Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Florida International University
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.
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.