Jenna Kieckhaefer, Ph.D.

Jenna Kieckhaefer, faculty

Assistant Professor/Honors Program Coordinator

Office: S2 144

Phone: 559.278.4302

Courses Taught


  • Crim 2: Administration of Justice
  • Crim 120: Juvenile Delinquency (fully online)
  • Crim 153: Psychology of Criminality (fully online and in person)
  • Crim 154: Fundamentals of Forensic Behavioral Sciences
  • Crim 157: Interviewing and Interrogation
  • Crim 159T/160T: Wrongful Convictions
  • Crim 170: Research Methods
  • Crim 170H: Honors Research Methods
  • Crim 180/181: Internship
  • Crim 270T: Interviewing and Interrogation


Biographical Sketch

Jenna Kieckhaefer (aka Dr. K) is a psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at California State University, Fresno where she has taught courses such as Psychology of Crime, Research Methods, and Forensic Behavioral Sciences. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with degrees in Criminology and Psychology, and earned her masters and doctorate at Florida International University in Legal Psychology.  Prior to starting at Fresno State she received an ORISE post-doctoral research fellowship with the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). While with the FBI Dr. Kieckhaefer helped further the NCAVC’s research mission by assisting the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) 2 on several projects examining threats, including the Institutions of Higher Education Targeted Violence Study. 

At Fresno State Dr. Kieckhaefer heads the Criminology and Applied Psychology Lab, conducting research examining the application of psychology to the criminal justice system.  She is particularly interested in issues surrounding eyewitnesses, including interviewing, influences on memory accuracy and suggestibility, and lineup decision-making.   Dr. Kieckhaefer is also interested in examining the best and most effective ways of gathering sensitive information from sources.