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Thomas D. Lyon

Thomas D. Lyon

Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Thomas D. Lyon’s research interests include child witnesses, child maltreatment and domestic violence. He teaches courses in Evidence, Law and Psychology, and Child Interviewing. Professor Lyon oversees the USC Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center which focuses on the maltreatment of children and identifies ways of encouraging children to provide truthful information about abuse, with higher accuracy and reduced trauma to the child. The Lab conducts cutting-edge research on child witness testimony and is one of the only labs in the country to conduct research and forensic interviews in this field of study.

Professor Lyon is past-president of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment (Division 37) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He has published more than 60 papers in law reviews, psychology journals and books; has authored or co-authored more than 90 research presentations at psychology and law conferences; and has conducted more than 200 trainings with judges, attorneys, law professors, social workers, psychologists and reporters. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Endowment, and the Haynes Foundation.

A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Professor Lyon received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stanford University. He was an attorney for the Children’s Services Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel and a research associate at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center prior to joining USC Law in 1995.

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FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Sentinel
February 22, 2018
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour was quoted about the need to reduce gun violence overall, not just in mass shooting scenarios. “A lot of times, it is members of the Black community, truly disadvantaged Blacks, turning guns on one another and squeezing the trigger,” Armour said. “If you want to reduce that rate of violence, focus on the social inequalities.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
December, 2017

"Becoming Black, Becoming Free: Law, Race, Slavery and Freedom in the Americas" (with Alejandro de la Fuente),  Cambridge University Press (forthcoming Fall 2019).

Michael Chasalow
December, 2017

Michael Chasalow moderated a panel discussion on "What You Need to Know about the Exploding L.A. Technology Sector," USC Gould Institute for Corporate Counsel, Los Angeles, CA.

Gillian Hadfield
December, 2017

Gillian Hadfield's paper, "Privatizing Law: Is Rule of Law an Equilibrium Without Private Ordering?," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for the Law & Economics eJournal.