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Jason Dickinson, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Talking Lab and Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University

Jason J. Dickinson is a professor of psychology at Montclair State University. He earned his Ph.D. in legal psychology from Florida International University. He is an internationally recognized expert and scholar on children’s eyewitness testimony and forensic interviewing.

He codirects the Talking Lab ( with Dr. Nicole Lytle. The lab's work 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.

Jason regularly works with the interviewing community to help translate research into practice. Most recently, he was invited to contribute to the (forthcoming) update of the Practice Guidelines of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

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