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Dr. Jason Dickinson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and 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) uses psychological theory and research to generate evidence based recommendations for questioning children in forensic contexts. Ultimately, his research program is designed to increase the accuracy of legal decisions involving children, witnesses, and investigators. His work has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His current award from NSF (with Debra Poole of Central Michigan University and Nicole Lytle of Montclair State) is examining whether remote forensic interviewing is an effective alternative to questioning children with 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). Most recently, he and his colleagues (Nicole Lytle and Joseph Del Russo) were contracted by DCF to design and build an online training resource for mandating reporting in the State of New Jersey.
Dr. Dickinson teaches courses on forensic psychology, undergraduate statistics for psychology majors, and forensic interviewing of children.
Fall 2017 office hours:
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am, 12:00-1:00pm