About SRL

Scientific Resources for the Law (SRL) is a trial consulting support service, working solely with trial consultants and trial consulting businesses. SRL does not work directly with attorneys. This model allows SRL to form non-competitive relationships with trial consultant partners. Our unique approach enables SRL to provide support whenever our services may be needed, while providing SRL researchers with opportunities to attain applied experience in the field.     

The SRL team

The SRL team is comprised of a number of UNL graduate, law, and undergraduate students, faculty members, as well as affiliated researchers. Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, including experimental and clinical psychology, legal, academia, and public policy. Most of our team members have acquired or are working toward law and psychology degrees (i.e., JD, PhD, or MLS, which is a Master in Legal Studies).

Faculty Supervisor for SRL:
Eve Brank, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law. Dr. Brank received her JD (2000) and PhD (2001) from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in the Law-Psychology Program. Dr. Brank oversees and supervises SRL operations and liaisons with the University on behalf of SRL. Dr. Brank was involved as a student worker with SRL during her time as a student at UNL. Learn more about Dr. Brank and her research experience 
here.


Senior Researchers:
Kimberly Dellapaolera, Ph.D., M.L.S., is a proud graduate of the Law-Psychology program. Her research interests revolve mainly around jury decision making and eyewitness memory.

Josh Haby, MA, MLS, is a graduate student in the Law-Psychology program, his research interests lie generally in legal decision-making. Josh serves as the Business Manager for SRL and plans to pursue a trial consulting career upon graduation.

Featured Team Members:
Andrea Avila, J.D., Ph.D. is a graduate student in the Law-Psychology Program and the Clinical Psychology Training Program.  Her research and clinical interests center on law and policy impacting people with serious mental illness, both generally and with regard to the criminal justice system.

Michael S. Butchko, Ph.D., LP, is a licensed psychologist, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Counseling Psychology program. His clinical and research interests lie in eating disorders, body image, psychology of men and masculinity, and positive psychology.

Shantel Gassman, Ph.D., is a graduate student in counseling psychology. Her research interests lie in positive and health psychology, primarily in understanding the interaction between mental and physical health and it's application for treatment with clients who experience comorbid medical and psychological diagnoses.

Natalie Gordon, M.A. is a doctoral student in Psychology and Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on jury decision-making in death penalty cases and methods for encouraging jurors to self-disclose bias during jury selection.

Alexander Jay, M.Sc., M.Ph. is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology and Law program at John Jay College. His research focuses on jurors' social cognitive decision-making processes, and how attorneys might adjust their messages to motivate jurors toward adopting their trial story. Alex plans to pursue a career as a trial consultant upon graduation.

Sarah Kreuger (Moody), MA, is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her interests lie generally in legal decision-making, particularly plea bargaining, eyewitness identifications, and jury decision-making. She is a former member of the Law & Policy lab at UNL.

Andrew Pollack, MA, is a Guardian ad Litem for Minnesota’s fourth judicial district. His research interests are in jury decision-making and confession evidence. Andrew plans to work in the trial consulting field.

Krystia Reed, JD, PhD, is a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Associate at Cornell University. She is a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Psychology and Law Program. Krystia is interested in understanding how legal actors make legal decisions and how those decisions can be improved. Her research experimental social psychology methods to examine three primary areas: attorney behavior, legal decision making, and program evaluation.

Casey Tisdale is a doctoral student in the Law-Social Psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her research interests focus on empathy and different attributions and how they both affect discretion of various decision-makers in the criminal justice system.  She is currently involved in the Culture, Conflict, & Law Lab.

Chelsea Wheeler, M.S., is a doctoral student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her research focuses on juror perceptions and the decision-making process, and police mental health and wellness.

Anna Vaynman is a doctoral student in Psychology & Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests surround plea-bargain decision-making, particularly attorneys' roles in the plea bargaining process. 

Briana Vincent, M.A., recently graduated from New York University where she specialized in forensic psychology. She has an interest in criminal behavior, criminal justice and the mental health system, and juror decision-making.

SRL operates as a part of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Department of Psychology within the Law-Psychology Program.