Department of Psychology

Len Lecci

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Dr. Len Lecci, Professor & Director of Clinical Services at Memory Assessment and Research Services
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1995
M.A., Personality Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
B.A., Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 2072
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-7262 |

The research in my lab emphasizes the factors that influence decision making in different settings. Two areas that we are currently researching are: 1) Decision making among jurors (e.g., what determines whether jurors will attempt to influence other jurors during a deliberation), and 2) Decision making among patients as they interact with doctors (e.g., what type of information do people pay the most attention to and believe). In these research projects we are typically interested in the interaction between some individual difference variable (such as degree of pretrial bias) and an experimental variable (such as the level of certainty in a verdict, as controlled through the manipulation of evidence). Other ongoing projects in our lab include the assessment of memory functioning, with an emphasis on early detection of memory problems like dementia (see Memory Assessment and Research Services), and the creation of algorithms to better estimate validity coefficients for dichotomous outcomes.

If you have an interest in joining the lab and obtaining research experience, please contact me and/or look for the posting of interview times in early November (for the Spring semester) and April (for the fall semester).

Select Publications (underlines indicate student authors)

Terry, C., & Lecci, L. (2022). Examining cognitive performance and psychopathology in individuals undergoing parental competency evaluations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Deuschle, C., Keith, J., Dugan, K., Williams, M., Taravath, S., & Lecci, L. (2021). Baseline concussion testing increases agreement with favorable concussion safety decisions in hypothetical scenarios. Health, Education & Behavior. Online first:

Ferguson, D., & Lecci, L. (2021). Coaxing authoritarians out of the jury pool. Utah Journal of Criminal Law, 5, 26-56.

Johnson, J., Edwards, W., Pagliaro, S., & Lecci, L. (2021). Sexualized music videos desensitize Fijian women to intimate partner violence suffering: The mediating role of culpability attributions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication

Lecci, L., Freund, T. C., Ayearst, L., Sitarenios, G., Pickett, B., Crews, F. S., Dugan, K., Lange, L., Clark, A., Linz, T., Taravath, S., Williams, M., & Keith, J. (2021). Validating a short Conners CPT 3 as a Screener: Predicting self-reported CDC concussion symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology, 7, 169-181.

Williams, M., Pickett, B., Keith, J., & Lecci, L. (2021). Consideration of a neuromotor concussion subtype. International Journal of Neuropsychology and Behavioural Sciences, 2(2), 44-45.

Johnson, J., Edwards, W., Malamuth, N., & Lecci, L. (2020). “Feeling my sister’s pain:” Perceived victim suffering moderates the impact of sexualized music videos on Fijian women’s responses to men’s intimate partner violence against women. Sex Roles.

Johnson, J., Lakhan, R., Lecci, L., Dovidio, J. F., & Schellhasas, F. M. H. (2020). Trait emotional intelligence moderates the impact of failure feedback: Outgroup derogation in Fiji. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Johnson, J., & Lecci, L. (2020). Does empathy undermine justice? Moderating the impact of empathic concern for a White policeman on responses to police interracial violence. British Journal of Social Psychology: Special issue on Empathy, 59, 752-772.

Lecci, L., Williams, M., Taravath, S., Frank, H. G., Dugan, K., Page, G. R., & Keith, J. R. (2020). Validation of a concussion screening battery for use in medical settings. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 35, 265-274.

Johnson, J., Dovidio, J., & Lecci. L. (2020). Black intragroup empathic responding to police interracial violence: Effects of racial identification and victim stereotypicality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11, 579-587.

Johnson, J. D., Raj, N., Smith-Enoe, S., & Lecci, L. (2020). Receiving leniency after hurting a female norm-violator: The mediating role of victim and harm-doer empathy. Violence Against Women, 26, 1164-1187.

Johnson, J., & Lecci, L. (2020). How caring is “nullified:” Strong racial identity eliminates White participant empathy effects when police shoot an unarmed Black male. Psychology of Violence, 10, 58-67.

Mirabito, L. A. & Lecci, L. (2020) The impact of anti-gay bias on verdicts and sentencing with gay defendants. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services,33(1), 32-55. doi:10.1080/10538720.2020.1830220