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Evelyn Maeder

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.L.S. (Master’s of Legal Studies), University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law; M.A. (Psychology), University of Nebraska-Lincoln; B.A.Hon. (Psychology), University of Regina
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2421
Office:C571 Loeb

On Sabbatical Leave as of July 1st, 2019.

Research Interests

  • Discrimination in the law
  • Legal decision-making
  • The influence of race, gender, and other extralegal information on juror decision-making
  • The Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder (NCRMD) defence – effects of education, attitudes toward mental illness, and punishment orientation on jurors’ decisions


Dr. Maeder became a faculty member of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008.  She is also cross-appointed in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Maeder studies the influence of psychology on the law and legal decision-making, particularly with respect to juries and public policy.  Her current research projects include studying the effects of extralegal information (including defendant race, victim attractiveness, and defendant gang affiliation) on juror decision-making, legal decision-making in NCRMD trials, and the effects of race salience in the criminal courtroom.  She is the director of the Legal Decision-Making Lab at Carleton, and her work is funded by SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and APLS (American Psychology-Law Society).

Recent Publications

Yamamoto, S., & Maeder, E.M. (in press). Creating and validating a measure of punishment orientation.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Maeder, E.M., & Yamamoto, S. (in press).  Investigating race salience, defendant race, and victim race on juror decision-making in Canada.  Justice Quarterly.
Ewanation, L., & Maeder, E.M. (2018).  The influence of eyewitness intoxication, eyewitness race, and defendant race on mock juror decision-making. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 60, 505-536.
Mossiere, A., Maeder, E.M., & Pica, E. (2018).  Racial composition of couples in battered spouse syndrome cases: A look at juror perceptions and decisions.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(18), 2867-2890.
Maeder, E.M., & Ewanation, L. (2018).  What makes race salient?: Juror decision-making in same-race vs. cross-race identification scenarios and the influence of expert testimony.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45(8), 1234-1251.
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., & McManus, L.A. (2018).  Methodology matters: Comparing sample types and data collection methods in a juror decision-making study on the influence of defendant race.  Psychology, Crime, and Law, 24, 687-702.
McManus, L., Maeder, E.M., & Yamamoto, S. (2018).  The role of defendant race and racially charged media in Canadian mock juror decision making. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 60(2), 266-295.
Maeder, E.M., McManus, L., Yamamoto, S., & McLaughlin, K. (2018).  A test of gender-crime congruency on mock juror decision-making. Cogent Psychology, 5(1), 1461543.
Yamamoto, S., Fenwick, K., & Maeder, E.M. (2017).  Criminal responsibility in Canada: Mental illness stigma education and the insanity defense. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 16(4), 313-335.
Yamamoto, S., & Maeder, E.M. (2017).  A case of culture: Defendant gender and juror decision-making.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(20), 3090-3110.  doi:10.1177/0886260515596976
Yamamoto, S., & Maeder, E.M. (2017).  Defendant and juror race in a necessity case: An ultimate attribution error.  Journal of Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, 15(3), 270-284.
Maeder, E.M., & Yamamoto, S. (2017).  Attributions in the courtroom: The influence of race, incentive, and witness type on jurors’ perceptions of secondary confessions.  Psychology, Crime, & Law, 23, 361-375.
Ewanation, L., Yamamoto, S., Monnink, J., & Maeder, E.M. (2017).  Perceived realism and the CSI Effect.  Cogent Social Sciences, 3(1), 1294446.
Maeder, E.M., Ewanation, L., & Monnink, J. (2017).  Jurors’ perceptions of evidence: DNA vs. eyewitness testimony.  Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32, 33-42.
Maeder, E.M., McManus, L., McLaughlin, K., Yamamoto, S., & Stewart, H. (2016).  Jurors’ perceptions of scientific testimony: The role of gender and testimony complexity in trials involving DNA evidence.  Cogent Psychology, 3, 1264657. DOI:
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., & Zannella, L. (2016).  Putting negative attitudes on the agenda? Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act publicity and juror decision-making.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 49, 154–159.
Mossiere, A., & Maeder, E.M. (2016).  Juror decision-making in NCRMD trials: Effects of gender and mental illness type.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 49, 47-54.
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., McManus, L., & Capaldi, C. (2016).  Race-crime congruency in the Canadian context.  Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 48, 162-170.
Maeder, E.M., & Yamamoto, S. (2015).  Culture in the courtroom: Ethnocentrism and juror decision-making.  PLoS One.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137799
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., & McManus, L. (2015).  Race salience in Canada: Testing multiple manipulations and target races. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.  doi: 10.1037/law0000057
Mossiere, A., & Maeder, E.M. (2015).  Exploring attitudes toward mental illness as an influential factor in juror decision-making: A comparison of sample types.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.  doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.08.008
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., & Fenwick, K. (2015).  Educating Canadian jurors about the Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder defence.  Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 47, 226-235.
Maeder, E.M., & Corbett, R. (2015).  Beyond frequency: Perceived realism and the CSI effect.  Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 57, 83-114.
Maeder, E.M., Yamamoto, S., & Saliba, P. (2015).  The influence of defendant race and victim physical attractiveness on juror decision-making in a sexual assault trial.  Psychology, Crime, and Law, 21, 62-79.
Maeder, E.M., & Pica, E. (2014).  Secondary confessions: The influence of incentive size and scientific expert testimony.  Law & Human Behavior, 38, 560-568.
Maeder, E.M., & Dempsey, J. (2013).  A likely story?  The influence of type of alibi and defendant gender on juror decision-making.  Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 20, 543-552.
Maeder, E.M., & Burdett, J. (2013).  The combined influence of defendant race and gang affiliation on mock juror decision-making.  Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 20, 188-201.
Maeder, E.M., Mossiere, A., & Cheung, L. (2013).  Canadian mock juror attitudes and decisions in domestic violence cases involving Asian and White interracial and intraracial couples.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 667-682.