Wed, 04/12/2017

Please join the Center for Psychology and Law for their 2016-2017 Views By Two series.

Views By Two pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to discuss hot topics in the field of psychology and law. By providing both a researcher and practitioner viewpoint, we hope to start a dialogue that will bridge the gap between scientific research and policy.


Scholars within the fields of psychology, law and criminology often conduct research with the goal of informing both national and local policies.  Despite the seemingly clear applications of social science research to practice, there is often a disconnect between what researchers recommend and what information policymakers ultimately use. Professor Susan Turner will discuss her experiences presenting her research on sentencing reform and risk assessment tools to both national and state institutions, and the associated challenges. Building from Professor Turner’s experiences, Senator Joseph Dunn will provide expertise from the perspective of a politician who has witnessed academic researchers present their research to Congress and State Legislatures. Specifically, he will discuss why politicians and policymakers don’t always seem to make policy decisions based on the merits of the scientific research and will offer recommendations as to how academic researchers can more effectively influence policy.

Joseph Dunn, former California State Senator 
Susan Turner, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served during a reception following the event.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517

Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure.

This event is free and open to the public.
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