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MEDIA ADVISORY: Criminal Justice Professor at UT Tyler Researching Community’s Role in Outcomes

October 28, 2010

Media Contact:
Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
News and Information
The University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. John Clark, assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Texas at Tyler, is currently conducting research on psychology in the criminal justice system and the community role in justice outcomes.

Clark’s research examines the interaction between psychology and the legal system. He has administered more than 6,000 surveys to ‘real world’ jurors in the last decade.

Juror issues Clark has examined include:

• The role that personality plays in jury selection and trial outcomes, race and jury selection, juror stress,

• The relationship between technology and jury outcomes,

• Jurors perceptions of criminal defendants who have developmental issues,

• The significance of labeling defendants,

• Jurors beliefs about the authenticity of eyewitness testimony,

• Confessions, pretrial publicity, social networking and jury behavior; and

• The implications of prescription drug use and jury decision making.

He was recently quoted in an article by the New York Times titled, “A Juror’s Blog Chronicle Stirs an Age-Old Question.”

Clark holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies and a master of science in criminal justice, both from the University of Alabama.

Professional memberships include Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology and Southern Criminal Justice Association.

The article may be found online at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/nyregion/18juror.html.

For more information or interviews, contact Hannah Buchanan, 903.565.5769.

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