Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich

Associate Chair

University Professor

Guilty pleas, interrogations and confessions, wrongful convictions, mental health courts, and experimental criminology

Allison Redlich is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and the past President of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; 2019-22). In 2022-23, she is a Visiting Scholar at Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. She was trained as an experimental psychologist but uses multiple methods to conduct her research. To a large degree, her research centers on whether legal decision-making is knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. She examines such decision-making in vulnerable (juveniles and persons with mental health problems) and non-vulnerable defendants, and across several different contexts—in the interrogation room, during the guilty plea process, and in mental health courts. Professor Redlich also studies wrongful convictions, with a particular focus on false confessions and false guilty pleas. In addition to publishing numerous articles on these and related topics, she has co-authored/edited five books, most recently a volume on the science of pleading guilty (with Edkins), which was awarded the AP-LS Lawrence Wrightsman book award. To pursue her research, Professor Redlich has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security/CINA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. She especially enjoys working with and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and has been awarded teaching-mentoring awards from two national societies.

Selected Publications

Henderson, K., Fountain, E., Redlich, A.D., & Cantone, J. (in press). Judicial involvement in plea bargaining. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

*Dezember, A., *Luna, S., *Woestehoff, S., *Stoltz, M., *Manley, M., Quas, J.A, & Redlich, A.D. (in press). Plea validity in circuit court: Judicial colloquies in misdemeanor vs. felony charges. Psychology, Crime, & Law. 

*Petersen, K., Redlich, A.D., & Norris, R. (2021). Diverging from the shadows: Explaining individual deviation from plea bargaining in the “Shadow of Trial.” Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Alceste, F., Luke, T., Redlich, A.D., Amrom, A., Hellgren, J., & Kassin, S.M. (2021). The psychology of confessions: A comparison of expert and lay opinions. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35.

Scherr, K., Redlich, A.D., & Kassin, S.M. (2020). Cumulative disadvantage: The compounding effect of innocents’ decision-making from interrogations to the courtroom. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Dissertations Supervised

Samantha Luna, Defining Coercion During Plea Negotiations (2023)

Amy Dezember, Examining Alford Pleas and the Presumption of Strong Evidence (2021)