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Janat Parker

Professor Emerita


Office: DM 284

Phone: 305-348-3190


Specialty: Developmental Science

Courses Taught

  • Memory and Memory Improvement
  • Children's Learning
  • Children and the Law
  • Educational Psychology
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Child Witness
  • Research Design
  • Theories in Development

Research Areas

Dr. Parker conducts research on the eyewitness testimony of children. She has demonstrated how to facilitate the choice of the correct perpetrator in target-present lineups and the rejection of alternatives in target-absent lineups. This involved the use of appropriate lineup-presentation procedures for children and the development of innovative practice procedures. She also investigates source monitoring capabilities of children in normal memorial circumstances and also after suggestive interviewing. Further research has explored the impact of stress on memory for both children and adults. Dr. Parker teaches undergraduate courses in memory and children's learning and graduate courses in children's memory and the law.

Selected Publications

Parker, J. F., Bahrick, L. E., Fivush, R., & Johnson, P. (2006). The impact of stress on mothers’ memory of a natural disaster. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 12, 142-154.

Meissner, C., Tredoux, C., Parker, J. F., & Maclin, O. (2005). Investigating the phenomenological basis for eyewitness decisions in simultaneous and sequential lineups: A dual-process signal detection theory analysis. Memory and Cognition, 33, 783-792.

Schrieber, N., & Parker, J. F. (2004). Inviting witnesses to speculate: Effects of age and interaction on children’s recall. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 89,31-52

Parker, J. F., & Myers, A. (2001). Attempts to improve children's identifications from sequential-presentation lineups. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 796-815.

McCauley, M., & Parker, J. F. (2001). When will a child be believed? The impact of victim's age, and juror's gender on children's credibility and verdict in a sexual-abuse case. Child Abuse and Neglect, 25, 523-539.

Parker, J. F., Bahrick, L. E., Lundy, B., Fivush, R., & Levitt, M. (1998). Effects of stress on children's memory for a natural disaster. In D. Herrmann, C. P. Thompson, J. D. Read, D. Bruce, D. G. Payne, & M. P. Toglia (Eds.), Eyewitness memory: Theoretical perspectives (pp. 31-54). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


  • PhD Psychology, University of California- Berkeley, Berkley, CA
  • BA Psychology (Honours), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec