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Evelyn Maeder

Degrees:Ph.D., M.L.S.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2421
Office:C566 Loeb Building


Evelyn became a faculty member of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. She is also cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her Master’s of Legal Studies from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and her B.A.Hon. in Psychology from the University of Regina.  Evelyn is the Director of the Legal Decision-Making Lab at Carleton University.

Research Interests

Evelyn studies the intersection of psychology and law, particularly with regards to the influence of social psychological principles in law and legal decision-making.  The Legal Decision-Making Lab is primarily interested in the study of juror decision-making, with an emphasis on the influence of extralegal factors such as defendant, witness, and victim characteristics.  We study the effects of stereotyping, attitudes, and stigma on jurors’ information processing in mock trials, and attempt to find methods of reducing these influences.  Additionally, we examine how jurors make decisions in NCRMD (not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder) cases.  Evelyn’s  research is funded by SSHRC and AP-LS.

Selected Publications

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.

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., 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.

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.