Professor Jennifer Dysart Discusses Eyewitness Identification on Al Jazeera America’s “The System with Joe Berlinger”

June 12, 2014 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Professor Jennifer Dysart in the Department of Psychology was featured in an episode of Al Jazeera America’s “The System with Joe Berlinger” and she is quoted in a companion article that focuses on eyewitness identification. In the episode, Joe Berlinger meets with Professor Dysart on campus and she conducts an experiment called “the penny example” with him to demonstrate how they determine reliability of eyewitness reports.

To read the Al Jazeera America companion article, click here.

To learn more about the episode, click here.

Dysart is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Queen’s University and has been conducting research on eyewitness identification for 15 years. Her research examines how police identification procedures can influence the mistaken identification of innocent people and how the implementation of safeguards may reduce these errors. Dr. Dysart has published her research in peer-reviewed psychology journals and has written several book chapters on eyewitness identification accuracy. She is also a co-author of the book “Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal, 4th Ed” (LexisNexis) with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and James Doyle.

According to Al Jazeera America’s website, “The System with Joe Berlinger” is a new series from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger that “explores controversial cases within the criminal justice system. He examines the underbelly and dark corners of the American justice system to investigate troubling cases embodying this all too human drama.”