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Kaila Bruer

Assistant Professor (Luther College)
PhD (University of Regina)

Office: LC 223

Current classes
Fall 2021 - PSYC 220, PSYC 321

Research interests

  • children as witnesses
  • children’s honesty
  • recognition and recall memory
  • eyewitness identification
  • reliability of witness testimony

Representative Publications

Bruer, K. C., Price, H. L., Harvey, M.*, & Adams, A*. (2017). Judicial discussion of eyewitness identification evidence. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 49(4), 209-220. doi:  10.1037/cbs0000084

Bruer, K. C., Fitzgerald, R. J., Price, H. L., & Sauer, J. D. (2017). How sure are you that this is the man you saw? Using confidence judgments to identify a target with child eyewitnesses. Law and Human Behavior, 41(6), 541-555. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000260

Bruer, K. C. & Price, H. L. (2017). A repeated forced-choice lineup procedure provides suspect bias information with no cost to accuracy for older children and adults. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31(5), 448-466. doi: 10.1002/acp.3342

Bruer, K. C, Price, H. L. & Dahl, L. C. (2017). When an alibi is not enough: An exploration of evidence needed for mock investigators to lay charges in a robbery case. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32(2), 94-104. doi: 10.1007/s11896-016-9209-6

Bruer, K. C., Price, H. L., & Phenix, T. L. (2016). The “magical” effect of integration on autobiographical memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(4), 591-599. doi: 10.1002/acp.3232

Bruer, K., Fitzgerald, R. J., Therrien, N. M., & Price, H. L. (2015). Lineup member similarity influences the effectiveness of a salient rejection option for eyewitnesses. Psychiatry Psychology, & Law, 22, 124-133. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2014.919688

Bruer, K., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2014a). Familiarity and recall memory for environments: A comparison of children and adults. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35(4), 318-325. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2014.05.002

Bruer, K., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2014b). Does speed indicate lineup identification accuracy? Examining Children's and Adults' Reaction Time. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 32, 1-20.

Bruer, K., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2014c). Influence of eyewitness age and recall error on juror decision making. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19(2), 332-348. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12001

Pozzulo, J. D., Pettalia, J. L., Bruer, K., & Javaid, S*. (2014). Eyewitness age and familiarity with the defendant: Influential factors in mock jurors' assessment of guilt. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 32, 39-51.

Pozzulo, J. D., Dempsey, J., Bruer, K., & Sheahan, C. (2012). The culprit in target-absent lineups: Understanding young children’s false positive responding. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 27(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1007/s11896-011-9089-8.


Current Collaborators

Dr. Heather L. Price – Thomson Rivers University, Department of Psychology

Dr. Angela D. Evans – Brock University, Department of Psychology

Dr. Kang Lee – University of Toronto, Dr. Erick Jackman Institute for Child Studies

Dr. Thomas D. Lyon – University of Southern California, Gould School of Law  

Dr. Xiaopan Ding – National University of Singapore, Department of Psychology

Dr. Emily Pica – Austin Peay State University

Dr. Tom Phenix – Campion College, University of Regina

Current Student Collaborators

Sarah Zanette, M.A. – University of Toronto

Miao Qian, M.Sc. – University of Toronto – 

Alyssa Adams, B.A. – University of Regina

Madison B. Harvey, B.A. – Simon Fraser University

Darshan Panesar, B.A. – University of Toronto