Tracy Tomlinson received her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2009, become a post-doc with UMD and then transitioned to being a lecturer with the University since 2010. She has received teaching awards and grants for her work with the University and has created a new course, Psychology and Law, as well as redesigning core curriculum for the introduction to statsitics course. She has served as the co-director of the Design and Statistical Analysis Lab where she mentored graduate students who provided statistical consulting to faculty and graduate students. Her research interests lie within the intersection of cognition, law, and statistics.
PhDUniversity of Maryland, Psychology, 2009
MSUniversity of Maryland, Psychology, 2007
BAReed College, Psychology, 2003
The goal of science is discovery of truth, and it is typically the information gleaned from years of research that serve as the bedrock of the courses one teaches. However, equally important to the discovery and teaching of this knowledge is the process by which these truths are uncovered. If the goal of science is to discover truth about the world, then it seems that an important goal in teaching science is to teach the process by which these truths are uncovered. My approach to teaching the science of psychology is firmly entrenched in the view that students must understand the process of science in order to understand the knowledge generated by science. By focusing on the process, students learn the theories and results while also learning a set of thinking skills that are portable, and which can be used across a variety of contexts – even ones outside the field of psychology. Students should become better producers and consumers of information with these skills.
My research is integrative in looking to keep an applied perspective on all the theoretical work while also doing solid theoretical work. I have many ongoing research collaborations where I integrate the various areas within cognitive psychology to inform theoretical and applied interests. In my research I like to look at the intersections of justice and psychology, memory and judgment and many others. My particular areas of interest lie in repressed memories and interference theories of forgetting, juror biases and judgments, and lineup judgments and procedures. I also have a strong interest in empirical methods and statistical analyses.