Donald S. Connery is a Harvard-educated author and independent journalist who worked around the world for the Armed Forces Radio Service, United Press and, principally, Time & Life magazines. After years of foreign correspondence from New Delhi, Tokyo, Moscow and London, he returned with his family to the U.S. in 1968. Connecticut’s landmark Peter Reilly wrong-man case in 1973-77 shifted his focus from international affairs to miscarriages of justice. He has since investigated and reported on false-confession cases around the country and served on the advisory board of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. He is the author of numerous books including Convicting the Innocent.
Evan Harrington is a social psychologist specializing in psychology and the law. He has taught at New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and is currently an associate professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Harrington is the chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at his college, and is a member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority IRB committee. While a graduate student at Temple University Dr. Harrington conducted extensive research at the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in Philadelphia, which he presented at the 1995 NATO Advanced Studies Institute international conference on traumatic memories. His research explores issues related to the ideology of Supreme Court justices, research ethics, and accusations of child abuse.
Richard A. Leo is a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (2013-2014), professor and Dean’s Circle Research Scholar at the University San Francisco School of Law, and a Fellow in the Institute for Legal Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering empirical research on police interrogation practices, false confessions, and wrongful convictions. He has authored more 80 journal articles and several books, including the award-winning Police Interrogation and American Justice and, with George C. Thomas III, Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond. He has won numerous awards for his legal work and writing, from, among others, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology; and fellowships from the Soros and Guggenheim foundations. His work helping to free four innocent prisoners in Virginia (the “Norfolk 4”) was the subject of a story in The New Yorker in 2009 and a PBS Frontline documentary in 2010.
Elizabeth Loftus is an internationally acknowledged expert in memory and eyewitness testimony. She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Loftus holds appointments in the Departments of Criminology, Law & Society and the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; she is also Professor of Law. She is the author or co-author of hundreds of articles and chapters and several books, including Eyewitness Testimony, Memory, Cognitive Processes, Witness for the Defense, and The Myth of Repressed Memory She has received honorary degrees from Miami University (Ohio); the John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and universities in the Netherlands, England, Israel, and Norway. In 2001, she received the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. Dr. Loftus was listed as one of the Review of General Psychology‘s 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, the highest-ranked woman on the list. Dr. Loftus has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Science, and the American Philosophical Society.
Susan P. Robbins is a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed chemical dependency counselor in Texas and a Diplomate in Forensic Social Work from the American Board of Forensic Social Workers. From 1995-2009, working on a contract basis with the Texas Protective Services Training Institute, she provided training for protective service workers, supervisors, lawyers, and judges on False Allegations of Sexual Abuse. She serves as a consultant and expert witness and has presented on this topic to (among others) the National Association of Social Workers (Texas), National Defender Investigator Association, National Organization of Forensic Social Workers, and American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Robbins’ articles about false allegations based on recovered memories appear in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Social Workers’ Desk Reference, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Service, and she is currently serving as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education (2013-2015).
Harvey Silverglate is a criminal-defense lawyer and civil liberties litigator. He is of counsel to the Boston firm Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP. Mr. Silverglate contributes regular columns to Forbes.com’s “Injustice Department,” as well as occasional columns to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Reason Magazine, and the National Law Journal, among others. He has also taught at Harvard Law School. In 1971 Silverglate was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and has been admitted to the Bars of six U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and others. Mr. Silverglate is a past President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and a current adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute. He is author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent and co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses. He is also a co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties organization devoted to academic freedom and fair process issues in higher education.
Carol Tavris is a writer, lecturer, and social psychologist. She is the author of Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion and The Mismeasure of Woman; and coauthor of two leading psychology textbooks. Most recently she co-authored Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad decisions, and Hurtful Acts, with Elliot Aronson. She has written hundreds of articles and book reviews for a wide variety of publications and given many addresses and workshops on topics related to psychological science versus pseudoscience for general audiences, attorneys, mediators, psychologists, and judges. Dr. Tavris is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a member of the editorial board of Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
Leonore Tiefer is a feminist and psychologist who has specialized in sexuality for 40 years. She is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. In recent years, Dr. Tiefer has written widely about the medicalization of men’s and women’s sexuality and is a founder and prime mover of the New View Campaign, an activist group that challenges the medicalization of sex. She is the author of Sex is Not a Natural Act and A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems (with Ellyn Kaschak). Dr. Tiefer has received professional awards and held office in various groups.
James Wood teaches in the psychology department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has done groundbreaking work on children’s suggestibility, including experiments based on the content of the McMartin Preschool children’s interviews. His research topics include the ways children in incestuous family situations typically disclose their abuse to child protective services investigators; and the behavior of child protection bureaucracies in citywide systems. His work for the past few years has focused on exposing the Rorschach test as pseudoscience. Dr. Wood is on the editorial board of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s journal on child maltreatment.