Brooke Butler

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Florida International University
B.A., M.A., University of North Florida

Dr. Brooke Butler has conducted pretrial research for numerous high-profile cases, but currently devotes her private practice to mitigation, jury selection, and change-of-venue foci.

Her areas of expertise are capital trials, defenses involving mental illness, complex felonies, and cases concerning police misconduct. However, Dr. Butler continues to be involved in a wide range of trials and appeals at both the federal and state levels.

Dr. Butler’s research is highly applied, policy-oriented, and concerns the social psychological factors that jeopardize defendants' right to due process. Her areas of scholarship include prejudice, aggravating and mitigating circumstances in capital trials, defense-attorney concessions, jurors’ decision-making processes, expert testimony, individual differences, the insanity defense, post-sentence-civil commitment, capital judges’ decision-making processes, defendant attractiveness, pretrial publicity, and the psychological pains of imprisonment.

Dr. Butler has served as a consultant for The Innocence Project of Florida. She is currently on the Regional Board of Directors of the Florida Capital Resource Center.

Recent Courses
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Mitigation
Social Justice: A Psycholegal Perspective

Recent Publications
Butler, B. (2011, forthcoming). Capital pretrial publicity as a symbolic public execution: A case report. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 11(3)

Butler, B. (2011). Gender and the law in a historical context. [Review of the book Women Who Kill Men: California Courts, Gender, and the Press]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35(1), 170.

Butler, B. (2010). How to think like a shrink: Using psychological concepts to enhance voir dire. Florida Defender, 22(4), 12-14.

Butler, B. (2010). Moving beyond Ford, Atkins, and Roper: Jurors’ attitudes toward the execution of the elderly and the physically disabled. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 16(8), 631-647.

Contact Information

New College of Florida
Division of Social Sciences
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201