Graduate students

Chris Altman

I am a first-year doctoral student in the Legal Psychology Program at FIU. I received my B.S in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (2012) before earning my M.S. degree at Ball State University (2014). My research interests are vulnerable witnesses and how interviewing affects lineup identifications. Currently, I am examining how elevated levels of alcohol (>.08) affect eyewitness memory. Those interested in the research can contact me at

Amelia Jafary

Alexandra Mosser

Ali Mosser’s interest in the intersection between psychology and legal practice led her to pursue a degree in Legal Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Ms. Mosser’s research centers on issues surrounding eyewitness memory, investigative interviewing, and legal actors’ decision-making. Her master’s thesis examines the legal community’s assumption that inconsistency in eyewitness testimony predicts overall eyewitness inaccuracy. As a Graduate Research Assistant at FIU, she has worked with federal and local law enforcement officials to examine the efficacy of training on the cognitive interview. Ms. Mosser is also working in Dr. Evans' lab on research examining the effects of ego-depletion on cognition.

Allison Mugno

Allison Mugno is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2004 and then worked as a research assistant and laboratory coordinator in the Children's Memory Lab under the direction of Dr. Peter Ornstein at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests include the development of children’s memory, child suggestibility, and individual differences in event memory and deception. Her Master’s Thesis focused on an experimental examination of lie-telling among children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders. She has primarily worked in the Development, Context, and Communication Lab under the direction of Dr. Lindsay Malloy, but has also begun working with Dr. Zoe Klemfuss in the Child Narratives Lab.

Michelle Pena

Michelle Pena received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2013 and continued her FIU journey by entering the Ph.D. program in Legal Psychology in the Fall of 2014. She is primarily interested in conducting research on investigative interviewing techniques used on vulnerable witnesses and the effects of 'blind' interviewing in various contexts. She is currently working in the Investigative Interviewing Lab with Dr. Schreiber-Compo in examining verbal and nonverbal interviewing behaviors, in the TRIIIAD Lab with Dr. Evans on examining the detection of deception in non-native English speakers, and in the Child Narratives Lab with Dr. Klemfuss looking at the effects of misleading information on a person’s perception of credibility.

Geri Satin

Sarah Shaffer

Sarah was awarded both her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Psychology at Arizona State University. She began the Legal Psychology Ph.D. program at FIU in the fall of 2014. Her research focuses on the application of basic Social and Moral Psychology to the legal field as well as the intersection of the legal and medical systems. Topics of interest include false confession, social influence as a means of the behavioral manipulation of criminal suspects, and morality as a basis for punitive attitudes and judgment-making behavior in policing and the criminal justice system.

Keith Wylie