Dr. Richard Redding

Dr. Richard Redding

Professor, Ronald D. Rotunda Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Juvenile Offenders, Mentally III Offenders; Legal Education; Use of Social Science in Law and Public Policy; Scientific Evidence;
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 406
Phone: (714) 628-2688
Scholarly Works:
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Hampden-Sydney College, Bachelor of Arts
Vanderbilt University, Master of Science
Washington and Lee University, Juris Doctor
The University of Virginia, Ph.D.


Dr. Redding most recently served as the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education at Chapman University, where he also held the Wang-Fradkin Chair, which is the highest honor Chapman can bestow on a faculty member for exceptional merit in scholarly or creative activity. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Administration at the Fowler School of Law. Dr. Redding also holds appointments as Professor of Psychology in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Education in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. Previously, Dr. Redding was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, Research Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, and Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Dr. Redding's research focuses on forensic issues in criminal law and juvenile justice, the use of social science research in law and public policy, scientific evidence, and legal education.  His work in these areas is both theoretical or policy-oriented and empirical. Dr. Redding has authored close to 100 publications in leading legal and peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Law and Human Behavior, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, University of Chicago Roundtable, Utah Law Review, American University Law Review, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Washington & Lee Law Review, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Psychological Inquiry, Journal of Social Issues, and the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, as well as publications of the American Bar Association, the MacArthur Foundation, the University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, and the U.S. Justice Department. He also has co-authored or co-edited four books.

Dr. Redding is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a distinction awarded "in recognition of outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology." He also is Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, for "sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology," and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He has received awards for his work from the American-Psychology Law Society and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences, and his work is widely cited (more than 6,000 times to date) in legal and scientific journals and treatises. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychology Public Policy and Law, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and was formerly the Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. He is the Founding President of the Society for Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science.

In addition to practicing law, Dr. Redding has worked as a clinician with children and families, has directed major research and development projects for state and federal government agencies (including the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the U.S. Air Force and Navy, and the Federal Aviation Administration), has served on juvenile justice task forces for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and served for many years as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He occasionally serves as an expert witness in cases involving juvenile offenders or scientific research evidence.

Dr. Redding received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (with honors), his M.S. from Vanderbilt University, his J.D. (with honors) from Washington and Lee University (where he was the Frances Lewis Law Fellow), and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. He clerked for the Honorable Michael W. Farrell at the D.C. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.

Courses Taught:

Criminal Law, and Criminal Law & Psychology.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Frisby, C. L., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), (2023). Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions. New York, NY: Springer.
Maranto, R., Redding, R.E., Woessner, M., & Wai, J. (2023). Does psychology’s progressive ideology affect its undergraduates?: A national test. In Frisby, C. L., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions (pp. 377-392). New York, NY: Springer.
Frisby, C.L., Redding, R.E., & O’Donohue, W.T. (2023). Ideological and political bias in psychology: An introduction. In Frisby, C. W., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions (pp. 1-16). New York, NY: Springer.
Redding, R.E. (2023). Political bias in psychology: What is to be done? In Frisby, C. L., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions (pp. 929-954). New York, NY: Springer.
Redding, R.E. (2023). Psychologists’ politics. In Frisby, C. L., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions (pp. 79-96). New York, NY: Springer.
Redding, R.E., & Satel, L. (2023). “Social justice” in psychotherapy and beyond. In Frisby, C. L., Redding, R.E., O’Donohue, W.T., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (Eds.), Ideological and political bias in psychology: Nature, Scope and Solutions. New York, NY: Springer.
Redding, R.E., & Cobb, C. (2022). Sociopolitical values as the deep culture in culturally competent psychotherapy. 10 Clinical Psychological Science 1. [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Redding, R.E. (2022). Both Democrats and Republicans show partisan bias, but which side is more biased and why does it matter? 1 Journal of Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science 1.
Redding, R.E. (2020). Sociopolitical values: The neglected factor in culturally-competent psychotherapy. In L. Benuto, M. Duckworth, A. Masuda, & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Prejudice, stigma, privilege, and oppression: A behavioral health handbook. New York: Springer.
Redding, R.E. Ronald D. Rotunda (1945-2018): A giant in the law whose likes we will not see again. 22 Chapman Law Review, 261-266 (2019).
Redding, R.E. One Size Does Not Fit All: The Deterrent Effect of Transferring Juveniles to Criminal Court. 15 Criminology & Public Policy (2016).
Redding, R.E. The Legal Academy Under Erasure. 64 Catholic Univ. L . Rev. 359 (2015).
Redding, R.E. (2014). Lost in translation no more: Marketing evidence-based policies for reducing juvenile crime. In N. Dowd (Ed.), A New Juvenile Justice: Total Reform for a Broken System. New York: NYU Press.
Redding, R.E., & Hensl, K.B. Knowledgeable judges make the difference: Judicial beliefs affect juvenile court transfer decisions. Juvenile & Family Court Journal (2011, Summer). [Peer-Reviewed Journal.]
Dill, K., Redding, R., Smith, P., Surette, R, & Cornell, D. Recurrent issues in efforts to prevent homicidal youth violence in schools: Expert opinions. New Directions in Youth Development 113 (2011, Spring). [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Herbert, J.A., & Redding, R.E. (2011, Sept./Oct.). When the "shrinks" ignore science, sue them. Skeptical Inquirer, 1-4. [Peer-Reviewed Popular Press Journal.]
Redding, R.E. Without a prayer?: Spirituality and law school performance-A reply to Professor Taylor. 47 California Western Law Review 101 (2010).
Maranto, R., & Redding, R.E. The president’s brain (no, not Karl Rove): How Bush’s psyche shaped his decision making. In R. Maranto (Ed.), Judging Bush. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press (2009).
Dolores, J., & Redding, R.E. The effects of different forms of risk communication on judicial decision making. 8 International Journal of Forensic Mental Health 1 (2009). [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Redding, R.E. Evidence-based sentencing: The science of sentencing policy and practice. 1 Chapman Journal Criminal Justice 1 (2009).
Sharp, I., Herbert, J.A., & Redding, R.E. The role of critical thinking skills in practicing psychologists’ theoretical orientation and choice of intervention technique. 6 Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice 21 (2008) [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Mulford, C., & Redding, R.E. Training the parents of juvenile offenders: State of the art and recommendations for service delivery. 17 Journal of Child & Family Studies 629 (2008). [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Redding, R.E. It’s really about sex: Same-sex marriage, lesbigay parenting, and the psychology of disgust. 18 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 101 (2008).
Redding, R.E., Herbert, J.D., Forman, E.M., & Gaudiano, B.A. Popular self-help books for anxiety, depression, and trauma: How scientifically grounded and useful are they? 39 Professional Psychology: Research & Practice 537 (2008). [Peer-Reviewed Journal].
Redding, R.E. Book Review: "Juris Types: Learning Law Through Self-Understanding." 58 Journal of Legal Education 312 (2008).
Redding, R.E. Juvenile transfer laws: An effective deterrent to delinquency? Juvenile Justice Bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice (2008).