Christine McDermott

Doctoral student
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My research interests broadly involve examining factors that affect judgment and decision-making, particularly in legal situations. I am also interested on the effects of individual differences on perceptions and judgments. My dissertation will focus on effects of using therapy dogs in courtrooms.


  • M.A., Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Spring, 2013

Recent publications

  • McDermott, C. M., & Miller, M. K. (2019). Judicial instructions about eyewitnesses are not the optimal solution judges hoped to achieve. Manuscript in press.
  • Wood, E. F., Trescher, S., & Miller, M. K., McDermott, C. M. (2017). Personality differences relate to support for insanity and postpartum depression legal defenses: The mediating role of moral disengagement. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, Published Online First. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1351905.
  • McDermott, C. M., & Miller, M. K. (2016). Individual differences impact support for vigilante justice. Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, 8, 186-196 doi: 10.1108/JACPR-09-2015- 0186