Jeff Kukucka

Associate Professor; Psychology & Law


Ph.D. in Psychology,
CUNY Graduate Center, 2014

M.A. in Forensic Psychology,
John Jay College of Criminal
Justice, 2012

B.A. in Psychology, Loyola College
in Maryland, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Forensic Confirmation Bias

Interrogations & False Confessions

Post-Exoneration Adjustment

Jury Decision-Making

Research Interests

Dr. Kukucka is interested in how social and cognitive biases influence criminal investigations and trials, and how we can use psychology to improve the justice system. His recent work has focused on: why people misinterpret forensic science evidence; how recording interrogations affects police, suspects, and juries; and how exonerees adjust to life after prison.


Selected Publications

Kukucka, J., Kassin, S. M., Zapf, P. A., & Dror, I. E. (in press). Cognitive bias and blindness: A global survey of forensic science examiners. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Kassin, S. M., Kukucka, J., Lawson, V. Z., & DeCarlo, J. (2017). Police reports of mock suspect interrogations: A test of accuracy and perception. Law and Human Behavior, 41, 230-243.

Kukucka, J., & Kassin, S. M. (2014). Do confessions taint perceptions of handwriting evidence? An empirical test of the forensic confirmation bias. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 256-270.

Kassin, S. M., Dror, I. E., & Kukucka, J. (2013). The forensic confirmation bias: Problems, perspectives, and proposed solutions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 42-52.


Currently teaching

Dr. Kukucka regularly teaches courses in statistics and research design at the undergraduate (PSYC 212) and graduate (PSYC 687/688) levels. He also occasionally teaches a special topics course in Psychology and Law.