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Dr. Melissa Baker
Dr. Melissa Baker
- Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2019
  • M.A. General Experimental Psychology, Appalachian State University, 2016
  • B.S. Psychology, Appalachian State University, 2012


  • PSY 350: Social Psychology
  • PSY 470: Psychology and Law
  • PSY 470H: Psychology and Law Honors

Research Interests

My empirical research focuses on the application of social-cognitive psychology to questions and issues related to law and the legal system. My interests include:

  • Eyewitness memory (e.g., the influence of recall memory on lineup identification accuracy)
  • Attitudes toward police (e.g., framing and priming effects on individual’s judgments of police use of force)

I am also interested in research methods and quantitative methods used in forensic psychological research. My interests include:

  • The use of crowdsourced samples in research
  • Statistical procedures used in research to examine eyewitness identification accuracy

Dr. Mel Baker is director of the Psychology, Law, Emotions, and Attitudes (PLEA) Lab: www.plealab.com

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1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030

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