University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department
James Michael Wood    

Dr. James Michael Wood
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Ph.D., University of Arizona (1990)

Graduate Program Director


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Child and Adult Suggestibility Lab

Research Interests    

1.  Interrogations and investigative interviews (role of rapport building; effects of conducting interviews through language interpreters)   2.  Child forensic interviews, child suggestibility and decision-making in child abuse cases.  3. Prediction of negative outcomes in clinical and forensic settings (examples: predicting early discharge in the military or criminal recidivism among juvenile delinquents).

Sample Publications    

Murray, A. A., Wood, J. M., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2012). Psychopathic personality traits and cognitive dissonance: Individual differences in attitude change. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 525-536.

Billings, F. J., Taylor, T., Burns, J., Corey, D. L., Garven, S., & Wood, J. M. (2007). Can reinforcement induce children to falsely incriminate themselves? Law and Human Behavior, 31, 125-139.

Schreiber, N., Bellah, L. D., Martinez, Y., McLaurin, K. A., Strok, R., Garven, S., & Wood, J. M. (2006). Suggestive interviewing in the McMartin Preschool and Kelly Michaels daycare abuse cases: A case study. Social Influence, 1, 16-47.

Wood, J. M., Nathan, D., Nezworski, M. T., & Uhl, E. (2009). Child sexual abuse investigations:  Lessons learned from the McMartin and other daycare cases.  In B. L. Bottoms, C. J. Najdowski, & G. S. Goodman (Eds.), Children as victims, witnesses, and offenders: Psychological science and the law (pages 81-101). New York: Guilford.

Wood, J. M., Lilienfeld, S. O., Nezworski, M. T., Garb, H. N., Wildermuth, J., & Allen, K. H. (2010). Validity of Rorschach Inkblot scores for discriminating psychopaths from nonpsychopaths in forensic populations: A meta-analysis. Psychological Assessment, 22, 336-349.

Wood, J.A., Nezworski, M.T., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Garb, H. N. (2009). Projective techniques in the courtroom. In J. L. Skeem, K. S. Douglas, & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Psychological science in the courtroom: Controversies and consensus (pages 202-223). New York: Guilford.

Contact Information    


Phone: 1-915-747-6570
Fax: 1-915-747-6553

203D Psychology Building
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso TX, 79968

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