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Dr. Stephen J. Ceci

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Professor of Developmental Psycho...

Cornell University
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca , New York 14850
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1865, Cornell is a leading private institution of higher learning located in Ithaca, New York. Approximately 20,000 students from 120 countries enroll in...   more

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  • Ph.D.
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Champions of Psychology: Stephen J. Ceci - Association for Psychological Science, 9 Dec 2014 [cached]
Champions of Psychology: Stephen J. Ceci
In an ongoing series in which APS Student Caucus talks with leading professors, Stephen J. Ceci shares his advice for success amid the challenges facing graduate students. An APS Fellow, Ceci is among the most internationally influential and well-known developmental psychologists. He holds a lifetime endowed chair in child development at Cornell University, where he also teaches and does research. His studies of children's suggestibility, intelligence and memory have had a major impact on clinical and forensic practices around the world. Ceci is founding co-editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest and served on the APS Board of Directors (1996-1999).
APSSC: Your work addresses the testimonial competence and memory accuracy and intelligence of children who have a history of being abused. Can you talk a little about that?
CECI: I don't do expert testimony work.
CECI: When I was a graduate student, and I suspect this is true with most of my colleagues, we actively stayed away from doing applied research.
CECI: This is something I've thought a great deal about because I have a large graduate student lab at Cornell.
CECI: I've chaired graduate admissions at least 10 times and I can tell you this is a very tricky question.
In one study published by the ..., 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
In one study published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1993, New York child witness expert Stephen J. Ceci estimated that as many as 100,000 children end up participating in family court or criminal justice proceedings in the state of New York alone.
"A very large number of kids join the court every day all over the U.S.," said Ceci, who is professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University. "The number is quite high."
"There has been a lot of research looking at the impact of testimony in open court by children," Ceci told ABC News.
The problem, according to Ceci, is that by its nature, sexual assault is a "very private act" and if a child is not available to testify against the assailant, the case is rarely prosecuted. "There is never a third party witnessing it."
But without child witnesses, assailants often go on to repeat the crimes, sometimes against the same victims, said Ceci.
"Because both sides want to win, having a child on the stand isn't easy," he said. "Defense attorneys can confuse a child, harass a child and create conditions so in the closing arguments the child's testimony looks inconsistent. It's the same for the prosecution."
One of the ways courts make it less stressful on children is to shield them by putting a barrier with a one-way screen between the child victim and the defendant so the jury and those in the courtroom can see the testimony, but the child cannot.
"A lot of defense attorneys don't like that," said Ceci. "To make a one-way screen, you put a spotlight on it and it looks like the glare of the police headlight and makes a spectacle and easier to convict. It makes the defendant look like he is on display and doesn't taint the child's demeanor."
Sometimes courts use closed-circuit television in a judge's chambers so the jury can hear testimony.
"None of these things are ideal," said Ceci.
DETENTION AND INCARCERATION RESOURCES | Journalism Center on Children & Families, 1 Nov 2012 [cached]
Stephen John Ceci Ph.D., Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology Department of Human Development, Cornell University M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room G80 Ithaca, NY 14853 607.255.0828; Ceci's expertise is child witness research, particularly the accuracy of children's memory and courtroom testimony in regard to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. His studies of children's suggestibility detailed in his 1995 APA bestselling book, "Jeopardy in the Courtroom: A Scientific Analysis of Children's Testimony," have been cited by courts at all levels. In addition to conducting scientific research, Ceci prepares curriculum to assist judges in assessing children's competence; delivers workshops for judges, mental health and law enforcement professionals across the U.S. and Canada; and conducts translational research for the legal community on child witness issues.
With fellow Cornell psychologist ... [cached]
With fellow Cornell psychologist Stephen Ceci, she surveyed 873 tenure-track faculty members in biology, psychology, economics and engineering at 371 US universities.
She and Ceci are now examining women's chances of advancement at other points in their scientific careers, on the basis of data from other nationally representative surveys.
FABBS :: In Honor Of... Elizabeth and Robert Bjork, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
Bob has been Editor of the Psychological Review and Memory & Cognition, co-founding-editor (with Steve Ceci) of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and President of the Association for Psychological Science, President of the Western Psychological Association, Chair of the Psychonomic Society, Chair of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Chair of the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.
Stephen J. Ceci, Cornell University
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