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Jason Dickinson

Chairperson (Acting), Social Work and Child Advocacy

Dickson Hall
BS, Central Michigan University
PhD, Florida International University
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Jason Dickinson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, Acting Chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy, and the Director of the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy.

His research on children’s eyewitness testimony (understanding how children remember, misremember, forget, and tell about events they’ve experienced) is used to inform evidence based recommendations for questioning children in forensic contexts and increase the accuracy of legal decision-making in cases involving children. He co-directs the Talking Lab ( with Dr. Nicole Lytle. The lab's work has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His current award from NSF (with Debra Poole and Chris Davoli of Central Michigan University and Nicole Lytle) is examining whether remote forensic interviewing is an effective alternative to questioning children compared to traditional face-to-face interviewing formats. He regularly consults with the interviewing and legal communities to help translate research into practice.

As Director of the McCormick Center, he oversaw the formation of MSU's new Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy (fall 2017) and the development of the Masters of Social Work program with a concentration in children youth and families (launching fall 2018). As Director, he has also served as principle investigator on a number of direct service and workforce training grants from New Jersey's Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Dr. Dickinson teaches courses on forensic psychology and statistics for psychology majors.

Spring 2019 office hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30-12:30pm


Children's Testimony
Eyewitness Memory
Forensic Interviewing
Investigative Decision-making