Amanda Charbonneau

2014 Hellman Graduate Awardee

Goldman School of Public Policy
UC Berkeley

Amanda Charbonneau, a second-year doctoral student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, originally became interested in law and psychology after noticing that law enforcement required complex decision-making and policies. “I decided to pursue further education so that I could develop the methodological skills and substantive knowledge that would allow me to contribute to the growing body of research on legal decision-making,” Charbonneau says.

At the Goldman School of Public Policy she studies the role of social cognition in law enforcement. She is particularly interested in learning how policies, training, and practices affect a police officer’s decisions. Charbonneau is currently studying the psychology of criminal suspicion and the role it plays in legal decision-making, and analyzing law enforcement policies on the use of force and civilian stops.