Steven J. Son, Ph.D.

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Dr. Son has a background in interdisciplinary social psychology and experimental psychology, including statistical measurement, research methodology and survey design and analysis. With 15 years of trial consulting experience, he has conducted hundreds of mock trials, mock arbitrations, and focus groups. His consulting experience also includes the development, implementation and analysis of surveys (juror attitude, community attitude, change of venue, and online), post trial interviews, shadow juries, trial monitoring, witness preparation and assistance in jury selection. Dr. Son has assisted in nearly 50 jury selections, including product liability and asbestos matters. He has worked in cases spanning the U.S., including U.S. Territories, as well as Canada involving asbestos, antitrust, contract and employment disputes, insurance, intellectual property, products, securities, pharmaceuticals, medical, legal and professional malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, toxic tort, class actions and criminal litigation.

Prior to joining DecisionQuest, Dr. Son’s research was directed at the area of psychology and the law; specifically his dissertation analyzed the effectiveness of attorney and judge questioning during voir dire in capital cases. He also performed public opinion survey and media analysis work in support for change of venue.


University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, 2004

Indiana State University, M.S., Experimental Psychology, 2001

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.S., Psychology, 1996

Selected Speaking Engagements:

“Voir Dire and Jury Selection,” TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, 2012

“The Psychology of Decision Making,” New York City Bar Association, 2011

“Minimizing your impact in Antitrust cases,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010

“Witness Preparation,” 2010

“Jury Psychology in Litigation,” 2010

“Preparing Witnesses to Testify,” 2010

“Facebook, Twitter & Blogging…Oh MySpace! Legal Issues with Social Networking Sites,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009

“Ship of Fools: Fidelity Claims Made By Corrupt Insureds,” American Bar Association, 2009

“Witness Preparation,” 2009

“Jury Selection: Trial of a Felony Case,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, , 2009

“Jury Selection,” Cumberland County Bar Association, 2008

“Jury Consulting: How to Improve Voir Dire,” Inns of Court, 2008

“Is What You Said What They Heard? Using Psychology to Improve Your Practice,” Maryland State Bar Association, 2006

“Understanding the Importance of Psychology in the Courtroom,” Westmoreland Bar Association, 2005

“How Jurors Really Think,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005

“How Juries View Technology in the Courtroom,” Inns of Court, 2005

“Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005