Saul Kassin is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Currently, he in in a phased retirement as Massachusetts Professor of Psychology from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
He received his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He later served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kansas; taught at Purdue University; served as a U. S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellow, working at the Federal Judicial Center; and was a postdoctoral research fellow and visiting professor at Stanford University.
Dr. Kassin is author of Psychology (Prentice Hall, 4th edition) and Psychology in Modules (Pearson Custom Publishing). Along with Steven Fein and Hazel Markus, he is also co-author of Social Psychology (9th edition), published by Cengage Learning. He has written the Psychology & Social Psychology entries for Microsoft's Encyclopedia, Encarta, published numerous research articles, and co-authored or edited various scholarly books, including: Confessions in the Courtroom, The Psychology of Evidence and Trial Procedure, The American Jury on Trial: Psychological Perspectives, and Developmental Social Psychology.
Several years ago, Kassin pioneered the scientific study of false confessions by creating a taxonomy of three types that is widely accepted and developing experimental paradigms that enable tests of why innocent people are targeted for interrogation and why they confess. He is also interested in “forensic confirmation biases” and the impact that confessions have on judges, juries, lay witnesses, and forensic examiners. Interested in matters of policy and reform, some of his current research is funded by the National Science foundation.
Dr. Kassin is past president of Division 41 of APA (aka the American Psychology-Law Society, or AP-LS). Over the years, he has received a Presidential Citation Award from APA for his work on false confessions (2007), the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiiRG) Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and the AP-LS Award for Distinguished Contribution (2014). He lectures frequently to judges, lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, criminal justice commissions, and law enforcement groups; has appeared as an analyst on ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and various syndicated news shows; and has served as a consultant and expert witness in federal, military, and state courts. Kassin appears in Ken Burns' 2012 film, The Central Park Five. His work was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Salinas v. Texas (2013).
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