College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Lois James

Lois James
Assistant Research Professor
WSU Health Sciences Spokane


Lois James, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor on a joint position with the College of Nursing and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University (WSU). She has a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from WSU in 2011. During her time at WSU, Dr. James has served as Co-Principal Investigator on $1.4 million in U.S. Department of Defense funded projects, and has secured $80,000 in military, law enforcement, and corrections contracts as lead-Principal Investigator.

Dr. James is a core faculty member in the Sleep and Performance Research Center, where her research focuses in on understanding the impact of fatigue and other stressors on performance in high-risk and/or high-consequence occupational groups. Her research portfolio includes two particular focus areas in which she has made significant contributions.

The first is on the impact of suspect race and ethnicity on deadly force judgment and decision making.

The second is her work developing sleep and jet lag management plans for elite athletes. In preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Dr. James provided plans to four Canadian teams (Men’s Curling, Women’s Curling, Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey) all of which won gold medals.




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