Saul Kassin
By TLR Editors

Saul Kassin is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He later served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kansas; a U. S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellow; a visiting professor at Stanford University; and Massachusetts Professor of Psychology at Williams College. Dr. Kassin is an author of several college textbooks, including Social Psychology (2011, 8th edition; Cengage Learning) and scholarly books, including: Confessions in the Courtroom, The Psychology of Evidence and Trial Procedure, and The American Jury on Trial: Psychological Perspectives. Several years ago, Kassin pioneered the scientific study of false confessions by developing a taxonomy that distinguishes types of false confessions and laboratory paradigms that are now used to assess why innocent people are targeted for interrogation, why they confess, and the impact of this evidence on witnesses, judges, juries, and others.  He was awarded an APA presidential citation for his research on false confessions. His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. Kassin is Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) and is senior author of the 2010 AP-LS White Paper entitled “Police-Induced Confessions: Risk Factors and Recommendations.” He lectures frequently to psychologists, judges, lawyers, and law enforcement groups; has testified in state, federal, and military courts; and has appeared as a media consultant for all major networks.