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PhD, MS, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University

MJ, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
BA Psychology, University of Illinois

Author, Jury Decision Making: The State of the Science (NYU Press, 2012)

Professor of psychology, IUPUI (1996 - 2018)

Editorial board for Law and Human Behavior (2012-2018)

Member, American Society of Trial Consultants

Member, American Psychology‐Law Society

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ

Consultant, Indianapolis
317-229-3123 | devine@themevision.com
Dennis Devine leverages his extensive background in psychology with his interest in the law and juries to conduct applied research in the service of clients.

He specializes in applying psychological principles, findings, and methods to assess and diagnose client needs; gathering and systematically analyzing relevant data; and then conveying critical findings in an easy-to-digest manner.

Prior to joining ThemeVision, Dr. Devine was an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for 22 years, where he conducted research and taught courses in statistics, psychological measurement and data interpretation, and psychology and law. His primary research interest was jury decision making, with a focus on learning when juries will be influenced by extralegal factors and how the deliberation process influences verdicts and damage awards. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed social science journals. He has also authored two book chapters that appeared in Advances in Psychology and Law: Volume 2 (2016) and The Psychology of Juries (2017). Dr. Devine wrote – Jury Decision Making: The State of the Science (2012) – a book published by New York University Press that summarizes the scientific literature on juries and offers an integrative theory of how they reach decisions.
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Alerts and Updates

Case Decision Making, Part II: What’s in Your Model?

by Dennis DevineApril 2021 All legal cases involve a host of important decisions. In litigation or in preparation for trial, consider these: Should we file Motion X with this judge?How will jurors react to Witness Y?What will jurors think the case is worth?What are our chances of a favorable judgment if this case goes to … more »

About Half: New Data on COVID and Jury Pools

ThemeVision’s Nationwide SurveyThemeVision is a litigation consulting firm that counsels clients on jury decision making and conducts jury research in cases around the country. We obtained a diverse, national sample of responses from 532 U.S. adults (locations shown above). Our questions fell into several buckets: Demographics,Health-related behaviors and contracting COVID,Willingness to serve as a juror … more »

Case Decision Making: What’s in Your Model?

Every legal case comes with a host of decisions. Some are big and bright; many are small and subtle. Some are not even perceived as decisions due to the chilling effect of convention, personal habit, or law-firm policy. But there are always many questions—and where there are questions, there are decisions. Consider several that arise … more »

Jury Trials in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 has dominated all facets of life in the last four months. How courts will handle jury trials in the coming months has been a topic of particular interest to the legal community.

Who is Keyser Soze (in Your Jury)?

By Dennis Devine In the classic 1995 film, The Usual Suspects, Keyser Soze (pronounced Kaiser So-zay) is a shadowy, larger-than-life character. His unseen, ubiquitous presence directs and controls the actions of an assembled group like some nefarious puppet-master. The central question of the film is: Who is Keyser Soze? Let’s consider how this mystical character … more »

Data-Driven Case Valuation

Parties to lawsuits and their
lawyers inevitably find themselves pondering one overriding question: What is our case really worth?

Dr. Devine’s Findings Cited in Recent Supreme Court Decision

Link to CNN Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/politics/scotus-jury-verdict-criminal-trial/index.htmlLink to judicial opinion:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-5924_n6io.pdf The U.S. Supreme Court recently cited research conducted by a ThemeVision team member in their Ramos v. Louisiana decision. The Supreme Court’s decision cited a comprehensive review of jury decision making studies authored by Dennis Devine. The review article was published in a top social science journal … more »

Can You Ever Know Too Much About Prospective Jurors? Cognitive Science Says “Yes”

Trial lawyers often must make inferences about prospective jurors based on precious little information. Courts’ standard juror questionnaires typically include only a few questions. Courts seldom allow parties to use longer, supplemental juror questionnaires that can provide more useful information. Time allocated to questioning prospective jurors in court is limited, and many federal judges no longer allow attorney-conducted voir dire. Some prospective jurors may even skate through the voir dire process without ever saying a word.

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