Rebecca Nathanson, Ph.D.

Rebecca Nathanson

rebecca.nathanson@unlv.edu

Carlson Education Building (CEB) 246

702-895-3937

Curriculum Vitae


Research Expertise: Children with disabilities in the legal system with special emphasis on investigating factors related to the accuracy of their testimony.

Dr. Rebecca Nathanson received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and came to UNLV in 2000 from Texas Tech University. She is an Associate Professor and holds a joint faculty appointment in the Boyd School of Law. Her scholarship is focused on children with disabilities in the legal system with special emphasis on investigating factors related to the accuracy of their testimony. Her research record in this area of emphasis includes 6 research grants, 17 research articles, and 54 national presentations that focus on this topic. A recent example is an empirical study on enhancing the oral narratives of children with learning disabilities published in Reading and Writing Quarterly. Dr. Nathanson developed and directs the Kids' Court School in the Boyd School of Law. The mission of Kids' Court School is to educate child witnesses about the investigative and judicial processes; conduct research aimed at maximizing the capabilities of child witnesses; and to serve as a training site for graduate and law students regarding child witness education. She serves as the Program Coordinator in the College of Education for the dual degree programs (PhD/JD) in Educational Psychology & Law, Higher Education & Law, and Special Education & Law. She teaches a legal clinic practicum each semester for students in the School Psychology Program.