Dr. Eisen's CV

EDUCATION

  • University of Miami

1993  Ph.D.  Counseling Psychology

  • University of Chicago

1987  M.A. Social Science/ Human Development               

  • University of New Mexico

1983 B.A.  Psychology

BOOKS

Eisen, M. L., & Quas, J. & Goodman, G. S. (2001). Memory and Suggestibility in the Forensic Interview. (Eds.), Cambridge MA:Erlbaum.

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Eisen, M. L., Cedré, G. C., Williams, T. Q., & Jones, J. M. (2018). Does anyone else look familiar? Influencing identification decisions by asking witnesses to re-examine the lineup. Law and Human Behavior, 42(4), 306-320.

Eisen, M. L., Skerrit‐Perta, A., Jones, J. M., Owen, J., and Cedré, G. C. (2017) Pre‐admonition suggestion in live showups: When witnesses learn that the cops caught ‘the’ guy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31(5), 520–529. 

Eisen, M. L., Smith, A. M., Olaguez, A. P., & Skerritt-Perta, A. S. (2017). An examination of showups conducted by law enforcement using a field-simulation paradigm. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 23(1), 1-22.

Eisen, M. L., Gabbert, F., Ying, R., & Williams, J. (2016). “I think he had a tattoo on his neck”: How co-witness discussions about a perpetrator's description can affect eyewitness identification decisions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6(3), 274-282.

Eisen, M. L. Dodson, B. & Dohi, G. (2014). Probative or Prejudicial: Can Gang Evidence Trump Reasonable Doubt? UCLA Law Review, Discourse

Eisen, M.L., Lorber, B., Perez, C, & Uchishiba, H. (2013). Using an Individual Differences Approach to Examine Two Distinct Types of Suggestibility Effects. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(2), 2-11.

Eisen, M. L., Wandrey, L., Drachman, D., Clement, A Groskop, C, and Enoch, R. (2012). Examining the Prejudicial Effects of Gang Evidence on Jurors. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 13(1).

Chae, Y., Goodman, G. S., Eisen, M. L., and Qin, J. J. (2011). Event memory and suggestibility in abused and neglected children: Trauma-related psychopathology and cognitive functioning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 110, 520-538.

Eisen, M. L. (2009). A review of Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in war veterans. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 51(4), 409-410.

Eisen, M. L., Oustinovskaya, M. & Kistroian, V., Mickes, L. and Morgan, D. M. (2008). The effect of question format on event memory and suggestibility. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 56(2), 198-213.

Sayfan, L., Mitchell, E. B., Goodman, G. S., Eisen, M.L. & Qin, J. J. .(2008) Children’s expressed emotions when disclosing maltreatment. Child Abuse and Neglect. 32 (11), 1026-1036.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. & Davis S. L. (2007). Maltreated Children’s Memory: Accuracy, Suggestibility and Psychopathology. Developmental Psychology. 43(6) 1279-1294.

Lorber, W, Morgan, D, Eisen, M. L. Barak, T, Perez, C, Crosbie-Burnett, M. (2007). Patterns of cohesion in the families of offspring of addicted parents: Examining a nonclinical sample of college students. Psychological Reports,101(3) 881-895.

Eisen, M. L., Morgan, D. M, & Mickes, L. (2002). Individual differences in eyewitness memory: Examining relations between acquiescence, attention and resistance to misleading information. Personality and Individual Differences.33(4), 553-571.

Ghetti, S., Goodman, G. S. Eisen, M. L. Qin, J. J., & Davis., S. L. (2002). Consistency in children’s reports of sexual and physical abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect. 26(9), 977-995.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. & Davis S. L. (2002). Memory and suggestibility in maltreated children: Age stress arousal, dissociation, & Psychopathology. Journal of Experimental and Child Psychology. 83 (3), 167-212.

Eisen, M. L. & Winograd, G. (2001). Individual differences in eyewitness suggestibility. Eisen, M. L., Quas, J & Goodman, G. S. Memory and Suggestibility in the Forensic Interview. (Eds.), Cambridge MA:Earlbaum.

Eisen, M. L., Morgan, D. M, & Mickes, L. (2002). Individual differences in eyewitness memory: Examining relations between acquiescence, attention and resistance to misleading information. Personality and Individual Differences.33(4), 553-571.

