Department of Psychology
(416) 979-5000 ext. 6519
Welcome to my departmental home-page. This page contains general information regarding my research interests, as well as links to the courses I am currently teaching.
I received my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto. My doctoral work examined the effects of pre-trial publicity on jurors’ verdicts. Although common sense would suggest that such negative publicity must have a prejudicial impact on jurors, the research is not so clear; if there is a strong link, we have not yet found it.
Since 1999, I have been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology here at Ryerson University. The courses I teach include Psychology and Law (Psy300), Social Psychology (Psy124), and Introductory Psychology (Psy102/202).
My primary research interests relate to Psychology and the Law; potential biases in jury selection, how jurors make decisions, the impact of pre-trial publicity on juror's verdicts, and the use of alibi evidence. At the moment, I am examining factors that increase the likelihood of wrongful convictions.
Brehm, S. S, Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Burke, T.M. (2008). Social Psychology, First Canadian Edition. Houghton Mifflin/Nelson.
Burke, T.M., Turtle, J.W., & Olson, E. (2007). A psychological approach to the study of alibis. Book chapter in The Handbook of
Eyewitness Psychology, Toglia, M., Read, J.D., Ross, D., Lindsay, R.C.L. (editors): Erlbaum.
Burke, T.M., Abramovitch, R., Zlotkin, S. (2005). Children=s understanding of the risks and benefits associated with research. Journal of Medical Ethics, 31, 715-720.
Burke, T.M. & Turtle, J. W. (2003). Alibi evidence in Criminal Investigations and Trials: Psychological and Legal Factors. The Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, 1, 193-200.
Burke, T.M. & El Sibaey, S. (March, 2008). “The use and misuse of alibi information in wrongful convictions: A review of case files
from the Innocence Project.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society,
Burke, T.M. (June, 2007). “Wrongful convictions and sources of error: a social science perspective”. Invited talk for the
Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions (2006 Senate Resolution
No. 381, Pr’s No. 2254).
Burke, T.M. (March, 2007). “The role of Alibis in Wrongful Convictions: The Innocence Project”. Paper presented at the inaugural
of “Off the witness stand: Using Psychology in the practice of
New York, New York.
Burke, T.M. (March, 2006). “Now I remember!”: How a change in an alibi affects perceptions of guilt. Poster presented at the Annual
Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, St. Petersburg, Florida.