I’m a writer and a psychology professor. My passion is understanding history by applying psychology.

Why did political or military leaders make the decisions they did? / How did it feel to experience particular historical events? / Why were certain issues so important to some people that they were willing to die for their beliefs?


I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology and law, cognition, and memory. I also created a seminar called “Psychology and the U.S. Civil War.”

My research examines psychology and law, specifically eyewitness memory and juror decision making. I’ve published articles on the weapon focus effect, deception, confessions, and psychological harm.

Want to talk about my work as a psychology professor? Please contact me at kpickel@bsu.edu


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I’m working on a novel set during the Civil War. The story: Guided by visions she believes are sent by God, a young woman from Indiana leaves home to search for her MIA brother. She copes with gender-based discrimination by disguising herself as a soldier, and in the process she discovers personal freedom.

Want to talk about my work as a writer? Please contact me at kerri.pickel@yahoo.com