Dr. Emily Pica
Originally, I am from Pennsylvania, and after a few minutes speaking with me you will still see I still have that Northern accent! I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. I then traveled to Chattanooga, TN where I attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received my Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology. Traveling, again, was in my future as I completed my PhD in Psychology, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. When I’m not working, you can find me outside hiking with my dogs or curled up reading a good book.
I joined the faculty at APSU during Fall 2017. I currently teach:
- PSY 1010—General Psychology
- PSY 3180—Research Methods
- PSY 4020—Forensic Psychology
- PSY 4160—Special Topics
Juvenile Court Mentorship
I also am available to mentor undergraduate research experience and field experience (both traditional and honors).
My current research interests involve investigating ways in which we can improve eyewitness identification accuracy as it is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions. Additionally, I examine which factors may be more (or less) influential in jurors’ decision making. More recently, I have furthered my passion for the wrongfully convicted and how they are perceived post-exoneration as well as the unique experiences they face upon release from prison. I always have my research projects taped to my office door and/or the Research Board in the main hallway of the department. If you are interested in helping with any of these you can send me an email!
While I have my own research interests, I also am motivated to help students pursue their own passions, and I have supervised student research that examines the perceptions of mass shooters (students took home first place for undergraduate research poster at a conference) as well as the perceptions of psychedelic assisted therapy in veterans and active military members.