Department of Psychology

Laboratory for the Investigation of Psychology and Law (LIPL)

Laboratory for the Investigation of Psychology and Law (LIPL)

The primary goals of LIPL are to conduct social and cognitive research that will provide empirical evidence to guide policy and practice in the legal system. Research is conducted in the laboratory and the field with law enforcement, college students, children, and adolescents). Lab members also meet weekly to discuss new projects, on-going research, and current issues important to forensic psychology.

Students and faculty in lab


Interested students may apply to become part of LIPL, which is separate from forensic psychology major option or minor requirements, although it can contribute to completing degree requirements. For example, participation in LIPL can fulfill one to three credit hours for courses (i.e., PSY 360 - Research Practicum; PSY 460/560 - Independent Research in Psychology; PSY 463/563 - Independent Readings in Psychology; PSY 463H/491 - Honors Thesis). Students may also choose to volunteer in the lab for a minimum of 3 hours, in addition to lab meetings. Students do not have to be psychology majors to participate in LIPL. Students who join the lab gain a better understanding of why and how psychological research is conducted, are more competitive when applying for graduate school/employment, and gain experience that will be useful in future careers and higher education. Therefore, there are a limited number of undergraduate and graduate research positions available.

Contact Forensic Psychology Faculty

If you are interested in joining the lab, please download and complete the application LIPL Lab Application (.doc) and email to either Dr. McClure or Dr. McGuire.

Dr. Kimberley McClure and Dr. Joanne Kurt-Hilditch

Dr. Joanne Kurt-Hilditch and Dr. Kimberley McClure

McClure, K. A. & Kurt-Hilditch, J. (2017). Research and Practice: How law enforcement and corrections officers can contribute to the field. Presented at the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute’s Women in the Criminal Justice System in Bloomington, IL, USA.

Michael Waters and Domi Coleman Forensic Psychology Majors

Michael Waters and Dominique Coleman (Forensic Psychology Majors)

McClure, K. A., Colman, D., & Waters, M. (2017). Police reports can influence follow-up investigators’ perceptions of witnesses. Presented at the 89th annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association held in Chicago, Illinois, USA.