Eisen, M. L. &  Lynn, S. J. (2001). Dissociation and memory in adults and children. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15(7), 49-74.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. & Davis S. L. (1999). Individual Differences in maltreated children’s memory and suggestibility. In L. Williams, (Ed.), Trauma and Memory, (pp. 163-189)  London: Sage.

Eisen, M. L. (1997). An integrative perspective on the dynamics of developmental psychopathology. PsycCRITIQUES (originally Contemporary Psychology). 42(12) 1127-1128.

Eisen, M. L. (1998). Review of (The handbook of emotion and memory: Research and Theory). American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. & Davis S. L. (1998). The impact of dissociation on maltreated children’s memory and suggestibility. Psychological Hypnosis.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., (1998). Trauma, memory, and Suggestibility in children.  Development and Psychopathology. 10, 717-738.

Eisen, M. L., & Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. & Davis S. L. (1998). Memory and suggestibility in maltreated children: New Research relevant to evaluating allegations of abuse (163-189). In S. J. Lynn, (Ed.), Truth in Memory, New York: Guilford.

Eisen, M. L., & Carlson, E, B., (1998). Individual differences in suggestibility: Examining the effects of dissociation, absorption and a history of child abuse. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 12, 47-61.

Eisen, M. L. (1996). The relationship between memory, suggestibility and hypnotic responsivity. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 39(2) 126-137.

Eisen, M. L. (1996). Review of (Essentials of Hypnosis). American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 38(4) , 300-301.

Eisen, M. L. (1995). Review of (The Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis). Clinical Psychology Review, 18(6) 369-370.

Eisen, M. L., and Macur-Brousil, R. (1995). Ethical and Practical issues in the assessment of allegations of sexual abuse.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 4(4), 123-128.

Fowers, B. J. and Eisen, M. L. (1994). Cardiac change scale: A brief, self-report research measure. Current Psychology,  13(2), 185-192.

Eisen, M. L. (1993). Assessing the hypnotic susceptibility of college students from addictive families. Contemporary Hypnosis, 10(1), 1-17.

Crosbie-Burnett, M. and Eisen, M. L. (1992). Simulated divorced and remarried families: An experiential teaching technique. Family Relations, 41(1), 54-58.

Crosbie-Burnett, M. and Eisen, M. L. (1992). School counseling training programs in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Counselor, 10(2), 32-35.

Eisen, M. L. (1989). Assessing differences in children with learning disabilities and normally achieving children with a new measure of creativity. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 22(7), 462-464.

 

 

Understanding 288 Cases.  Training for the Los Angeles County Public Defender (January, 2014)

 

Handling Cases of Sexual Abuse. Training for the LA Public Defender, Torrance Branch (December, 2013).

 

Eyewitness Identification. Training for the San Francisco Public Defender. (June 2013).

 

Eyewitness Identification. Training for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender (May, 2013)

 

Understanding Eyewitness Identification: Training for the San Diego Public Defender. (December 2013).

 

Eyewitness Memory: Training for the Torrance Branch of the Lo Angeles, County Public Defender (September, 2013)

 

 

Eyewitness Memory: Training for the Torrance Branch of the Lo Angeles, County Public Defender (May, 2013).

 

Eyewitness identification: Best practices to get the bad guy and reduce the risk of misidentification. Open forum of the California Forensic Science Institute. (June 2011).

 

Child sexual abuse and the forensic investigation. Invited address to BIT’s 2nd Annual World Congress of Forensics.  Chongqing, China (October, 2011) .

 

Eyewitness memory and suggestibility in the courtroom. Invited training for the Riverside County Public Defender’s office (January, 2011).

 

Trauma, memory and suggestibility and disclosures of abuse. Presented at The 13th annual conference of the Partnership between the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court & California State University, Los Angeles. (October, 2008).

 

The Fair Administration of Criminal Justice in California Understanding Eyewitness Memory: The Current State of the Science. Invited presentation for the Woman’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (June 2007).

 

Advances in Research and Practice Related to Identification Procedures: 6-packs, Line-ups and Show-ups. Invited training session for the detectives at Covina Police Department, (October, 2006).

 

Expert Testimony in the Area of Eyewitness Memory. Brownbag/Workshop presentation for the Van Nuys Law Offices of the Public Defender (October, 2006).

 

Trauma, memory and suggestibility: An examination of current research related to disclosures of abuse. Presented at The 11th annual conference of the Partnership between the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court & California State University, Los Angeles. (September, 2006).

