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Selamat siang!

About me:

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), Forensic and Legal Psychology, and Fundamentals of Psychology. 


Research interests

Using a multidisciplinary framework, my research focuses on innovation through methodology and statistics as applied to issues in 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, generalized linear models, Rasch modeling, item response modeling, and machine learning approaches, such as decision trees.

Journal Publications

Reynolds, J.J. (2024). Building a more robust introduction to measurement in research method courses. Trends in Psychology. 

Reynolds, J.J. (2023). Development of the attitudes towards police legitimacy scale short
dorm: A Rasch analysis

Reynolds, J.J. (2022). Do women who blame rape victims consequently engage in risk

reduction strategies? Current Psychology.


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

Criminal Justice.  


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.

Evolutionary Psychology.

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


Research materials 

For more research materials on recent projects including data and R-Markdown files, see my OSF page:

APLS-SF - Paper version

APLS - Paper version

EDRASS - Paper version

DOT Game - Qualtrics .qsf file

APLS - Qualtrics .qsf file

EDRASS - Qualtrics .qsf file

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