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Dr. Tara Burke profile

Dr. Tara Burke

Associate Professor
EducationPhD, University of Toronto
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 556519
Areas of Expertiselaw and psychology; social psychology; alibis; juries; wrongful convictions


Dr. Burke is the Director of the Psychology and Law (PAL) Lab at Ryerson University, and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Psychology.  She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral work examined the effects of pre-trial publicity on jurors’ verdicts.

Her current research explores issues related to jury processes, jury selection, the impact of pre-trial publicity on juror’s verdicts, the use of alibi evidence, and factors leading to wrongful convictions. In addition, she is a member of a SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Grant (MCRI) exploring the role of technology in court (Cyberjustice).

In addition to her research, you will typically find her teaching Undergraduate and Graduate courses including Social Psychology, Psychology and Law, Professional Issues, and the Teaching Practicum.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Marion, S.B., & Burke, T.M. (in press). Altruistic lying in an alibi corroboration context: The effects of liking, compliance, and relationship between suspects and witnesses. Behavioral Sciences & the Law.

Marion, S. B., Kukucka, J., Collins, C., Kassin, S. M., & Burke, T. M. (2016). Lost proof of innocence: The impact of confessions on alibi witnesses. Law and Human Behavior40, 65-71.

Marion, S.B., & Burke, T.M.  (2013). False alibi Corroboration: Witnesses lie for suspects whoseem innocent, whether they like them or not. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 136-143. 

Kassin, S., Fein, S., Markus, H. & Burke, T.M. (2013).  Social psychology, 2nd Canadian Ed.  Toronto, ON: Houghton Mifflin/Nelson. 

Burke, T.M., & Marion, S.B. (2012). Alibi Witnesses. In B.L. Cutler (Ed.), Conviction of the innocent: Lessons of psychological research.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)
  • American Psychological Society (APS