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
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

Amit Patel DTCI Presentation

Amit Patel of ThemeVision presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) in South Bend, Indiana, held on November 15 and 16. Amit spoke with a panel of two other presenters regarding “Litigation Consulting Services, Including the Use of Focus Groups or Mock Trials for Trial Preparation.” His presentation … more »

ThemeVision Welcomes New Team Member: Keith Slyter

Keith Slyter has joined the ThemeVision team of litigation consultants. Keith, a trial proven “hot seat” operator will bring his presentation technology skills and experience to ThemeVision clients. Full announcement available below.

Peremptory Challenges: A New Rule in Washington

Amit Patel, Christina Studebaker, and Dennis P. Stolle author, “Peremptory Challenges: A New Rule in Washington” regarding the Supreme Court of Washington’s implementation of a pioneering rule intended to “eliminate the unfair exclusion of potential jurors based on race or ethnicity.”  Read the full article below.

ThemeVision Consultants Now Certified in TrialDirector

ThemeVision consultants David Bartholomew and Amit Patel have earned TrialDirector certification. TrialDirector is a leading trial presentation application for organizing and presenting case documents and videos in court. TrialDirector certification requires more than 20 hours of intensive training, followed by successful demonstration of a high level of proficiency. For years, ThemeVision has used TrialDirector, a … more »

Social Security Fraud Case

ThemeVision assisted client with theme development, witness preparation, and development of demonstrative exhibits in a criminal matter involving allegations of defrauding the Social Security Administration by helping an employee conceal earnings. The case was tried to a jury in the District of Nebraska.

Automotive Parts Antitrust Jury Trial

ThemeVision provided extensive consulting for the defense in a three-week, criminal antitrust jury trial in the Southern District of Ohio. The government alleged that a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its US subsidiary conspired with others to fix prices and rig bids. Our efforts included a mock trial study, ThemeTesting® focus groups, development of demonstrative … more »

Dr. Studebaker DTCI Presentation: “Why Facts Aren’t Always Persuasive”

Christina Studebaker of ThemeVision presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) in French Lick, Indiana on November 16 and 17. Christina’s presentation was titled ‘Why Facts Aren’t Always Persuasive: The Influence of Pre-Existing Beliefs, Unconscious Bias, and Fact-Resistance on Juror Decision Making. ThemeVision LLC was a conference sponsor … more »

Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media

Trisha Volpe led a CLE seminar and communication training at the American Bar Association’s Annual Conference held in New York City in Aug. 2017. The session supports attorneys in navigating the complicated and sometimes mysterious world of the news media, positioning them to become solid and reliable contacts journalists turn to for depth and perspective. … more »

Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media

Trisha Volpe co-led a CLE entitled “Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media.” The program provided practical tools to assist women attorneys to communicate effectively and strategically in front of any audience while navigating unique ethical issues lawyers face when engaging with the news media.

FBI Leeds Law Enforcement Training Academy

As a panelist for the annual media training seminar, Trisha Volpe taught high-ranking law enforcement officials about effective communication and developing positive relationships with media.

Savvy Media Management Strategies

Trisha Volpe participated as a panelist in “Savvy Media Management Strategies” at the Minnesota Judges Annual Conference in 2014.

Strategies in Creating and Presenting Demonstratives and Animations

Trisha Volpe presented at The Courtroom Presentation Conference on “Strategies in Creating and Presenting Demonstratives and Animations,” was about strategic, effective and persuasive storytelling in court, including proven techniques and methods of educating and communicating through visual advocacy, and using high-end graphics and animation.

ThemeVision Consultants Teach Recent CLE Seminar on Effective Jury Selection

ThemeVision consultants, Christina Studebaker and Trisha Volpe, taught a national CLE seminar on voir dire and getting the information you need from and about prospective jurors. The seminar focused on how to prepare for and execute an effective jury selection and how to communicate strategically to get important insight from the people who will decide … more »

Get to know the team

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Christina A. Studebaker, PhD, MLS

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

Keith Slyter

David C. Bartholomew