Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich

Director of Graduate Programs


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

Allison Redlich, a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, 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 four books, most recently two volumes on the international practices of interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects. To pursue her research, Professor Redlich has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Brain and Behavior Research Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others. She especially enjoys working with and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Selected Publications

Miller, J.C., Redlich, A.D., & Kelly, C.E. (in press). Accusatorial and information-gathering interview and interrogation methods: A multi-country comparison. Psychology, Crime, and Law.

Han, W., & Redlich, A.D. (2018). Racial/ethnic disparities in behavioral health service usage in mental health courts. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 173-194.

Redlich, A.D., Yan, S., Norris, R.J., & Bushway, S.D. (2018). The influence of confessions on guilty pleas and plea discounts. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24, 147-157. doi: 10.1037/law0000144.

Redlich, A.D., Wilford, M., & Bushway, S.D. (2017). Understanding guilty pleas through the lens of social science. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 23, 458-471. [Invited article in special Issue to mark APA’s 125th anniversary]