Jennifer Eno Louden, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)    

Dr. Jennifer Eno Louden


Dr. Eno Louden is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UTEP. Her research interests involve issues related to criminal justice and mental health, including assessments of contextual influences on criminal justice outcomes for offenders with mental disorders (OMDs, such as social support and neighborhood characteristics), community corrections agencies’ policies and practices for supervising OMDs, probation officer decision-making, and the stigmatization of these offenders and how this stigmatization affects offenders’ outcomes in the criminal justice system.

Dan Jones, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)    

Dr. Dan Jones


Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UTEP. His research focuses on the influence of malevolent personalities (such as psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism), in organizational settings, and the differential tactics utilized by each personality type in pursuing selfish goals. His research also emphasizes the contributing role these traits play in white collar and corporate crime, and their toxic effect on coworkers, organizational goals, and financial outcomes. These research goals also include improving behavioral and psychometric assessments of malevolent personalities in specific organizations. Additional areas of research address how antisocial strategies are utilized for pro-social goals and how dispositions towards falling in love (emotional promiscuity) can lead to criminal behavior on behalf of an antisocial romantic partner.

April Thomas, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine) Minimize    

Dr. Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UTEP. Her research interests center on how developmental science can inform justice system practice and policies. The majority of her work examines predictors and consequences of juvenile delinquency, as well as juveniles' experiences in the justice system. Her work has touched on topics including trajectories of offending, links between depression and offending, false confessions and false accusations, parental and peer influences on youth offending, sexting, juveniles' knowledge of the law, and juvenile transfer to adult court.
James M. Wood, Ph.D. (University of Arizona)    

Dr. James Wood


Dr. Wood is a Professor of Psychology at UTEP. His students and he are currently doing research in three areas. (1) They are studying child suggestibility and child forensic interviewing, and are especially interested in the social and motivational factors that influence children's suggestibility in sexual abuse and other legal cases. (2) They are studying aspects of police, military and intelligence interviewing and interrogation, with a focus on the use of translators, and the establishment of rapport, in interrogations. (3) They are interested in the development of tests and decision tools to predict negative outcomes in forensic, mental health, and military settings, including current work on prediction of recidivism in juvenile offenders, and on premature discharge from the military.

Associated Faculty

Steve L. Crites, Jr., Ph.D. (Ohio State University)    

Dr. Steve Crites


Dr. Crites is a Professor of Psychology. His research focuses on electrical brain activity that is associated with cognitive processes and judgments and has demonstrated that this brain activity can be used to assess concealed knowledge about events (e.g., a crime) and likes/dislikes. Ongoing research focuses on developing a practical method for assessing an individual’s likes/dislikes toward key individuals and organizations such as Osama bin Laden or the United States that might index a person’s trustworthiness or loyalties.

Dr. Crites primarily accepts doctoral students through the Social, Cognitive, & Neuroscience program.

Michael A. Zárate, Ph.D. (Purdue University)    

Dr. Michael Zarate


Dr. Zarate is a Professor of Psychology at UTEP. His research focuses on the social cognitive processes that underlie person and group perception, and how those processes lead to prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.

Dr. Zarate primarily accepts doctoral students through the Social, Cognitive, & Neuroscience program.