 

Memory and Suggestibility in Maltreated Children. Invited Keynote address at the Bial Foundations 2nd Annual Meeting on the Brain and Beyond, Porto, Portugal (May, 2006).

 

Consultation and Testimony in the Area of Eyewitness memory. Invited presentation for the California Public Defenders Association (October, 2005).

 

Consistency of Children’s Disclosure of Abuse. Presented at The 10th annual conference of the Partnership between the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court & California State University, Los Angeles. (November, 2005, 2004).

 

Trauma, Memory and Suggestibility in Children. Presented at The 9th annual conference of the Partnership between the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court & California State University, Los Angeles. (October, 2004).

 

The current science and practice in the construction of line-ups and photo arrays. Invited workshop presented to the South East Area Detective’s Operations Support Division, Los Angeles CA (2002)

 

Interviewing for trial. Invited law enforcement training session on interviewing children when allegations of sexual abuse are made. Presented at the Stuart House at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (2002).

 

Understanding Eye-witness testimony. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the California Public Defenders Association. Monterey, CA (October, 2000)

 

Understanding the effects of dissociation and trauma on memory. Invited workshop presented to the clinical staff of UCLA Santa Monica Hospital’s Rape Crisis Center and Stuart House (February 1998).

 

Assessing reports of maltreatment and children’s competence to testify in court: Understanding the role of memory and cognitive development.. (Co presented with Tom Lyons). Workshop presented at The Fourth annual conference of the partnership between the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court & California State University, Los Angeles. (October, 1998).

 

Selected Conference Presentations

 

Eisen, M.L. (2011). Bias against gang affiliated defendants: A case for reverse jury nullification. Paper presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Los Angeles, CA

 

Eisen, M. L. (Chair: 2011)  Eye-witnesses evidence, false memories and false confessions: Research that policy makers need to understand and consider.  Symposium presented at the 91st annual meeting of the Western Psychological AssociationLos Angeles, CA.

 

Eisen, M. L. Arrendondo, P, Barak, T.,Wandry, L, Riter, A., and Valenzuela, A.   (2007). The effects of plausibility and retention interval on eyewitness conformity. Paper presented at the 7th biennial meeting of the Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Lewiston Maine.

 

Eisen, M. L., Perez, C., Ushibishi, H, Montes, O. & Ritter, A. (2005). The Effects of Subtle Disconfirming Feedback on Line-up Decisions and Eyewitness Confidence Judgments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, La Jolla, CA..

 

Eisen, M. L., Uchishiba, H., & Gonzalez, C. (2004). False IDs in Biased Photo Arrays: Can the Sequential Method Still Reduce False IDs When Line-up is Poorly Constructed?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Scottsdale AZ.

 

Eisen, M., L., Mickes, L., Morgan, D. Y. (June, 2001). Imagination inflation with complex verbal events. In Mazzoni (Chair) The effect of imagination in creating false autobiographical beliefs and memories Fourth Biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Memory and Cognition. Kingston, Ontario

 

Eisen, M., L., Mickes, L., Morgan, D. Y. (Jan, 2001). The forensic relevance of the imagination inflation effect: Can we really alter confidence ratings for recent complex events? Australia’s First Annual Conference on Forensic Psychology. Sydney Australia

 

Eisen, M. L. (March, 2000). Imagination inflation: A debate and discussion of the phenomenon and methods used to examine it. Chair/moderator M. Eisen. Symposium presented at the Biennial meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society.

 

Eisen, Lorber, B, Kistroian, R. & Morgan, D. (Nov. 1999). Using an individual differences approach to examine different types of suggestibility.  Paper presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

 

Eisen, M. L., Cardeneas, E., Kistorian, V., Yu, T, & Tirtibudi, P. (1999).  Individual differences in college students resistance to misleading information. In M. L. Eisen (Chair) Individual Differences in Suggestibility and Memory Distortion. Paper presented at the 3rd biennial meeting of the Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Boulder Colorado.

