Dr. Christine Ruva

Dr. Christine Ruva USFSM

Title: Professor

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Phone: 941-359-4629

Email: ruva@usf.edu

Office: SMC B310

Dr. Christine L. Ruva is a Professor of Psychology and area chair. She held the position of Assistant Professor on the University’s Tampa campus from August 2001 to 2003. In December 2001, Dr. Ruva obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of South Florida in the area of Cognitive and Neural Sciences. She taught a variety of psychology courses as a graduate student on the Tampa campus earning three awards for teaching excellence. Dr. Ruva obtained her BA from the University of Tampa. After receiving her BA degree she worked as a probation and parole officer for the state of Florida where she held the position of sex offender specialist.

Broadly construed, Dr. Ruva’s research interests fall in the area of Psychology and Law. More specifically, her research focuses on applying principles of memory, social perception, and group decision-making to the areas of jury decision-making and eyewitness testimony. Dr. Ruva’s dissertation focused on the effects of negative pretrial publicity and jury deliberation (collaborative memory) on a juror’s ability to discriminate between information obtained during trial and information gained prior to trial (source monitoring). Her thesis focused on jurors’ perceptions of a child eyewitness as a function of age and speech style. Her current research continues to examine the effects of both positive and negative pretrial publicity on jury decision making and how the deliberation process is affected by exposure to pretrial publicity.

Dr. Ruva resides in Dunedin, Florida with her husband Ken Banas, an electrical engineer, and their two Bichon Frises. When not working they enjoy biking the Pinellas Trail, taking their dogs to Dog Beach and camping in their RV.


Herald-Tribune article focusing on student researchers' work in Dr. Ruva's Psychology and Law Laboratory: http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180706/usfsm-internship-program-offers-analyzes-jury-bias

Ruva, C.L. (2018). Bias, pretrial publicity, and deliberation. Excited Utterance Evidence and Proof Podcast. The host of this program is Edward Cheng, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. https://www.excitedutterancepodcast.com/listen/

Ruva, C. L. (2018). From the headlines to the jury room: An examination of the impact of pretrial publicity on jurors and juries. In M. K. Miller and B. H. Bornstein (Eds.). Advances in Psychology and Law. New York, NY: Springer.

Ruva, C. L., & Guenther, C. C. (2017). Keep your bias to yourself: How deliberating with differently biased others affects mock-jurors’ guilt decisions, perceptions of the defendant, memories, and evidence interpretation. Law and Human Behavior, 41(5), 478-493. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000256

Ruva, C. L. (2016). The impact of pretrial publicity and need for cognition on mock-jurors’ decisions and deliberation behavior. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 6(1): 20-31 doi: 10.5923/j.ijpbs.20160601.04

Ruva, C. L., & Guenther, C. C. (2015). From the shadows into the light: How pretrial publicity and deliberation affect mock jurors’ decisions, impressions, and memory. Law and Human Behavior, 39(3), 294-310. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000117

Ruva, C. L., Dickman, M. C, & Mayes, J. L. (2014). Exposure to both positive and negative pretrial publicity effects juror bias and source memory errors. Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 4 (1). 30-40 DOI: 10.5923/j.ijpbs.20140401.05

Edwards, J. D., Ruva, C. L., O’Brien, J. L., Haley, C. B., Lister, J. J. (2013). An examination of mediators of the transfer of cognition speed of processing training to everyday functional performance. Psychology and Aging, 28, 314-321. doi: 10.1037/a0030474

Ruva, C. L. & Gagnon, E. (2013). Pretrial publicity and juror age affect juror decision making. Psychology, Crime, & Law. 19, 179-202. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.616509

Ruva, C. L., Mayes, J. L., Dickman, M.C., & McEvoy, C. (2012). Timing and type of pretrial publicity affect jurors’ decisions, predecisional distortion, and emotion. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 2, 108-119.doi: 10.5923/j.ijpbs.20120204.06

Ruva, C. L., Guenther, C. C., & Yarbrough, A (2011). Deciphering the effects of positive and negative ptp: examining the roles of impression formation, emotion and predecisional distortion. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 511-534, DOI: 10.1177/0093854811400823

Ruva, C.L. (2011). Pretrial publicity affects jury decision making. In Carla E. Wilhelm (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Cognitive Psychology. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

Ruva, C. L. & LeVasseur, M. A. (2011). Behind closed doors: The effect of pretrial publicity on jury deliberations. Psychology, Crime and Law, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2010.502120

Ruva, C.L. (2010). How Pretrial publicity affects jury decision making. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

Ruva, C.L. (2010). Pretrial publicity affects jury decision making. In F. Columbus (Ed.) Perspectives on cognitive psychology. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

Ruva, C. L. & McEvoy, C. (2008). Negative and positive pretrial publicity affect juror memory and decision making. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14, 226-235. DOI: 10.1037/1076-898X.14.3.226

Ruva, C. L., McEvoy, C., & Bryant, J. B. (2007). Effects of pretrial publicity and collaboration on juror bias and source monitoring errors. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21, 45-67. doi: 10.1002/acp.1254.

Ruva, C. L. & Bryant, J. B. (2004). The impact of age, speech style, and question form on perceptions of witness credibility and trial outcome. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 1919-1944. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb02593.x