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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Lindsay C. Malloy

Associate Professor

Forensic Psychology

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

2 Simcoe Street - Room 622
Downtown Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5965
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Dr. Lindsay Malloy received her PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. She completed postdoctoral training in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, U.K. Prior to joining Ontario Tech University as an Associate Professor in 2017, she was a faculty member at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (2011 to 2017).

Her research addresses questions concerning children’s and adolescents’ disclosure of negative or traumatic experiences, cognitive and socio-contextual influences on children’s memory and narratives, investigative interviewing and interrogation techniques, and implications of research findings for the legal system. She has published her work in scholarly articles (e.g. in journals such as Developmental Psychology, Law and Human Behavior, and Child Development) and in reports and chapters for non-academic professional audiences. She is also co-editor of a 2011 volume concerning children’s testimony (Wiley). Her research has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the APA) and American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the Diane J. Willis Early Career Award from Division 37 of the APA.


  • MA, Social Ecology University of California, Irvine
  • PhD, Psychology and Social Behavior University of California, Irvine

Courses taught

  • The Child Witness
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Children and the Law

Research and expertise

Research background and interests:

  • developmental psychology and the law
  • children’s disclosure of negative or traumatic experiences
  • children’s memory, suggestibility, and eyewitness testimony
  • confessions and interrogations
  • investigative interviewing

Research supervision areas:

  • disclosure and recantation of child maltreatment allegations
  • individual differences in children’s memory and suggestibility
  • improving investigative interviews and interrogations of youth
  • factors affecting children’s honesty

Episodic Memory and Suggestibility in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2014-2017)
U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Total award: $138,888

Children’s Recantation of Adult Wrongdoing: In the Field and In the Lab (2013-2016)
U.S. National Science Foundation
Total award: $170,909

Memory and Suggestibility in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2012-2014)
Early Career Professionals Grant-in-Aid, American Psychology-Law Society
Total award: $5,000

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Maltreated and Non-Maltreated Children’s Evaluations of the Consequences of Disclosing Negative Events (2007-2008)
U.S. National Science Foundation
Total award: $9,297

Ethnic Differences in Disclosure of Sexual Abuse: A Study of Substantiated Child Protective Service Cases (2003-2005)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Total award: $50,000


  • Selected publications

    *Mugno, A.P., Malloy, L.C., Waschbusch, D. Pelham, W.E., & Talwar, V. (in press). An experimental investigation of antisocial lie-telling among children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders and typically-developing children. Child Development.

    Malloy, L.C., Orbach, Y., Lamb, M.E., & Walker, A.G. (2017). How and why prompts in forensic investigative interviews with preschool children. Applied Developmental Science, 21, 58-66.

    Malloy, L.C., *Mugno, A.P., *Rivard, J.R., Lyon, T.D., & Quas, J.A. (2016). Familial influences on recantation in substantiated child sexual abuse cases. Child Maltreatment, 21, 256-261.

    Malloy, L.C., & *Mugno, A.P. (2016). Children’s recantation of adult wrongdoing: An experimental investigation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 145, 11-21.

    *Arndorfer, A., Malloy, L.C., & Cauffman, E. (2015). Interrogations, confessions, and adolescent offenders’ perceptions of the legal system. Law and Human Behavior, 39, 503-513.

    *Pimentel, P.S., *Arndorfer, A., & Malloy, L.C. (2015). Taking the blame for someone else’s wrongdoing: The effects of age and reciprocity. Law and Human Behavior, 39, 219-231.

    Malloy, L.C., Katz, C., Lamb, M.E., & *Mugno, A.P. (2015). Children’s requests for clarification in investigative interviews with suspected victims of child sexual abuse. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 323-333.

    Malloy, L.C., Quas, J.A., Lyon, T.D., & Ahern, E.C. (2014). Disclosing adult wrongdoing: Maltreated and non-maltreated children's expectations and preferences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 124, 78-96.

    Malloy, L.C., Shulman, E.P., & Cauffman, E. (2014). Interrogations, confessions, and guilty pleas among serious adolescent offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 181-193.

    Malloy, L.C., Brubacher, S.P., & Lamb, M.E. (2013). “Because she’s one who listens”: Children discuss to whom they disclosed abuse (or not) and why in forensic interviews. Child Maltreatment, 18, 245-251.

    Brubacher, S.P., Malloy, L.C., Lamb, M.E., & Roberts, K.P. (2013). How do interviewers and children discuss individual occurrences of repeated alleged abuse in forensic interviews? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 443-450.

    Malloy, L.C., Brubacher, S.P., & Lamb, M.E. (2011). Expected consequences of disclosure revealed in investigative interviews with suspected victims of child sexual abuse. Applied Developmental Science, 15, 8-19.

    Lyon, T.D., Malloy, L.C., & Quas, J.A., & Talwar, V. (2008). Coaching, truth induction, and young maltreated children’s false allegations and false denials. Child Development, 79, 914-929.

    Malloy, L.C., Lyon, T.D., Quas, J.A. (2007). Filial dependency and recantation of child sexual abuse. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 162-170.

    Quas, J.A., Malloy, L.C., Melinder, A., Goodman, G.S., Schaaf, J., & D’Mello, M. (2007). Developmental differences in the effects of repeated interviews and interviewer bias on young children’s event memory and false reports. Developmental Psychology, 43, 823-837.

    Clarke-Stewart, K.A., Malloy, L.C., Allhusen, V.D. (2004). Verbal ability, self-control, and close relationships with parents protect children against misleading suggestions. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18, 1037-1058.