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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

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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