  Law and Human Behavior, 32, 113-123. doi:10.1007/s10979-007-9090-z
  • 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. doi:10.1002/bsl.818
  • 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. doi:10.1002/bsl.781
  • Miller, M. K., & Bornstein, B. H. (2006). The use of religion in death penalty sentencing trials.  Law and Human Behavior, 30, 675-684. doi:10.1007/s10979-006-9056-6
  • 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. doi:10.1002/bsl.496

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Nebraska College of Law, 2002
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998