Dr. Edelman earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a LL.M. in International Law from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. At the University of Nevada, Dr. Edelman developed a broad foundation in research methodology and statistics. Specializing in the application of social psychology to the legal system, Dr. Edelman worked closely with leading academics and research centers in the field of psychology and law, including the National Judicial College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies.
At the Grant Sawyer Center, Dr. Edelman worked on several national surveys, including one examining the judiciary’s understanding and application of Daubert to the admissibility of scientific evidence. He has also explored judges’ and attorneys’ ability during voir dire to uncover jurors’ exposure to pretrial publicity and their resulting biases. Dr. Edelman oversaw a study of Washoe County’s pretrial release program and also assisted with the development of training programs for foreign justices, court administrators, and attorneys.
Dr. Edelman began working as a trial consultant in 1998. Prior to co-founding Trial Innovations he was a Senior Trial Consultant at the Jury Research Institute. Over the last 13 years, he has worked on a number of high profile civil and criminal cases across the country and has also testified as an expert witness on change of venue motions.
Dr. Edelman has served as a presenter at national and international conferences and has published a book on the impact of race and empathy on sentencing in capital cases and articles on conducting online surveys to develop juror profiles, the influence of graphic images on perceptions of liability and damages, and other law related issues.