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Kelly Warren

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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

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

Warren, K. L., Bakhtiar, A., Mulrooney, B., Raynor, G., Dodd, E., & Peterson, C. (2015). Adults’ detection of deception in children: Effect of coaching and age for children’s true and fabricated reports of injuries. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 33, 784-800. 

Warren, K. L., & Peterson, C. (2014). Exploring parent-child discussions of crime and their influence on children’s recall. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 32, 686-701.

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


Bobbi Bartlett: Examining the possible relationship between helicopter parenting, academic self efficacy, and perceived academic control in a university context 
Shelbie Anderson: Perceptions and eyewitness memory of shoplifting
Makiyah Russell-Young: Does practice make perfect? Judging the truthfulness of child and adult stories


Heidi Abbott: Effect of experience on alibi generation and expectation
Alannah Dawson: Exploring the role of parental hearsay when children witness a crime
Melanie Taylor: Evaluating public knowledge of the NCRMD defence
Tanisha Thomas: Crime and prejudice: The influence of appearance on blame amongst perpetrators and victims

Chair, Psychology

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

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

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