L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Hayley Cleary

Hayley Cleary

Assistant professor

Raleigh Building, Room 2009E Phone: (804) 827-0475 Email: hmcleary@vcu.edu


  • Police interrogation of juveniles
  • Adolescent development in legal contexts
  • Juvenile justice policy and practice


B.A., Psychology and Russian Studies, University of Virginia
M.P.P., Public Policy, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Georgetown University


Research methods, juvenile justice, forensic psychology, juvenile law and policy

Research interests

Police interrogation of youth, Miranda rights comprehension and waiver, juvenile corrections, procedural justice for youth


Cleary's research interests lie at the intersection of social science, law and policy. Her work examines adolescent behavior and decision making in justice system contexts, including youths’ contact with law enforcement, courts and corrections. The cornerstone of her research program involves police interrogation of juvenile suspects. She brings a developmental psychological approach to justice system processes and problems in effort to inform juvenile justice policy and practice. Cleary has been invited on numerous occasions to share her work in both academic and law enforcement arenas, including the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Selected publications

Cleary, H. M. D., & Warner, T. C. (2016). Police training in interviewing and interrogation methods: A comparison of techniques used with adult and juvenile suspects. Law and Human Behavior, 40, 270-284. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000175

Najdowski, C.J., Cleary, H.M.D., & Stevenson, M. C. (2016). Adolescent sex offender registration policy: Perspectives on general deterrence potential from criminology and developmental psychology. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 114-125. doi: 10.1037/law0000059

Cleary, H. M. D., & Vidal, S. (2016). Miranda in actual juvenile interrogations: Delivery, waiver, and readability. Criminal Justice Review, 41, 98-115. doi: 10.1177/0734016814538650