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

Trial Presentation

November 2019 Trial Presentation: ThemeVision has TrialDirector® certified consultants to help you professionally present your case during a trial, hearing or mediation.TrialDirector is a leading trial presentation software for organizing and presenting case documents and videos in court.David Bartholomew, ThemeVision’s graphics and presentation consultant, said “TrialDirector certification is a great addition to ThemeVision’s graphics and … more »

Demonstratives: Incident Scene Graphics

October 2019 Demonstratives: Incident Scene Graphics ThemeVision is often called upon to help trial teams show the scene of an incident. Photos are often useful for this purpose, but in many cases photos aren’t available or don’t portray the entire picture. For example, this incident occurred on multiple floors with walls and other barriers making … more »

Demonstratives: Timelines

September 2019 Demonstratives: Timelines Use timelines to communicate trial themes In a recent case, ThemeVision helped by creating a thematic timeline where non-compete agreements in a medical practice partnership were at issue. ThemeVision’s timeline not only provided a chronology of events, but also wove together numerous documents to visually and thematically tell the story of … more »

Demonstratives: Maps

If your case involves locations, distances or boundaries, then a map is an easy yet effective way to signal to your audience that these details are important.

Demonstratives: Cutaway Illustration

A cutaway is a graphic in which surface elements are selectively removed, making internal features visible, while maintaining the overall context of the item.

Evidence: Pullouts

A Pullout is a graphic that “pulls” important information or text from documents in evidence. These may also be known as Document Callouts.

Demonstratives: Schematic Graphics

A Schematic is a visualization of information in simplified or symbolic form that can help jurors understand complex processes. ThemeVision has found schematics to be an important communication tool in a wide variety of case types and whether the audience is a judge or a jury.

The Importance Of Graphics In Commercial Litigation

Amit Patel and David Bartholomew co-authored the article, “The Importance of Graphics in Commercial Litigation,” to explore four specific recommendations on how to effectively utilize graphics in high-stakes commercial litigation matters.

6 Ways to Keep Jurors from Zoning Out

Dennis P. Stolle and Dennis Devine authored the Law360 article, “6 Ways to Keep Jurors from Zoning Out.” The article explores what a potential 50% inattention rate means for jury trials.

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 »

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 »

Get to know the team

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

Keith Slyter

David C. Bartholomew