Christina Perez, M.A.

Contant Information:

Email: Christina.Perez@rockets.utoledo.edu

Background Information

Christina is a fourth-year graduate student in Experimental Psychology from Miami, Florida. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University, where she worked in Dr. Lindsay Malloy’s Development, Context, and Communication (DCC) Lab and Dr. Jacqueline Evans’s Theory-based Research on Interviewing, Interrogation, Intelligence-gathering, and Assessing Deception (TRIIIAD) Lab. While at FIU, Christina worked on a number of projects examining the effect of rapport building on police interrogations, children’s recantation of adult wrongdoing, memory and suggestibility in children with ADHD, the accuracy of lie and truth detections, and event reports of English Language Learners. Christina’s master’s thesis investigated the quality of bilingual children’s event reports and their resistance to suggestion.

Research Interests

Christina is interested in many different topics related to children’s eyewitness testimony. She is interested in learning about how bilingual children’s language development affects their ability to recall events. Additionally, she is interested in examining the ways in which forensic interviewers can help children provide higher quality reports. Christina is also interested in identifying various cognitive and social mechanisms underlying children’s resistance to suggestive questions.

Invited Colloqui/Workshops

Child Forensic Interviews(along with Kamala London)Two day invited workshop delivered at University of Bonn, Germany (2019, May).

Conference Presentations

Perez, C., London, K. (2019, April) Children’s language in the classroom as a predictor of testimonial competency. Poster presented at the annual Department of Psychology Research Showcase, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Perez, C., London, K. (2019, April) The relationship between inhibitory control, language development, and children’s eyewitness memory. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Perez, C.,London, K. (2019, April) Children’s eyewitness testimony: The relationship between language skills and inhibitory control. Data blitz presented at the annual Department of Psychology Research Showcase, Toledo, Ohio.

Miller, Q.C., Capparelli, A.L., Perez, C., London, K. (2019, April) Prosecution and defense expert testimony on child maltreatment disclosure patterns: Effects on mock jurors’ decisions and beliefs. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Perez, C., Capparelli, A.L., Miller, Q.C., London, K., Williamson, C. (2019, April) Human trafficking survivors’ interactions with police and perceptions of law enforcement. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Perez, C., Miller, Q., Capparelli, A.L., Wright, D., London, K. (2019, April) Laypeople’s beliefs about disclosure patterns of child sexual abuse. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Perez, C., Brown, J., Leiter, J., London, K. (2019, March) Interrogative suggestibility in bilingual preschoolers: The relationship between language skills and inhibitory control. Abbreviated paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, Oregon.

Perez, C., Miller, Q., Capparelli, A.L., Wright, D., London, K. (2018, March) Laypeople’s beliefs about disclosure patterns of child sexual abuse. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, Tennessee.

Miller, Q., Capparelli, A.L., Perez, C., London, K. (2018, March) Prosecution and defense expert testimony on child maltreatment disclosure patterns: Effects on Mock Juror’s Decisions and Beliefs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, Tennessee.

Perez, C., London, K., Lytle, N., Bruck, M. (2017, March) Cognitive and social predictors of memory and suggestibility among school-aged children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, Washington.

Perez, C., Mugno, A., Alvarez, F., Malloy, L. (2016, March) Sociomotivational and developmental influences on children’s disclosure patterns. Poster presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.

Perez, C., Mugno, A., Alvarez, F., Malloy, L. (2016, March) The effects of age and maternal supportiveness on children’s (non)-disclosure strategies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, Georgia.