Livia Gilstrap

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology

Livia L Gilstrap earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and an MA in Psychology from Western Washington University. Her research in adult-child conversations, children's memory and forensic interviewing of children has been funded by various agencies including the National Institutes of Health. She has published in a variety of scientific journals including Child Development and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and presented at scientific meetings around the world. She has worked in training and education settings with lawyers, police officers and social workers. Her teaching interests include research methods, statistics, professional development and developmental psychology.

Courses Taught

DPSY 8227/6114 - Language and Cognitive Development


PhD, Cornell University

BA, Western Washington University

Public Service

Public Defenders of El Paso County, Guest Speaker -

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2022

SPSSI Louise Kidder Early Career Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2004

Graduate Research Fellow in Psychology, American Psychological Foundation and Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, 2002

American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association, 1999


Haque, A., Gilstrap, L. L., Ghuloum, S. (2020). Mental Health in Qatar: Challenges and Prospects.

Gilstrap, L. L., Nazeer, A., Ather, M., Azeem, M. W. (2023). Validation of the Arabic strengths and difficulties questionnaire in Qatar. Middle East Current Psychiatry

Melinder, A., Magnusson, M., Gilstrap, L. L. (2020). Is a child appropriate interview always an appropriate one? Dialogue interactions between child and interviewer. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy, and Practice

Gilstrap, L. L. (2004). A missing link in suggestibility research: What is known about the behavior of field interviewers in unstructured interviews with young children?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Gilstrap, L. L., Papierno, P. B. (2004). Is the cart pushing the horse? The effects of child characteristics on children's and adults' interview behaviors. Applied Cognitive Psychology

Gilstrap, L. L., Ceci, S. J. (2005). Reconceptualizing children's suggestibility: Bidirectional and temporal properties. Child Development


Gilstrap, L. L. (2020). Best practice for interviews with children about suspected abuse. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect

Gilstrap, L. L. (2021). Youth emotional attachments to the maid: Relation to negative parenting styles and mental health in a Gulf country. Association for Psychological Science

Melinder, A., Magnusson, M., Gilstrap, L. L. (2019). Is a Friendly Interview always a friendly one? . EADP

Gilstrap, L. L. (2005). Forensic interviews and law enforcement.. American Psychology-Law Society