Mark A. Costanzo

Mark A. Costanzo, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz


Faculty Website

(909) 607-2339

Seaman Hall 237

Areas of Expertise

Death Penalty, Expert Testimony, Non-Verbal Communication, Social Psychology

Selected Research and Publications

  • Costanzo, M. and Krauss, D. (2012). Forensic and Legal Psychology: Psychological Science Applied to Law. New York: Worth.

  • Costanzo, M., Krauss, D., and Pezdek, K. (Eds.). (2007). Expert Psychological Testimony for the Courts. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Costanzo, M.A., Shaked-Schroer, N., and Vinson, K. (2010). Juror beliefs about police interrogations, false confessions, and expert testimony. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 7, 231-247.

  • Costanzo, M.A. and Gerrity, E. (2009). The effects and effectiveness of using torture as an interrogation device: Using research to inform the policy debate. Social Issues and Policy Review, 3, 179-210.

  • Leo, R., Costanzo, M., and Shaked-Schroer, N. (2009). Psychological and cultural aspects of interrogation and false confessions: Using research to inform legal decision making. In D. Krauss and J. Lieberman (Eds.), Psychological Expertise in Court: Psychology in the Courtroom, (Vol. 2) (pp. 25-56). London: Ashgate.

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award (2012) from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP).

  • Outstanding Teaching Award (2011) from the Western Psychological Association (WPA).

  • Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology and Law (2010) from the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS).

  • Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring (2008) from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

  • Fellow, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology; Fellow, Western Psychological Association.