Meredith Allison

Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology & Human Service Stu 125Q
2337 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5123

Professional Expertise

Psychology and law

Brief Biography

Meredith Allison joined the department in 2006. Her research focuses on psychology and law. She teaches social psychology, psychology and law, criminal behavior, introduction to psychology, and nonexperimental research methods & statistics. She is also coordinator of the Criminal Justice Studies program (click here to go to the CJS webpage). She received her B.A. degree from Queen’s University in Psychology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Victoria in Psychology.


Ph.D. University of Victoria, Canada

M. A. University of Victoria, Canada

B. A. H. Queen's University, Canada

Courses Taught

Nonexperimental Research Methods and Statistics

Social Psychology

Psychology and Law

Criminal Behavior

Introduction to Psychology


Leadership Positions

Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Studies program


Meredith Allison is interested in the interface of psychology and the law, with a particular interest in the ways in which social psychology can inform legal issues. She has conducted several studies on perceptions of alibis, eyewitnesses' memory for events, people's perceptions of eyewitness accuracy and confidence, and stereotypes of older adult witnesses, offenders, and victims. She has also collaborated with colleagues in the criminal justice area on studies of people's knowledge of laws and accompanying punishments. Finally, she is interested in interpersonal communication and has studied the use of gestures in dialogues.


Jung, S., Ahn-Redding, H., Allison, M. (2014). Crimes and punishment: Understanding of the Criminal Code. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 54, 341-366. doi: 10.3138/cjccj.2013.E17

Allison, M. & Brimacombe, C. A. E. (2014). A credible crime report? Communication and perceived credibility of elderly eyewitnesses. In M. P. Toglia, D. F. Ross, J. Pozzulo, & E. Pica (Eds.). The Elderly Eyewitness in Court. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis (pp. 289-307).

Allison, M., Jung, S., Sweeney, L., & Culhane, S. E. (2014). The impact of illegal alibi activities, corroborator involvement, and corroborator certainty on mock juror perceptions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21,  191-204. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2013.803275

Allison, M., Sweeney, L., & Jung, S. (2013). A comparison of Canadian and American offender stereotypes. North American Journal of Psychology, 15, 589-608.

Ahn-Redding, H., Allison, M.,Semon, M., & Jung, S. (2013). What do students really know about criminal justice? International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 41, 405-420.

Jung, S., Allison, M., Bohn, L. (2013). Legal decision-making on crimes involving an alibi. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 9, 45-58.

Overman, A. A., Wiseman, K. D., Allison, M., & Stephens, J.D.W. (2013). Age differences and schema effects in memory for crime information. Experimental Aging Research, 39, 215-234.

Allison, M., Mathews, K.R., & Michael, S.W. (2012).  Alibi believability: The impact of salacious alibi activities. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 40, 605-612.

Gerwing, J. & Allison, M. (2011). The flexible semantic integration of gestures and words: Comparing face-to-face and telephone dialogues. Gesture, 3, 308-329.

Allison, M., Michael, S.W., Mathews, K.R., & Overman, A.A. (2011). Brief report: The narrative qualities and perceptions of generated alibis. North American Journal of Psychology 13, 359-366.

MacLean, C., Brimacombe, C. A. E., Allison, M., Dahl, L., & Kadlec, H. (2011). Post-identification feedback effects: Investigators and evaluators. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 739-752. doi: 10.1002/acp.1745.

Bavelas, J. B., Gerwing, J., Allison, M., & Sutton, C. (2011). Dyadic evidence for grounding with abstract deictic gestures. In Integrating Gestures: The Interdisciplinary nature of Gesture. G. Stam & M. Ishino (eds.). Philadelphia: Benjamins (pp. 49-60).

Allison, M., & Brimacombe, C. A. E. (2010). Alibi believability: The effect of prior convictions and judicial instructions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 1054-1084. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00610.x

Gerwing, J.,& Allison, M. (2009). The relationship between verbal and gestural contributions in conversation: A comparison of three methods. Gesture, 9, 312-336. doi 10.1075/gest.9.3.03ger

Allison, M., & Lindsay, R. C. L. (2006). Age-related expectations of child witness credibility. Modern Psychological Studies, 11, 37-48.

Allison, M., Brimacombe, C. A. E., Hunter, M. A., & Kadlec, H. (2006). Young and older adult eyewitnesses’ use of narrative features in testimony. Discourse Processes, 41, 289-314. doi: 10.1207/s15326950dp4103_3

Brimacombe, C. A. E., Jung, S., Garrioch, L., & Allison, M. (2003). Perceptions of older adult eyewitnesses: Will you believe me when I’m 64? Law and Human Behavior, 27, 507-522. doi: 10.1023/A:1025486006769

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