Department of Psychology

Kathy McGuire

Kathy McGuire, Ph.D.


Laboratory for the Investigation of Psychology and Law 


Dr. McGuire earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming and her Masters and Doctorate from the University of Toledo. Dr. McGuire’s dissertation title was “Examining Child Abuse Disclosure Patterns: A Retrospective Approach to Estimating Denial and Recantation Rates”


Dr. McGuire currently teaches courses in Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Statistical Methods.

Research Interests

Dr. McGuire's research is concentrated in forensic psychology with the goal of providing empirical evidence to support the best policy and practice regarding children in the legal system. Her interests include, children as eyewitnesses, memory and conformity among eyewitnesses, juror perception of children and adolescents, the legal relevance of medical evaluations in child abuse cases, false memory, and expert witness testimony.

Recent Scholarly Activities

McClure, K.A., McGuire, K.., Haynes, E.H., & Lawler, F. (2022, March). Expert Credibility, Type of Testimony, and Prospective Jurors’ Perceptions of the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Denver, C.O.

McGuire, K.L. (2021). Methods of exploring related meaning-based false memories. Journal of Cognition and Development, 23, 64-82. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2021.1976782

McGuire, K.L., & London, K. (2020). A retrospective approach to examining child abuse disclosure. Child Abuse & Neglect, 99, 104263. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104263

McClure, K., McGuire, K., & Chapan, D. (2019). Translating behavioral science in to practice: A framework to determine science quality and applicability for police organizations, Journal of Forensic Science, 64, 16-22.

McGuire, K., & London, K. (2017). Common beliefs about child sexual abuse and disclosure: A college sample. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26, 175-194. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1281368