Kimberly MacLin

Department of Psychology
Faculty - Professor of Psychology


Psychology and Law


Ph.D. University of Nevada-Reno

Research Interests

Criminal Stereotypes

Eyewitness Memory

Racial Categorization


Faculty Senate (2012-2015); LAC Category 5 Committee (2011-2013); CSBS Community Engagement Committee (2011-2012); Member, School Improvement Advisory Committee, Waterloo Community School District (2011-2013); Reviewer, National Science Foundation; Diversity Trainer, Department of Correctional Services, Waterloo, IA; Expert Witness Consultation

Selected Publications

View and download my publications at ResearchGate 

MacLin, O. H., & MacLin, M. K. (2011) The role of racial markers in race perception and racial categorization. In R. Adams, N. Ambady, K. Nakayama, & S. Shimojo (Eds.). The Science of Social Vision. Oxford University Press.

MacLin, M. K. (2010). Schemas in conversation: A situated social cognition approach.  Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

MacLin, O. H., Tapscott, R., & MacLin, M. K. (2010). Face recognition in context: A case study of tips on a call-in crime TV show. North American Journal of Psychology, 12(3).

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M .K., DeSoto, M. C., Hitlan, R. T., & Williams, J. E. (2009). Using the DELPHI method to collect feedback on students’ perceptions of teaching quality. Universitas, 5(1)..

MacLin, M. K., Downs, C., MacLin, O. H., & Caspers, H. (2009). The effect of defendant facial expression on mock juror decision-making: The power of remorse. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 323-332.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K., Peterson, D., Chowdry, O., & Joshi, P. (2009). Social psychophysics: Using psychophysics to answer “Social“ questions with PsychoPro. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 623-632.

Zarate, M., Stoever, C., MacLin, M. K., & Chavez, C. (2008). Neurocognitive underpinnings of face perception: Further evidence of distinct person and group processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(1), 108-115.

MacLin, M. K., MacLin, O. H., & Albrechtsen, J. S. (2006). Using image manipulation to construct fair lineups: The case of the Buddy Holly glasses. Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, 4(1), 16-21. Available:

MacLin, M. K. & Calder, J. (2006). Interviewers' ratings of data quality in household telephone surveys. North American Journal of Psychology, 8(1), 163-170.

MacLin, M. K. & Herrera, V. (2006). The criminal stereotype. North American Journal of Psychology, 8(2), 197-208.

MacLin, O. H. & MacLin, M. K. (2005). Coding observational data: A software solution. Behavior Research Methods 37(2), 224-231.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K., & Garcia, D. (2004). Alias use among prison inmates. Journal of Police and Security Services, 2 (2), 91-99.

MacLin, O. H. & MacLin, M. K. (2004). The alias advantage and perceptions of guilt. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 138 (4), 339-349.

MacLin, O. H., & MacLin, M. K. (2004). The effect of criminality on face attractiveness, typicality, memorability and recognition. North American Journal of Psychology, 6(1), 145-154.

MacLin, M. K. (2002). The effects of exemplar and prototype descriptors on verbal overshadowing. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 16, 929-936.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K, & Malpass, R. S. (2001). Race, arousal, attention, exposure and delay: An examination of factors mediating face recognition. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 7(1), 134-152.

Solso, R. L., MacLin, O. H., & MacLin, M. K. (2008). Cognitive Psychology (8th ed). Boston, MA: Pearson. (Indonesian, Chinese, and Turkish editions)

MacLin, M. K. & Solso, R. L. (2008). Experimental Psychology: A Case Approach (8th ed). Allyn and Bacon. (Chinese, Korean, and Russian editions)

Courses Taught

Psychology & Law

Motivation & Emotion

Careers in Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Research Methods

Special Topics Seminars (e.g., Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination; Psychology and the Media; Wrongful Convictions: Psychological Perspectives; Forensic Science)


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