Jodi Quas

Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
(949) 824-7693
4328 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway



memory development, children's involvement in the legal system

Curriculum Vitae: 


Memory development in early childhood and children's involvement in the legal system. Specific interests include strategies to improve children's narrative productivity and accuracy; the effects of stress on children's memory; emotional regulation and physiological reactivity as predictors of children's coping with and memory for stressful events; jurors' perceptions of child witnesses; and consequences of legal involvement on child witnesses and victims.


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Stress, Physiological Reactivity, and Memory

Quas, J. A., Yim, I. F., Rush, E., & Sumaroka, M. (2012). Hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and sympathetic activation: Joint predictors of memory in children, adolescents, and adults. Biological Psychology, 89, 335-341. 

*Rush, E., Quas, J. A., & Yim, I. (2011). Memory narrowing in children and adults. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 841-849.


Children's Testimonial Abilities and Abuse Disclosure

Goodman, G. S., Quas, J. A., & Ogle, C. (2010). Child maltreatment and memory. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 325-354.

Lyon, T. D., Ahern, E., Malloy, L., & Quas, J. A. (2010). Children’s reasoning about  disclosing adult transgressions: Effects of maltreatment, child age, and adult identity. Child Development, 81, 1714-1728.

*Wandrey, L., Quas, J.A., & Lyon, T. D. (2012). Does valence matter? Effects of negativity on children’s early understanding of truths and lies. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 295-303.

*Wandrey, L., Lyon, T. D., Quas, J. A., & Friedman, W. (2011). Maltreated children’s ability to estimate temporal location and numerosity of placement changes and court visits. Psychology, Public, Policy, and Law, 18, 79-104.


Children's Involvement in the Legal System

Quas, J.A., & Goodman, G. S. (201). Consequences of criminal court involvement for child victims. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 18, 392-414.

Quas, J. A., Wallin, A. R., Horwitz, B., Davis, E., & Lyon, T. (2009). Maltreated children’s knowledge of and emotional reactions to dependency court involvement. Behavioral and the Law, 27, 97-117.