 

Eisen, M. L., Yu, S., & Tirtirbudi, P. (1998).  The role of social factors in mediating between Hypnotizability, dissociation, and Suggestibility. In M. L. Eisen (Chair) Suggestibility and false memories: Hypnotic and non-hypnotic shaping factors. Symposium presented at the 106th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.  San Francisco, CA

 

Eisen, M. L., Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. and Davis, S. L. (1998). The effects of stress and psychopathology on memory in maltreated children. In Eisen, M. L. and Fivush, R. (Chairs). Childhood trauma and memory. Symposium presented at the 10th biannual meeting of the American Psychology and Law Society, Redondo Beach, CA.

 

Eisen, M. L., & Carlson, E. B.  (1997). The development and validation of a measure of post traumatic stress for young children. In Carlson, E. B. (Chair) Assessing trauma. Symposium presented at the 13th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic stress studies. Montreal, CA.

 

Eisen M. L., (Chair: 1997)  False memories: Ethical and practical issues in handling memories of abuse. Symposium presented at the 105th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.

 

Eisen, M. L., Carlson, E.B., Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. and Davis, S. L. (1997). Individual differences in memory and suggestibility. In E. Winograd (chair) Individual differences in false memory formation. Symposium presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Memory and Cognition, Toronto, CA.

 

Eisen, M. L., Goodman, G. S., Qin, J. and Davis, S. L. (1996). Characteristics of maltreated children that influence memory, suggestibility, and consistency of abuse reports across interviews. In Eisen, M. (Chair) Controversies surrounding interviews of abused children: Memory, suggestibility, and the use of anatomical dolls. Symposium to be conducted at the 12th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, San Francisco, CA.

 

Eisen, M. L., Goodman, G. S., and Jainjain Qin (1995, November). Child witnesses: Dissociation, memory and suggestibility in abused children.  In M. Eisen (Chair), Hypnosis and the law.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Austin TX.

 

Eisen, M. L., and Henn-Haas, C. (1995, November). Suggestibility for events in and out of the context of hypnosis.  In S. Lynn (Chair), Memory, Pseudomemory and Hypnosis.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Austin TX.

 

Eisen, M. L., Henn-Haas, C., Benson, H. B., Nash, I. E., Conlin, B. L., Minor, M. A., Wasilkus, T. J., and Mathews, B. J (1995, August). Memory and suggestibility for events in and out of hypnosis. Paper presented at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, NY, NY.

 

Eisen, M. L.(Chair) (1995, August). Hypnotic and non-hypnotic influences on memory.  Symposia conducted at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, NY, NY.

 

Eisen, M. L., and Goodman, G. S. (1995, May). The impact of dissociation, trauma and stress arousal on the memory and suggestibility of abused and neglected children. In F. Morrison (Chair), Children’s memory: Implications for testimony.  Symposium conducted at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting,

        Chicago, IL.

 

Eisen, M. L. (1995). Memory and Suggestibility for events occurring in hypnotic and waking states. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, San Diego, CA.

 

Eisen, M. L., Anderson, A., Cooper, T., Horton, M., & Stenzel, C. (1994, August). Repeated child abuse, parental addictions, interpersonal trust and hypnotizability. Paper presented at the 102nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Los Angeles, California.

 

Eisen, M. L., Anderson, A., Cooper, T., Horton, M., & Stenzel, C. (1994, August). The role of Suggestibility and Memory in Hypnotizability.  Paper presented at the 102nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Los Angeles, California.

 

Eisen, M. L.(Chair) (1993, August). Moral responsibility and multiple personality disorder.  Symposia conducted at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto Canada.

 

Eisen, M. L., Dandes, H., & Crosbie-Burrnett, M. (1991, November). Cohesion and adaptability in the families of origin of adult children of alcoholics. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Denver, Colorado.

 

Eisen, M. L. (1991, November). Differential childhood antecedents of dissociation and hypnotic susceptibility. Presented at the 8th International Conference on Multiple Personality/Dissociative States, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Eisen, M. L. and Wougamuth, W. (1991, August). Assessing the hypnotic susceptibility of children from addictive families. Paper presented at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.

 

Eisen, M. L. (1990, October). Assessing the creative abilities of children with learning disabilities. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Learning Disabilities, Austin, Texas.

 

 

Editorial work

Ad hoc Reviewer

Memory

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Law and Human Behavior

Child Development

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Child Abuse and Neglect

International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

 

Multiple Grant Reviews

National Science Foundation.

