Brooke Butler, Ph.D.
Brooke Butler, Ph.D.
Dr. Butler's research is highly applied, policy-oriented, and concerns the social psychological factors that jeopardize defendants' right to due process. Her areas of scholarship include prejudice, aggravating and mitigating circumstances, defense-attorney concessions, jurors' decision-making processes, expert testimony, individual differences, the insanity defense, post-sentence-civil commitment, judges' decision-making processes, defendant attractiveness, pretrial publicity, and the psychological pains of imprisonment.
Dr. Butler has published book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and journal articles in the American Journal of Forensic Psychology, American Psychology-Law Society News, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, the Florida Defender, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Law and Human Behavior, Psychology, Crime, and Law, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and The Jury Expert. In 2007 and 2008, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Award at the University of South Florida-Sarasota.
Dr. Butler's research has been funded by grants from the University of South Florida as well as the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association). Her research has also been cited by CNN, Court TV, the Death Penalty Information Center, The Economist, Inter Press Service News Agency, The New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report, as well as various state and local media outlets.
Dr. Butler has conducted research for numerous high-profile trials, but currently devotes her litigation consulting practice to criminal defense work with an emphasis on mitigation, jury selection, and change-of-venue issues. Her primary foci are capital cases, defenses involving mental illness, and trials concerning police misconduct. Dr. Butler also serves as a consultant for The Innocence Project of Florida and is on the Regional Board of Directors of the Florida Capital Resource Center.
Dr. Butler is an internationally-recognized authority on both death qualification and capital pretrial publicity. She has provided expert testimony regarding their biasing effects in the following death-penalty trials: FL v. Davis, FL v. Henderson, FL v. Johnston, FL. v. King, FL v. Lugo, FL v. Murphy, FL v. Myers, FL v. Ross, FL v. Smith, and NH v. Brooks.
Dr. Butler is currently a Student-Appointed Professor of Psychology at New College of Florida. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Florida International University, the University of North Florida, and the University of South Florida-Sarasota.
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