Greene delves well below the surface of legal system

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Edie Greene teaches and researches the psychological aspects of the legal system.

Edie Greene teaches and researches the psychological aspects of the legal system.

Edie Greene has written books about the psychology of juries and advised attorneys about jury-related issues. But her greatest love is teaching.

A professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Greene researches aspects of the legal system – decision making and eye-witness memories.

She recently took time to tell CSBJ about herself and her organization

Organization: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Position: Professor of psychology

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 23 years

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D. in psychology and law from the University of Washington.

A few words about your company: I do some trial consulting and serve as a consultant and occasional expert witness in cases involving eyewitness testimony and jury-related issues.

But I am primarily a teacher and researcher on psychological aspects of the legal system, including decision making by juries, judges, attorneys and victims – and the memories of eyewitnesses.

Recently, in conjunction with the UCCS doctoral program in the psychology of aging, I’ve begun work on elder law issues, including guardianship and elder abuse.

Recent accomplishments: I received the UCCS Chancellor’s Award and Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring from the American Psychology-Law Society. I’m also raising and launching two nice teenagers.

Biggest career break: Knocking on Elizabeth Loftus’ office door at the University of Washington during 1979. One of the most highly regarded psychological scientists in the world, she became my graduate adviser and is still a friend.

The toughest part of your job: Doing the statistics.

Someone you admire: UCCS students who have to juggle classes, work and sometimes complicated personal lives to stay in school and make something better of themselves.

About your family: My husband, Alan Siegel, is a mathematician at Northrop-Grumman and a clarinetist. My son, David Siegel, is a jazz and classical violinist. He just completed his first year at Manhattan School of Music. My daughter, Rebecca Siegel, a cellist and bass player, will start at Stanford this fall. I am a pianist; we occasionally play music together. It isn’t always pretty or fun. Our backpacking trips, on the other hand, are almost always fun.

Something else you’d like to accomplish: Learn to play jazz piano.

How your business will change during the next decade: I suspect that I will be using more and different kinds of technology to teach more diverse students. I hope we’ll still be reading books.

What book are you currently reading? A play by the Irish writer Brian Friel entitled “Dancing at Lughnasa” and because it’s spring, I’m skimming “Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime.” Usually it’s a novel.

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I often commute to the university by bike and it’s hard and sometimes scary. I’d make the city friendlier to bicyclists.