Richard Leo photo

Richard Leo


Richard A. Leo, PhD, JD, is the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology at the University San Francisco School of Law, and a Fellow in the Institute for Legal Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Dr. Leo is one of the leading experts in the world on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent. Dr. Leo has authored more than 100 articles in leading scientific and legal journals as well as several books. He has won numerous individual and career achievement awards for research excellence and distinction. He has been the recipient of Soros and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as a fellowship from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Leo’s research and scholarship is widely cited both in the social sciences and in criminal law and criminal procedure. He has been featured and/or quoted in hundreds of stories in the national print and electronic media, and his research has been cited by numerous appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court on multiple occasions.