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Vivian

Rotenstein

Ph.D.
Human Development
Office

G78 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

Biography

Vivian is a 5th year PhD student in Human Development, concentrating in Law, Psychology, and Human Development, as well as Social & Personality Psychology.

She received her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Southern California, and her Master's in Developmental Psychology at Cornell.

My research applies tenets of developmental and social psychology to inform legal issues.

Developmentally, I have conducted research on children's conception and detection of lying. Within social psychology and law, I conduct research on implicit and explicit forgiveness attitudes towards ex-criminal offenders, and biases (by race, gender, etc) within criminal and civil  juror decision making and voir dire for capital punishment cases.

I am especially passionate about translational research that can impact enact community change and impact social or legal policy. 

PUBLICATIONS


Rotenstein, V., Ceci, S. (2019). Children’s Lie Conceptualization: Influence of Age, Theory of Mind, and Parenting Style. Manuscript submitted for publication.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


  • Shen, X., Rotenstein, V., Ferguson, M. (2020, February). When redemption fails: A dissociation between implicit and explicit attitudes toward a wrongdoer. Symposium: Understanding forgiveness: Development, Dynamics, and Implications. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ferguson, M., Shen, X., Rotenstein, V. (2020, February). When do we implicitly forgive criminals? Symposium: Psychological perspectives on why we punish (so much.) Paper presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rotenstein, V., Shen, X., Ferguson, M. (2019, February). Implicit and Explicit Evaluations of Wrongdoing. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.
  • Shen, X., Rotenstein, V., Ferguson, M., (2019, February). When redemption fails: A dissociation between implicit and explicit attitudes toward a wrongdoer. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.
  • Royer, C., Rotenstein, V., Ceci, S. (2018, June). Convictable Faces: Attributions of Future Criminality from High School Yearbook Photographs. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Rotenstein, V., Burd, K., Ceci, S. (2017, January). An Examination of Jurors’ Emotions, Case Judgments, and Verdicts in a Mock Assault Case. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Rotenstein, V., Gotlieb, R., Yang, X., Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2016, January). Adolescents’ reasoning about the community violence they have witnessed predicts subsequent empathic emotional responding to novel true stories. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Rhoads, S. A., Rotenstein, V., Yang, X., Miranda, R. R., Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2016, January). Adolescents’ resting state brain connectivity is positively related to social media use, but negatively related to non-social media use. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA
  • Rasmussen, H., Hossepian, K., Rotenstein, V., Margolin, G., Ramos, M. (2015, March). Adolescent Development of Attitudes toward Justice: The Role of Teen Court Participation. Poster presented at the Society of Research Child Development 2015 Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ramos, M., Margolin, G., Rasmussen, H., Rotenstein, V., Hossepian, K., Del Piero, L. (2014, May). Restorative versus Punitive Justice Attitudes: Influences of Empathy and Experiences of Discrimination. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Rotenstein, V., Ramos, M., Margolin, G. (2015, April). Restorative versus Punitive Justice Attitudes: Influences of Age, Gender, and Violence Exposure. Poster presented at the 2015 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly & Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rotenstein, V., Pettit, C., Hossepian, K. (2014, April). Restorative vs. Punitive Justice: A College Student's Perspective. Poster presented at the 2014 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly & Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rotenstein, V., Bansal, S., Yang, X., Immordino-Yang, M.H. (2014, April). Social Media and Non-Social Media Use are Oppositely Related to Empathic Concern in Adolescents. Poster presented at the 2014 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly & Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA.

Researcher Intern at American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Chicago, Illinois - June 2019 - August 2019 

- Worked with senior researchers on projects focused on inequity in the application of school disciplinary practices, restorative justice programming in urban school districts, and effective re-entry programming. 

- Contributed to federal grant proposal writing and qualitative coding of project data.

  • Courses I have served as a Teaching Assistant for:
    • Children and the Law (Spring 2020)
    • Memory and the Law (Fall 2019)
    • Developmental Psychopathology (Fall 2018)
    • Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood (Spring 2017, Spring, 2018)
    • Adulthood & Aging (Fall 2017)
    • Six Pretty Good Books (Fall 2016)
  • Guest Lectures Given:
    • "Adolescents in Legal Contexts" (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)

M.A. Developmental Psychology, Cornell University, 2018

B.A. Psychology, University of Southern California, 2016

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