Mark Costanzo, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychological Science


Psychological Science

Areas of Expertise

Death Penalty
Expert Testimony
Non-Verbal Communication
Social Psychology


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

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.

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.