Brian Bornstein is Director of the UNL Law-Psychology program. He is Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2001. Dr. Bornstein’s research efforts focus primarily on how juries, especially in civil cases, make decisions, and the reliability of eyewitness memory. Additional areas of focus are in applying decision-making principles to everyday judgment tasks, as in medical decision making and distributive and procedural justice. At the Law College he teaches courses on eyewitness testimony and jury decision making. His latest books are Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Justice, Conflict and Wellbeing (Springer Publishing, 2014). He is currently writing a book on jury myths and reform efforts (anticipated publication 2016). He is co-editor of the NYU Press Psychology & Crime book series and the Springer Advances in Psychology & Law book series.




The witness stand and Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Jr.Springer (2015)

Justice, conflict and wellbeing: Multidisciplinary perspectivesSpringer (2014)

Trauma, stress and wellbeing in the legal systemOxford University Press (2012)

Handbook of trial consultingSpringer (2011)

Emotion and the law: Psychological perspectivesSpringer (2010)

God in the courtroom: Religion's role at trialOxford University Press (2009)

Mental disorder and criminal law: Responsibility, punishment and competenceSpringer (2009)

Book Chapters


Perceptual processes in the cross-race effect: Evidence from eyetracking. Object, Perception, Attention and Memory Conference, November 2012

Sophisticated trustors: Investigating the relationship among knowledge, experience, and trust in water regulatory institutions. Water and Science, November 2012

A comparison of own-race bias in older and younger adults American Psychology-Law Society, March 2012

Forecasting fair experiences with the courts: Do procedural justice expectations legitimate? International Society of Political Psychology, July 2012

Public trust and confidence in state courts: A model re-evaluation International Society of Political Psychology, July 2012

Reducing misdemeanants' failure to appear rate: A field study 24th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, May 2012

Eyewitness testimonies and age: Does the level of detail provided expose any biases? Midwest Psychological Association, May 2012

Effects of plaintiff’s recommendations, cautionary instructions, and deliberation on jury awards for pain and suffering American Psychology-Law Society, March 2012

The verdict is in: Judge and administrator perceptions of state court governance, confidence, and trends American Psychology-Law Society, March 2012

Perceptions of child sexual abuse perpetrators Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2012




M.L.S., University of Nebraska (2001)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1991)
M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1987)
B.A., Duke University (1985)

Areas of Expertise


Professor of Psychology, 2004
Courtesy Professor of Law, 2002
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2001