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Molly J. Walker Wilson, J.D., Ph.D.


Associate Dean for Research and Engagement
Office of the Dean

Courses Taught

Criminal Procedure (Adjudication), Family Law, Seminar: Law and Psychology, Seminar: Psychology in the Courtroom, Torts


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1995
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
M.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia, 2001
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Virginia, 2004

Research Interests

Since joining the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law in 2006, Wilson has been teaching and writing about the ways in which social science can inform a variety of areas of law and policy.  In her own work, Wilson uses social and cognitive psychology to inform questions about how members of society evaluate risks. She is also interested in how actors can influence others' choices by strategically manipulating the presentation of information.

Publications and Media Placements

While at UVA, Wilson was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Policy & the Law and Senior Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law. Wilson was also a student editor of the Journal of Law and Human Behavior. Wilson has written on a wide range of topics, including campaign finance, environmental law, domestic violence, crime registries, tort reform, and the Supreme Court. Her work has been published in Cardozo Law Review, the Journal of Law and Politics, the American Journal of Criminal Law, and Catholic University Law Review, among other publications.

SSRN Publications List