Amanda Vicary


Associate Professor of Psychology


PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Bradley University


Area of Study

Social Psychology


Research Interests

Crime and the Criminal Justice System
Attachment theory and romantic relationships; attraction


Classes Taught at IWU

Gateway 100: Wrongful Convictions
Psych 259: Social Psychology
Psych 356: Psychology of Gender
Psych 359: Crime and the Justice System: A Social Psychology Perspective


Recent Media Coverage and Appearances

Life of Crime. IWU Magazine

What One Researcher Discovered About America’s True Crime Obsession. Forbes.

Investigating Our Obsession with True Crime Podcasts. NPR.

Married with Secrets. ID TV. The Man with Two Faces | Married with Secrets (

Barton McNeil Case. Suspect Convictions, Episode 10


Representative Publications 

(see website for complete list and pdfs)

Vicary, A. M. & Larsen, A. (2018). Potential Factors Influencing Attitudes Towards Veterans who Commit Crimes: An Experimental Investigation of PTSD in the Legal System. Current Research in Social Psychology, 26,12-23. 

Vicary, A. M. & Zaikman, Y. (2017). The CSI Effect: An investigation into the relationship between watching crime shows and forensic knowledge. North American Journal of Psychology, 19, 51-64.

 Zaikman, Y., Vogel, E. A., Vicary, A. M., & Marks, M. J. (2016). The influence of early experiences and adult attachment on the exhibition of the sexual double standard, Sexuality and Culture, 33, 425-445.

Vicary, A. M. (2011). Mortality salience and namesaking: Does thinking about death make people want to name their children after themselves? Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 138-141.

Vicary, A. M., & Fraley, R. C. (2010). Student reactions to the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University: Does sharing grief and support over the Internet affect recovery? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 , 1555-1563.

Vicary, A. M., & Fraley, R.C. (2010). Captured by True Crime: Why are women drawn to tales of rape, murder, and serial killers? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1 , 81-86.



For more information, please see Amanda Vicary's personal page