Kaila Bruer

Assistant Professor (Luther College); Experimental and Applied Psychology Graduate Program Chair
Ph.D (University of Regina)

Office: LC 223
E-mail: Kaila.Bruer@uregina.ca
Website: https://uregina.ca/~bruer20k/

Research interests

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

Representative Publications

Price, H. L., Bruer, K. C., Adkins, M. (2020). Using an interactive simultaneous lineup procedure can identify looking behaviour that predicts accuracy in children and adult eyewitnesses. Law and Human Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000364

Bruer, K. C., Zanette, S., Ding, X., Lyon, T. D., & Lee, K. (2019). Identifying Liars Through Automatic Decoding of Children's Facial Expressions. Forthcoming in Child Development; doi: 10.1111/cdev.13336; USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS19-30; USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 19-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3449383

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 – https://miaoqian.wixsite.com/miaoqian/news-media 

Alyssa Adams, B.A. – University of Regina

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

Darshan Panesar, B.A. – University of Toronto