Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Sara Appleby

Sara Appleby

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Rhodes College

Main Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology & Law

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the interaction between social psychology and our justice system.  Specifically, my research focuses on: 1) police-citizen interactions and 2) both legal professionals' and lay persons' evaluations of evidence.


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

Doctoral Student Research Grant, $1,423.25 (2013-2014)

Teaching Interests

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


Kassin, S.M., Perillo, J.T., Appleby, S.C. & Kukucka, J.P. (2015). Interrogations and Confessions. In B. Cutler & P. Zapf (Eds.). APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology.

Appleby, S. C., Hasel, L. E., & Kassin, S. M. (2013). 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