Amy Kleynhans PhD, JD



Amy applies her expertise in law and human behavior to demystify juror thought processes and develop case themes that resonate with fact-finders.


I have always found the intersection of law and psychology fascinating, but I did not want to spend my career researching and writing articles that have little to no impact outside of academia. Instead, I loved the idea of taking my knowledge of existing research and applying it to real world cases and juries. Every day is a new challenge.

We are not very good at interpreting our own emotions. We often can misattribute feelings created by one source to another. For example, men who had just crossed a rickety, frightening bridge were more likely to call the woman they met shortly after than were men who had walked across a safer bridge. These men misattributed their pounding heart and sweaty palms caused by the scary bridge as attraction for the woman.

I attended the dual degree law and psychology JD/PhD program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating Order of the Coif from UNL Law and receiving my PhD in jury decision-making psychology.

The collaborative environment. Everybody’s input is valued and everyone pushes each other to succeed.

When the consultants get together for a brainstorm session. It’s an opportunity for us to challenge one another and to combine and apply our different skills.

I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa and grew up with mountains and two oceans on my doorstep. As a teenager, I moved to Toronto, Canada, and lived there for ten years before moving to America for graduate school.

I’m a big hockey fan (it’s the Canadian in me!) and I enjoy hiking, the more precarious the better.


Kleynhans, A. & Bornstein, B. H. (2017, January). Reporting juror bias in the deliberation room: Should jurors report potential bias – and if so, when? American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology.


Kleynhans, A., & Bornstein, B. H. (2016). Psychology and the Federal Rules of Evidence. In M. K. Miller & B.H. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in Psychology and Law. New York, NY: Springer.


Kleynhans, A., & Bornstein, B. H. (2015, October). The competitive advantage of interdisciplinary training in law and social sciences. American Psychology Law Society Newsletter, 7-10.


Pearce, M. W., & Kleynhans, A. (2015). What’s confidential – and what’s not. Can a therapist who warns a potential victim be liable for breaching client confidentiality? American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology.

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