 

 

 

Manuscripts in Preparation  

 

Eisen, M. L., Perez, C., Ushibishi, H, Montes, O. & Ritter, A. (2005). The Effects of Subtle Disconfirming Feedback on Line-up Decisions and Confidence Judgments

 

Eisen, M. L., Mickes, L.,  Perez, C., Uchishiba, H. . Examining the imagination inflation effect for forensically relevant, personally experienced events.

 

Eisen, M. L., (In revision). The development and validation of a measure of posttraumatic stress for young children.

 

 

Research Grants

The impact of dissociation, trauma, and stress arousal on the memory and suggestibility of abused and neglected children.

National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect

M. L. Eisen Principal Investigator

1994-1997

$360,000 (including 18.5% indirect costs)

 

Teaching

 

Fall 1997-Current: Professor of Psychology, California State University at Los Angeles. Director of Forensic Psychology Program.

 

Fall 1993-Fall 1998- Lecturer, Northwestern University

 

Fall 1995-Teaching Faculty, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 

Spring 1994-Current Associate Core Faculty, Illinois School of Professional Psychology. 

 

7/93- 8/97  Diagnostic Supervisor & Director of research, Mt. Sinai Hospital: Under the Rainbow Unit

Supervising the clinical and diagnostic work of doctoral level practicum students, interviewing children and the families regarding allegations of maltreatment, and directing all research on the unit,  and teaching seminars on forensic interviewing, psychological testing, report writing, hypnosis, cognitive-behavior therapy, and family therapy.

     

Consulting Work

 

1994 - Current: Consult with Defense attorneys, Prosecutors and Law enforcement in on matters related to eyewitness memory, trauma and memory, children’s disclosures of abuse and related topics.

 

2000 - Current: Member of the Los Angeles Country Superior Court panel of expert in Eyewitness memory,

 

1997-2007:  Member of the 730 Panel of experts for the Los Angeles County Superior Juvenile and Dependency Courts (Memory, suggestibility Trauma, disclosures of abuse).

 

Previous Clinical work

 

7/93-8/97  Director of Research/Staff Psychologist at the Under the Rainbow Unit of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Duties: The inpatient and outpatient assessment of allegations of maltreatment; Serving as director of research; the clinical and diagnostic supervision of doctoral level practicum students; and individual and family therapy with maltreated children.

7/92-7/93  Doctoral Intern at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Chicago, IL.

Duties:  Inpatient based individual, group, and family therapy with severely disturbed adult and adolescent populations.  Duties also include psychological testing, outpatient treatment of patients with mood and personality disorders, and both clinical and diagnostic supervision of doctoral practicum students.

 

9/90-5/91  Psychotherapist at the Institute for Family Living, Coral Gables, FL.

Duties:  Outpatient based assessment and therapy with adult, adolescent, and child populations.  Client population included a variety of developmental, mood, and personality disorders.  Therapy experience included individual, family and conjoint treatment.

 

9/90-5/91  Psychotherapist at the Florida International University Counseling Center, Miami, FL.

Duties:  Outpatient based assessment and therapy with an adult and adolescent population.  Client population included a variety of mood, personality, and anxiety disorders.  Duties also included psychological testing.

 

9/90-6/91  Psychotherapist at Brainard Hines Center for the treatment of sex offenders, Coral Gables, FL. .

Duties:  Outpatient based group therapy with adult male sex offenders.

 

8/87-8/89  Psychotherapist at The Center for Addictive Problems, Chicago, IL. .

Duties:  Outpatient based individual and group psychotherapy.  Client population included adults with a variety of addictions, anxiety, mood and personality disorders.  Position included extensive collaboration with the medical staff developing psychological and pharmacological therapies. Duties also included the development and implementation of in-house research evaluating the effectiveness of new treatment programs.

 

6/82-9/82  Summer internship at Chicago Reed State Mental Hospital, Chicago, IL. .

Duties:  Inpatient based diagnosis and therapy with a severely disturbed adult population.

 

2/82-5/82 Internship at Alternative Homes, Inc., Newton, Mass. 

Duties:  Inpatient psychotherapy in a community based psychiatric setting with a severely disturbed adult population.

Professional Affiliations 

Society for Applied Researching Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)

 American Psychology and Law Society (APLS)

American Psychological Society (APS)

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Psychonomic Society

American Psychological Association (APA):

APA Division 41: Psychology and the Law APA

APA Division 30--Hypnosis, (Executive Committee—member at Large)

 International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies  (ISTSS)