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Kelly Warren

kelly_warren_0661.jpgKelly Warren, B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Memorial)

Associate Professor

Office: AS 334 
Phone: (709) 639-6511
Email: kwarren@grenfell.mun.ca

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in introductory, developmental, social, and forensic psychology as well as research methods and design. I also regularly supervise two to three honours students each year.

Research Interests

I am interested in the intersection between psychology and law. More specifically, I am interested in children’s understanding of the correctional system, their abilities to serve as witnesses when they are victimized or see a crime, adult perceptions of child witnesses, and internet related crimes against children and adults. More recently, I have also begun to assess the perceptions and abilities of older (aged 65+) witnesses and victims of crime. My most recent projects have included assessing the influence that parents have on children’s memory for crime, adults’ ability to determine the veracity of children’s coached statements about an event, and the reasons why older people fail to disclose maltreatment. Other research interests include: the onset and nature of infantile amnesia and perceptions of young offenders. I have a variety of ongoing research projects happening on a continual basis. Students who are interested in volunteering on various projects should contact me directly.

Recent Publications

Snow, M. D., Wyman, J., Malloy, L. C., Brubacher, S. P., & Warren, K. L. (2022). Police perspectives on their interactions with older adult victims and witnesses: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/24732850.2022.2044714

Warren, K. L., Snow, M. D., & Abbott, H. V. (2022). Alibi corroboration: An examination of laypersons’ expectations. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 12(3), 33–45. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-07-2021-0030

Warren, K. L., Peterson, C., & Gillingham, C. C. (2018). Children who are coached to lie. Does linguistic analysis help us to understand why these children are so believable? Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1478336

Snow, M. D., & Warren, K. L. (2017). Emotions, crime seriousness, and alibi believability. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1347938

Recent Honours Supervision


Jose Hoare: Perceptions of Infidelity in the Context of Online Dating.

Erin Walsh: Comparing Parental Questioning Across Varied Event Conditions.


Kavita Gill: Public perceptions of how older people are treated
Tara McCarthy: The effects of demand characteristics on the elimination lineup


Marissa Taylor: Views on the treatment of older adults
Shelby Rolfe: Media coverage of missing persons cases: What is important in an investigation

Chair, Psychology

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