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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin O'Neil

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: (239) 590-1463
Office: WH 114

Dr. Kevin O’Neil has extensive training and research experience in psychology and law. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he earned a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and then worked at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Florida International University. Dr. O’Neil’s research applies social and cognitive psychology to study the behavior of actors within the legal system, usually in the specific context of juror and jury decision making. Ongoing research projects investigate how jurors construct stories out of case evidence using cognitive processes like perspective taking, and voir dire (jury selection) questions can affect jurors’ responses to conformity pressure. Previous research has addressed the influence of the "CSI Effect" on jurors' expectations of forensic evidence and how procedural variations influence decisions about punishment (in both death penalty and non-capital cases). His research often uses Web-based methods for data collection.

Courses Taught: General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Research Methods, Senior Seminar, and Psychology & Law. He also involves students in his research through the Directed Study course

Representative Publications:

  • Reardon, M. C., O’Neil, K. M., & Levett, L. (2007). Deciding mental retardation and mental illness in capital cases: The effects of procedure, evidence, and attitudes. Psychology, Crime and Law, 13, 537-557.
  • O’Neil, K. M., Patry, M. W., & Penrod, S. D. (2004). Exploring the effects of attitudes toward the death penalty on capital sentencing verdicts. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 10, 443-470.
  • O’Neil, K. M., Penrod, S. D., & Bornstein, B. H. (2003). Web-based research: Methodological variables’ effects on dropout and sample characteristics. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 35, 217-226.

Organizational Links:

American Psychology-Law Society

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