B.S., Southern Oregon University
M.S., University of North Dakota
Ph.D., University of Wyoming
I was born in the US but raised abroad, for example, in Indonesia and Peru. I received my bachelor's degree in psychology and criminology at Southern Oregon University, master's degree in forensic psychology at the University of North Dakota, and doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Wyoming. I have taught a wide range of courses in both psychology and criminal justice including: Research Methods, Statistics, Forensic Psychology, Theories of Criminality, Criminal Behavior, Criminal Psychology (Graduate course), Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, and Biological Psychology. Currently at the University of Scranton, I teach Research Methods and Statistics (211 and 212) as well as Forensic and Legal Psychology.
My research uses multidisciplinary theory from evolution/behavioral ecology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and forensic psychology. Topics include homicide, rape, exploitative and deceptive strategies, self-control, jury decision making, police legitimacy, and fourth amendment interactions. I use a variety of analytical techniques in my work including Bayesian statistics, multilevel modeling, factor analysis, and generalized linear models.
Reynolds, J.J. (2021). Let's talk about stats: Revising our approach to teaching statistics in
psychology. Psychological reports.
Reynolds, J.J. (2021). Improving the assessment of teaching effectiveness with the
nonequivalent dependent variables approach. Teaching of Psychology.
Reynolds, J.J., Estrada-Reynolds, V.C., Freng, S., & McCrea, S.M. (2021). Cheese it, it’s the
fuzz: Testing the assumption that guilt predicts police avoidance. Applied Psychology and
Reynolds, J.J., & Bürkner, P.C. (2020). Examining the relationship between weapon type and
relationship type in American homicides: A Bayesian approach. Homicide Studies
Reynolds, J.J., Estrada-Reynolds, V.C., Freng, S., & McCrea, S.M. (2019). Investigator beliefs
of homicide crime scene characteristics. Applied Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Reynolds, J.J., & McCrea, S.M. (2019). Environmental constraints on the functionality of
inhibitory self-control: Sometimes you should eat the donut. Self and Identity, 18, 60-86.
Reynolds, J.J., Estrada-Reynolds, V.C., & Nunez, N. (2018). Development and validation of
the attitudes towards police legitimacy scale. Law and Human Behavior, 42(2), 119-
Reynolds, J.J., & McCrea, S.M. (2018). Criminal behavior and self-control: Using the dual
component theory of inhibition regulation to advance self-control and crime
research. Current Psychology, 37(4), 832-841.
Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S. M. (2017). Spontaneous violent and homicide thoughts in four
homicide contexts. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1-23.
Estrada-Reynolds, V.C., Reynolds, J.J., McCrea, S.M., & Freng, S.A. (2016). I don’t like
the cut of your jib: Perceived facial masculinity as a cue to criminality. Psychiatry,
Psychology and Law, 24(3), 392-18.
Reynolds, J.J., & McCrea, S.M. (2016). Life history theory and exploitative strategies.
Reynolds, J.J., & McCrea, S.M. (2016). The dual component theory of inhibition regulation:
A new model of self-control. New Ideas in Psychology, 41, 8-17.
Reynolds, J.J., & McCrea, S.M. (2015). Exploitative and deceptive resource acquisition
strategies: The role of life history strategy and life history contingencies.
Evolutionary Psychology, 13(3).
Sommer, S., Reynolds, J.J., & Kehn, A. (2015). Mock juror perceptions of rape victims:
Impact of case characteristics and individual differences. Journal of Interpersonal
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