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Bette L. Bottoms

Bette L. Bottoms

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Bette L. Bottoms is Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia, her M.A. from the University of Denver, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research on the accuracy of children's eyewitness testimony, techniques to improve children's reports of past events, and jurors' perceptions of children's testimony has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Professor Bottoms is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the co-editor of four books on children's eyewitness testimony, including Children, Social Science, and the Law (Cambridge University Press); Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation and Treatment(Haworth); International Perspectives on Child Abuse and Children's Testimony: Psychological Research and Law (Sage); and Child Victims, Child Witnesses: Understanding and Improving Testimony (Guilford).

Professor Bottoms is a recipient of the Saleem Shah Early Career Award for Contributions to Psychology and Law Research (sponsored by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology) and seven teaching and mentoring awards (the APA Division 2 Society for Teaching of Psychology Robert Daniel Award, American Psychology-Law Society Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, Amoco Silver Circle Teaching Award, UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year Award, UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Excellence in Teaching Award, and UIC Flame Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence). She also received the Today's Chicago Woman Foundation’s Rising Star Award for career and community contributions. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 37 and 41) and Past President of the American Psychological Association's Division 37 (Child, Youth, and Family Services) and of Division 37's Section on Child Maltreatment.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Law and Public Policy


Journal Articles:

  • Bottoms, B. L., Davis, S., & Epstein, M. E. (2004). Race and jurors’ decisions in child sexual abuse cases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 1-33.
  • Bottoms, B. L., Golding, J. G., Wiley, T., Stevenson, M., & Wozniak, J. (2007). A review of factors affecting jurors’ decisions in child sexual abuse cases. In J. D. Read, D. Ross, M. Toglia, & R. Lindsay (Eds.), The psychology of eyewitness memory. Erlbaum.
  • Bottoms, B. L., Nysse-Carris, K. L., Harris, T., & Tyda, K. (2003). Jurors’ perceptions of adolescent sexual assault victims who have intellectual disabilities. Law and Human Behavior, 27, 205-227.
  • Bottoms, B. L., Quas, J. A., & Davis, S. L. (2007). The influence of interviewer-provided social support on children’s suggestibility, memory, and disclosures. In M. E. Pipe, M. Lamb, Y. Orbach, & A. C. Cedarborg (Eds.), Child sexual abuse: Disclosure, delay and denial. Erlbaum.
  • Epstein, M. E., & Bottoms, B. L. (2002). Forgetting and recovery of abuse and trauma memories: Possible mechanisms. Child Maltreatment, 7, 210-225.
  • Perona, A., Bottoms, B. L., & Sorenson, E. (2006). Research-based guidelines for child forensic interviews. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 12, 81-130. Reprinted in V. Veith, B. L. Bottoms, & A. Perona (Eds.), Ending child abuse: New techniques for investigation prosecution and prevention. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.
  • Quas, J. A., Bottoms, B. L., Haegerich, T. M., & Nysse-Carris, K. L. (2002). Effects of victim, defendant, and juror gender on decisions in child sexual assault cases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1993-2021.

Other Publications:

  • Bottoms, B. L., Reppucci, N. D., Tweed, J., & Nysse-Carris, K. (2002). Children, psychology, and law: Reflections on past and future contributions to science and policy. In J. R. P. Ogloff & R. Roesch (Eds.), Taking psychology and law into the twenty-first century (pp. 61-117). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Bottoms, B. L., Rudnicki, A. G., & Epstein, M. A. (2007). A retrospective study of factors affecting the disclosure of childhood sexual and physical abuse. In M. E. Pipe, M. Lamb, Y. Orbach, & A. C. Cedarborg (Eds.), Child sexual abuse: Disclosure, delay and denial. Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Children, Psychology, and Law
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Laboratory in Social Psychology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Racism
  • Teaching of Psychology Practicum

Bette L. Bottoms
Department of Psychology (M/C 285)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7137
United States

  • Phone: (312) 413-2300
  • Fax: (312) 413-4122

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