The UC Irvine Center for Psychology and Law was formally established in 2005 as a research unit in the School of Social Ecology. The Center is composed of a group of 11 energetic and productive faculty members from the UCI School of Social Ecology drawn from campus programs in forensics, juvenile justice, psychology, and criminology. An interdisciplinary organization, the UCI Center for Psychology and Law fosters collaboration among academic specialists, legal professionals, policy makers and concerned members of the general public.
The Psychology & Law Center is a focal point for research linking the fields of psychology and law. The Center brings together faculty, students, and members of the legal community who are interested in such issues as the interpretation of scientific evidence, protection of child witnesses, the accuracy of human memory, assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders, and the role of human factors in miscarriages of justice. The Center’s primary goals are to foster collaboration and communication among academics, legal professionals, policy makers, and the general public, and to address areas of inquiry where social sciences and legal systems intersect.