Nancy K Steblay


Nancy Steblay joined the Augsburg College Faculty in 1988.

Recent courses:  Psychology and Law; Research Methods I; Advanced Research Seminar; Introduction to Psychology; Psychology Lab; Honors 250 (Decision-making).

Primary research interests: The reliability of eyewitness identification and eyewitness evidence procedures; courtroom evidence topics (alibis, inadmissible evidence, pre-trial publicity).

Advisor: Psychology and Law Concentration

Brief Biography

Nancy Steblay, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Augsburg College. As a forensic experimental psychologist, Dr. Steblay has conducted research on eyewitness memory for 20+ years and has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and chapters on eyewitness topics. She serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and multiple science journals, and is a member of the Editorial Boards of Law and Human Behavior and Applied Cognitive Psychology. Audiences for recent professional presentations have included prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, policymakers, and forensic scientists.

Dr. Steblay has worked with law enforcement to implement revised field lineup identification procedures based on eyewitness science. Her field and laboratory experiments are funded by the National Institute of Justice. She is currently a part of the scientific team for a national study of eyewitness field lineup procedures conducted by the American Judicature Society.


  • B.A. Bemidji State University
  • M.A. University of Montana
  • Ph.D. University of Montana

Selected Publications in Psychology and Law

  • Steblay, N.K., & Phillips, J. (in press). The not-sure response option in sequential lineup practice. Applied Cognitive Psychology. doi: 10.1002/acp.1755
  • Steblay, N.K., & Loftus, E. F. (in press). Eyewitness memory and the legal system. In Shafir, E. (Ed.) The Behavioral Foundations of Policy. Princeton University Press & Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Steblay, N.K. (in press). How I got started: Field experiments, meta-analysis, and eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
  • Steblay, N.K. (June, 2011). A Second Look at the Illinois Pilot Program: The Evanston Data. The Champion, 10-15.
  • Steblay, N.K., Dietrich, H.L., Ryan, S.L., Raczynski, J.L., & James, K.A. (2011). Sequential lineup laps and eyewitness accuracy, Law and Human Behavior, 35, 262-274. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9236-2
  • Steblay, N.K., Dysart, J. E., & Wells, G.L. (2011). Seventy-two tests of the sequential lineup superiority effect: A meta-analysis and policy discussion. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 17 (1), 99-139. doi: 10.1037/a0021650
  • Steblay, N.K. (2011). What we know now: The Evanston Illinois lineups, Law and Human Behavior, 35, 1, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10979-009-9207-7
  • Steblay, N.K. (2010). Improving the Accuracy of Eyewitness Evidence. Chapter in Inside the Minds: Adapting to New Eyewitness Identification Procedures. Boston: Aspatore Books/ ThompsonWest Publishing.
  • Steblay, N., & Loftus, E.F., (2010). Eyewitness memory. In Goldstein, E.B. (Ed.)Encyclopedia of Perception. Sage Reference, Sage Publications.
  • Steblay, N.K. (2009). Maintaining the reliability of eyewitness evidence: After the lineup.Creighton Law Review, 42 (4), 643-654.
  • Steblay, N. (2008). Eyewitness identification, field studies. In Cutler, B.L., (Ed.)Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Sage Reference, Sage Publications.
  • Steblay, N. (2008). Juries and inadmissible evidence. In Cutler, B.L., (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Sage Reference, Sage Publications.
  • Steblay, N. (2008). Commentary on “Studying eyewitness investigations in the field”: A look forward. Law and Human Behavior, 32, 11-15.
  • Steblay, N. (2007). A little advice and much encouragement for future field lineup studies.Promoting Effective Homicide Investigations. Police Executive Research Forum: Washington D.C.
  • Steblay, N., Besirevic, J., Fulero, S., & Jimenez-Lorente, B. (2007). The effects of pretrial publicity on juror verdicts: A meta-analytic review. In Roesch, R., & Gagnon, N. (Eds.)Psychology and law: Criminal and civil perspectives. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.
  • Klobuchar, A., Steblay, N., & Caligiuri, H. (2006). Improving eyewitness identifications: Hennepin County’s Blind Sequential Lineup Pilot Project. Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, 4 (2), 381-413.
  • Steblay, N., (2006). Reforming eyewitness identification: Lineup identification instructions; weighing the advantages and disadvantages of show-ups versus lineups. Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, 4 (2), 341-354.
  • Douglass, A., & Steblay, N., (2006). Memory distortion in eyewitnesses: A meta-analysis of the post-identification feedback effect. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 20, 859-869.
  • Steblay, N., Hosch, H., Culhane, S., & McWethy, A., (2006). The impact on juror verdicts of judicial instruction to disregard inadmissible evidence: A meta-analysis. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 469-492.
  • Steblay, N., Dysart, J., Fulero, S., & Lindsay, R.C.L. (2003). Eyewitness accuracy rates in police showups and lineup presentations: A Meta-Analytic Comparison. Law and Human Behavior, 27, 523-540.
  • Steblay, N., Dysart, J., Fulero, S., & Lindsay, R.C.L. (2001). Eyewitness accuracy rates in sequential and simultaneous lineup presentations: A meta-analytic review. Law and Human Behavior, 25, 459-473. doi:10.1023/A:1012888715007


  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Psychology- Law Society (APA-Division 41)
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition


  • Distinguished Contributions for Excellence in Scholarship (Augsburg, 2011)

Scientific Review

Editorial Board member

  • Law and Human Behavior
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology


Nancy K Steblay


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