Colleen Berryessa

Colleen Berryessa is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology. She graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2011 with a B.A. in Government and secondary study in Mind, Brain and Behavior. Most recently she was the program manager and research fellow at the Center for the Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics ( at Stanford University, researching the perceptions and decision-making of judges and juries surrounding the free will, responsibility, punishment, sentencing, stigmatization, dangerousness, and genetics of criminal offenders with High-Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Her research focuses on the legal, social, ethical, and policy-oriented effects of advances in neuroscience, genetics, and other sciences and technology on criminal justice, law, criminology, punishment, the legal system and, specifically, forensic and legal understandings and perceptions of mental disorders and mental illness, sexual deviance, and antisocial behavior as they relate to criminal offending. You can find more information about Colleen and her research here (