The Samuel H. Solomon Memorial Scholarship for Psychology and Law was created by DOAR, Inc., to celebrate the career and legacy of its founder, Samuel (“Sam”) H. Solomon. Sam was a leading pioneer in establishing the use of technology in the country’s state and federal courts and was one of the first and most successful trial strategy consultants. Sam was particularly focused on the psychology of juror decision-making and how to develop presentation strategies based on how mock jurors reacted to the facts and arguments of his clients’ cases. His research methodology is the foundation of DOAR’s success and has greatly influenced the field of jury research more broadly. Sam retired in 2010 and moved to Israel with his wife, Meryl, to be near their children and grandchildren. There, Sam was deeply involved in politics, religion, and investing in Israeli technology startups until his untimely death in 2022.
In tribute to Sam’s legacy, the scholarship provides financial support to outstanding graduate and doctoral students focused on psychology and law in their studies, research, and/or career aspirations.
For more information about the scholarship, including eligibility requirements, visit the John Jay College of Criminal Justice website under Scholarships.
Congratulations to the 2023 Samuel H. Solomon Memorial Scholarship recipients.
Sydney Baker is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research aims to understand how juvenile justice system procedures, such as interrogation and plea bargaining, can be improved to accurately reflect adolescent development. Sydney works in the Youth Law & Psychology Lab at John Jay, where she conducts translational research that has direct implications for public policy reform.
Phoebe is a Forensic Psychology Master’s student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and will receive their degree in Spring 2023. Phoebe’s thesis project is an archival exploration of arrays used in previous eyewitness research studies to evaluate lineup bias in laboratory experiments. As a Graduate Research Assistant, Phoebe’s main studies of focus explore plea bargaining and confessions and lineup fairness within eyewitness identification research.