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Jacqueline M. Kirshenbaum, Ph.D.


(310) 294-6877

Jackie has a background in interdisciplinary social psychology (with an emphasis in law) including both qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, small group behavior, and survey design and implementation. She has conducted focus group and mock trial research studies, post-trial interviews, and assisted in jury selection.

Prior to joining Fillichio & Hastings in 2022, Jackie was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Army Research Institute where she utilized qualitative and quantitative methodologies in applying behavioral and social science solutions to assess and develop leadership competencies in Soldiers. As a graduate student, she conducted applied research and evaluation in child welfare court systems locally and at both the state and national level. She also researched jury decision-making, exoneree reintegration, and implicit bias in the legal system. Her dissertation work was focused on persuasion factors that influence the effectiveness of cross-examination of forensic experts.


  • University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D., Social Psychology, 2021.
  • University of Nevada, Reno, M.A., Social Psychology, 2019.
  • Bradley University, B.S., Psychology, 2016.


  • American Psychology-Law Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Select Publications

  • “Persuasion Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Cross-Examination of a Forensic Expert,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Nevada, Reno, 2021.
  • “Development and Validation of a General Legal Moral Disengagement Scale,” Psychology Crime and Law, with M. K. Miller, T. Kaplan, R. J. Cramer, S. Trescher, & T. M. S. Neal, 2020.
  • “Judges’ Experiences with Mitigating Jurors’ Implicit Biases,” Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, with M. K. Miller, 2020.

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • “The Religious Conversion and Race of a Defendant: Mock Juror Decisions and Perceptions,” Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA, with L. A. Yelderman, & M. K. Miller, March 2020.
  • “The Influence of Emotions, Perceptions, and Moral Disengagement on Verdicts in a Death Penalty Case,” Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR, with M. K. Miller, March 2019.