Ceci is the author of over 400 publications and the recipient of life-time awards from the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Association for Forensic Psychology. His current research activities span three lines of scholarship, each of which generate new publications every year. He is listed among the 200 most eminent psychologists of the modern era. These three lines are: 1) children & the law (suggestibility, competence to testify, deception, coerced confessions); 2) professional issues such as women in science (alleged hiring bias, sex differences in productivity) and free speech on campus; and 3) intellectual development (cross-cultural influences, schooling, intelligence, cognitive sex differences, and achievement gaps).

Every year Ceci and his lab members conduct multiple experiments on children's testimonial competence, deception, criminal faces, and developmental (and reverse developmental) suggestibility and conformity.

In 2016, along with Professor Richard D. Friedman from the University of Michigan Law School, he submitted an amicus brief to the United State Supreme Court that is based on a law review article they co-wrote in The University of Chicago Law Review.

chairs in a court room

Selected Publications

Ceci, S.J. & Williams, W.M. (in press). Who decides what is acceptable speech on campus?: A psycho-legal perspective. Perspectives in Psychological Science.

Ceci, S.J. (2018).  E.L. Thorndike Lifetime Award Address: Women in academic science: Experimental findings from hiring studies. Educational Psychologist.  DOI: 10.1080/00461520.2017.1396462

Ceci, S.J. (2016). Research on children’s recollections. In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D. J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions (pp. 194-197). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Helm, R.K., Ceci, S.J., & Burd, K. (2016). Unpacking Insanity Defense Standards-An Experimental Study of Rationality and Control Tests in Criminal Law. European Journal of Psychology Applied to the Legal Context. 8, 63-68 DOI:10.1016/j.ejpal.2016.02.004

Hritz, A., Royer, C., Helm, R., Burd, K., Ojeda, K., & Ceci, S. J. (2015). Children’s Suggestibility Research: Things to Know Before Interviewing a Child. Annual Review of Forensic Psychology.

Friedman, R. & Ceci, S. J. (2015). The child quasi witness. University of Chicago Law Review82, 89-112.  (This was also submitted as an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Clark v. Ohio).

Ceci, S.J., Williams, W.M., & Kahn, S. (Eds.) (2015). Underrepresentation of Women in Science: International and Cross-Disciplinary Evidence and Debate. Frontiers in Psychology, Special Issue.

Williams, W.M. & Ceci, S. J. (2015). National hiring experiments reveals 2-to-1 preference for women faculty on STEM tenure-track. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  112 no. 17, 5360–5365. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1418878112

Ceci, S. J., Ginther, D. K., Kahn, S., & Williams, W.M. (2014). Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.  DOI:10.1177/1529100614541236

Klemfuss, J. Z. & Ceci, S. J. (2012). Legal and psychological on children’s competence to testify in court. Developmental Review, 32, 268-286.

London, K. & Ceci, S. J. (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue: Child Witness Research. Developmental Review, Volume 32, Issue 3, 161-306.

Valla, J., Williams, W., & Ceci, S. J. (2011). The accuracy of inferences about criminality based on facial appearance. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5(1), 66-91.

Ceci, S.J., Fitneva, S. A., & Williams, W. M. (2010). Representational Constraints on the Development of Memory and Metacognition: A Developmental-Representational-Theory. Psychological Review, 117, 464-495.

Ceci, S.J., Papierno, P.B., & Kulkofsky, S.C. (2007). Representational constraints on children's suggestibility. Psychological Science, 18, 503-509.

Ceci, S. J. & Bruck, M. (2006). Children’s Suggestibility: Characteristics and Mechanisms. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 34, 247-281.

Kanaya, T., Scullin, M. & Ceci, S. J. (2003). The Flynn Effect and U.S. Policies. The Impact of Rising IQ Scores on American Society Via Mental Retardation Diagnoses. American Psychologist, Vol. 58, No. 10, 778-790.

Scullin, M. H. & Ceci, S. J. (2001). A suggestibility scale for children. Personality & Individual Differences, 30, 843-856.

Neisser, U., U., Boodoo, G., Bouchard, T., Brody, N., Ceci, S. J., Halpern, D., Loehlin, J., Perloff, R., Sternberg, R. J., & Urbina, S. (1996). Intelligence: Knowns and unknowns.American Psychologist, 51, 1-25.

Bronfenbrenner, U. & Ceci, S. J. (1994). Nature-nurture in developmental perspective: A bioecological theory. Psychological Review, 101, 568-586.