Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Sara Appleby

Sara Appleby

Visiting Assistant Instructor of Psychology

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Expected June 2014)
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Rhodes College

Main Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology & Law

Research Interests

The interaction between our justice system and the social psychological factors that put innocent suspects at risk of wrongful conviction.  Specifically, my research focuses on: 1) suspects' experiences and strategies within investigative interviews and police interrogations, and 2) distinguishing between true and false confessions.


National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Award, $9,336 (2012-2014)

Doctoral Student Research Grant, $1,423.25 (2013-2014) "When confessions trump science: Three potential remedies for the “prosecutorial explanation effect.”

Teaching Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology & Law/Forensic Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods


Appleby, S. C., Hasel, L. E., & Kassin, S. M. (2012). Police induced confessions: An empirical analysis of their content and impact. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19, 118-128. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2011.613389

Kassin, S. M., Appleby, S. C., & Perillo, J. T. (2010). Interviewing suspects: Practice, science,and future directions. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 39-55.doi:10.1348/135532509X449361

Kassin, S.M., Perillo, J.T., Appleby, S.C. & Kukucka, J.P. (In Press). Interrogations and Confessions. In B. Cutler (Ed.). APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology.