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Craig Haney

Craig Haney

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Craig Haney's research concerns the application of social psychological principles and data to various legal and civil rights issues. He has specialized in the assessment of institutional environments, especially individual adjustment and the psychological effects of incarceration, as well as study of the social histories of persons convicted of violent crimes. He has also worked on the way in which attitudes
and beliefs about crime and punishment are changed by legal procedures (such as death qualification), as well as the role such attitudes and beliefs play in influencing legal fairness and impartiality.

Haney and his students are currently involved in research projects examining the social histories of persons convicted of serious violent crime, the role of pretrial publicity in creating juror prejudice and prejudgment, the social psychology of police interrogations, the structure of criminal justice attitudes, and the mechanisms that underlie discriminatory legal decision making.

Haney's work is highly applied and policy oriented, and he tries to involve his students in examining issues that have real-world legal significance. His students use a variety of research methods in approaching these topics, from experimentation to survey research and participant observation. Many of his students conduct field research in actual legal settings as part of their graduate training.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Law and Public Policy


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Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Psychology and Law I and II
  • Social Justice, Society, and Policy
  • The Social Context

Craig Haney
Department of Psychology
379 Social Sciences II
University of California
Santa Cruz, California 95064
United States of America

  • Phone: (831) 459-2153
  • Fax: (831) 459-3519

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