Alexander Jay, PhD

Associate Jury Consultant

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“Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.” —Daniel Kahneman

IMS Associate Jury Consultant Dr. Alexander Jay is an experimental social psychologist with expertise in jury decision-making and complex commercial litigation. Alexander helps facilitate pre-trial research projects for both plaintiff and defendant clients in federal and state court cases across the country. He specializes in quantitative and qualitative jury research, witness credibility assessments, case theme analyses, and juror profiling. When assisting clients with jury selection, Alexander also conducts background/social media searches and facilitates real-time prospective juror ranking.

Given his interest in jury decision-making in commercial litigation, Alexander’s research has focused on how jurors’ initial perceptions of corporate litigants impact their evidence interpretations and case judgments. More specifically, he examined how jurors’ perceptions of corporate litigants’ morality/trustworthiness and competence shape jurors’ subsequent emotional reactions, causal inferences, and ultimately, their verdict decisions and damage awards. Alexander has also developed a statistical model to explain this phenomenon and account for how adjustments to jurors’ initial perceptions can alter their evidence interpretations and case judgments in predictable ways.

Alexander has been published in Psychiatry, Psychology, and LawTopics in Cognitive Science, and Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice (in press), and he has co-authored publications in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations and The Jury Expert. He has presented his research at numerous legal psychology conferences, including the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, the biannual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, the American Society of Trial Consultants, and the Psychology and Law Pre-Conference of the Social Psychological and Personality Science Annual Convention.

Alexander’s educational background includes a master’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a PhD in psychology and law from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Alexander currently resides in New York City and is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants and the American Psychology-Law Society. He proudly supports Emily’s Entourage (a non-profit organization funding cystic fibrosis research) and enjoys maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Notable publications and presentations:

  • Jay, A. C. V., Yoon, J., Stone, C. B., Zuraw, K., & Fondacaro. (2022). “Similarity Leniency in Mens Rea Determinations and the Mediating Role of Causal Attributions.” Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Stone, C. B., Meksin, R., Merck, C., Gordon, N. S., & Hirst, W. 2019. “The Mnemonic Consequences of Jurors’ Selective Retrieval During Deliberations.” Topics in Cognitive Science, 1-17. doi: 10.1111/tops.12435.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Salerno, J. M., & Ross, R. C. 2017. “When Hurt Heroes Do Harm: The Role of Collective Guilt in Leniency Toward Veteran Defendants.” Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 32-58. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1364616.
  • Salerno, J. M., Peter-Hagene, C. L., & Jay, A. C. V. 2017. “Women and African Americans are Less Influential When They Express Anger During Group Decision Making.” Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. doi: 10.1177/1368430217702967.
  • Peter-Hagene, C. L., Jay, A. C. V., & Salerno, J. M. May 2014. “The Emotional Components of Moral Outrage and Their Effect on Mock Juror Verdicts.” The Jury Experthttp://www.thejuryexpert.com/2014/05/the-emotional-components-of-moral-outrage-and-their-effect-on-mock-juror-verdicts/.
  • Jay, A. C. V. & Stone, C. B. “Corporate Stereotypes and Civil Juror Decision Making.” Lecture, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Trial Consultants, St. Louis, MO, June 2019.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Yoon, J., Fondacaro, M., & Stone, C. B. “Similarity Leniency and Mens Rea Determinations: The Mediating Role of Attribution Bias.” Lecture, Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR, March 2019.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Stone, C. B., Merck, C., Meksin, R., Gordon, N., & Hirst, W. “Mnemonic Consequences of Jury Deliberation.” Poster presentation, International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France, March 2019.

Notable publications and presentations:

  • Jay, A. C. “The Role of Perceived Warmth and Competence in Civil Trials with Corporate Litigants.” PhD diss., The Graduate Center City University of New York, 2021. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Yoon, J., Stone, C. B., Zuraw, K., & Fondacaro. “Similarity Leniency in Mens Rea Determinations and the Mediating Role of Causal Attributions.” Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Stone, C. B., Meksin, R., Merck, C., Gordon, N. S., & Hirst, W. 2019. “The Mnemonic Consequences of Jurors’ Selective Retrieval During Deliberations.” TopiCS in Cognitive Science, 1-17. doi: 10.1111/tops.12435.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Salerno, J. M., & Ross, R. C. 2017. “When Hurt Heroes Do Harm: The Role of Collective Guilt in Leniency Toward Veteran Defendants.” Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 32-58. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1364616.
  • Salerno, J. M., Peter-Hagene, C. L., & Jay, A. C. V. 2017. “Women and African Americans are Less Influential When They Express Anger During Group Decision Making.” Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. doi: 10.1177/1368430217702967.
  • Peter-Hagene, C. L., Jay, A. C. V., & Salerno, J. M. May 2014. “The Emotional Components of Moral Outrage and Their Effect on Mock Juror Verdicts.” The Jury Expert. http://www.thejuryexpert.com/2014/05/the-emotional-components-of-moral-outrage-and-their-effect-on-mock-juror-verdicts/.
  • Jay, A. C. V. & Stone, C. B. “Corporate Litigant Warmth and Competence and Civil Juror Decision Making.” Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Trial Consultants, June 2020.
  • Jay, A. C. V. & Stone, C. B. “Corporate Stereotypes and Civil Juror Decision Making.” Lecture, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Trial Consultants, St. Louis, MO, June 2019.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Yoon, J., Fondacaro, M., & Stone, C. B. “Similarity Leniency and Mens Rea Determinations: The Mediating Role of Attribution Bias.” Lecture, Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR, March 2019.
  • Jay, A. C. V., Stone, C. B., Merck, C., Meksin, R., Gordon, N., & Hirst, W. “Mnemonic Consequences of Jury Deliberation.” Poster presentation, International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France, March 2019.

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