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Jason J. Dickinson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology. He is the former acting Chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy, and the former Director of the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy. As Director of the McCormick Center, he oversaw the formation of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy (2017) and the development of the Masters of Social Work program (2018; accredited 2020). He also served as the principal investigator on a number of direct service and workforce training grants from New Jersey's Department of Children and Families.

His research on children’s eyewitness testimony (understanding how children remember, misremember, forget, and tell about events they’ve experienced) identifies strategies for questioning children in forensic contexts to increase the accuracy of legal decision-making in cases involving children. He frequently consults with attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, and the child protection community to help translate research findings into public policy, inform investigative practices, and evaluate the reliability of children's testimony.

He codirects the Talking Lab ( with Dr. Nicole Lytle. The lab's work (in collaboration with Dr. Debra Poole of Central Michigan University) has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Their most recent award will develop recommendations for interviewing fresh complaint witnesses to improve the reliability of hearsay testimony in child maltreatment investigations. In addition, the lab’s ongoing NSF supported research on tele-forensic interviewing has been instrumental in shaping policy and training initiatives for safely conducting forensic interviews with children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Dickinson teaches introduction to psychology, forensic psychology, and statistics for psychology majors.

Research interests

Children’s eyewitness testimony, forensic interviewing, and investigative decision-making. 

Scholarly Interests

Children's Testimony
Eyewitness Memory
Forensic Interviewing
Investigative Decision-making
Tele-forensic interviewing


Introduction to psychology, forensic psychology, and statistics for psychology majors, forensic interviewing.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on child and adult eyewitness memory, forensic interviewing, children’s memory, suggestibility, disclosure of child abuse, and investigative decision-making.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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