Dr. Sara C. Appleby

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sarah ApplebyDr. Sara C. Appleby (Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015) holds the position of Assistant Professor of Psychology, focusing on Psychology and the Law. She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods & Statistics, and Forensic Psychology. Her research interests include deception detection, police interrogations and confessions, and legal decision-making.


  • B.A, Psychology, Rhodes College
  • M.A., Psychology, Boston University
  • Ph.D., Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Courses Taught

  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 256 – Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 307 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • INT 201 – Building Community


Psychology and the law

Research Interest

My research focuses on the interaction between our justice system and the social psychological factors that put innocent suspects at risk of wrongful conviction. Specifically, my research focuses on: 1) suspects’ experiences and strategies within investigative interviews and police interrogations and 2) distinguishing between true and false confessions.


  • Appleby, S. C., & Kassin, S. M. (2016). When self-report trumps science: Effects of confessions, DNA, and prosecutorial theories on perceptions of guilt. Psychology, Public Policy, And Law22(2), 127-140. doi:10.1037/law0000080
  • Kassin, S.M., Perillo, J.T., Kassin, S.M., Appleby, S.C., & Kukucka, J.P. (2015). Interrogations and Confessions. In Cutler & Zapf (Eds.). APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology.
  • Appleby, S. C., Hasel, L. E., & Kassin, S. M. (2013). Police induced confessions: An empirical analysis of their content and impact. Psychology Crime and Law, 19, 118-128. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2011.613389
  • Kassin, S. M., Appleby, S. C., & Perillo, J. T. (2010). Interviewing suspects: Practice, science, and future directions. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 39-55. doi:10.1348/135532509X449361

Contact Dr. Sara C. Appleby

(478) 301-2854