Faculty and Staff: Roger Lott

Personal Information

Roger enjoys his family, running and biking, travel, the theater, photography, books, and the movies. He also helps take care of a big house and two cats, and is cared for by a wife, who is a dermatologist, and by long distance, by a daughter who is in graduate school in Chicago.


  • B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Political Science
  • M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Psychology
  • J.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law
  • Ph.D, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Psychology

Areas of Interest

  • Juvenile court law
  • Personality
  • Moral decision making
  • Emotions
  • Adolescent development

Professional Activities & Community Service

  • Member, Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Inactive member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice, Supreme Court of the United States
  • American Psychological Association - member
  • Association for Psychological Science - member
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Family Service Association of Lincoln (past president) - former member
  • Past State Chair, Nebraska Foster Care Review Board
  • Past President, Voices for Children of Nebraska
  • Former Executive Director, Nebraska County Attorney's Association
  • Member and Board of Directors, Mediations Center, Lincoln, NE

CCFL Projects

  • Legal Team, HHSS New Worker Training: The legal team trains all new Protection and Safety Workers about juvenile court process and practice in Nebraska. The training includes education about the process of child protection, status offense, and juvenile justice cases, as well as training on testifying and being cross examined.
  • Inservice Trainer, HHSS Staff: Training for practicing PSW staff includes both legal and psychological topics. These include practice under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, Team building, as well as Attachment and its impact on foster children.
  • Guardian ad Litem trainer, Court Improvement Project: The Nebraska Court Improvement Project has the goal of improving the efficiency and trainers of juvenile courts in Nebraska. One of the programs the Court Improvement Project is to help train Guardians ad Litem and lawyers who represent the best interests of children who are parties in Juvenile Court proceedings.

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Dienstbier, R.A., Roesch, S.C., Mizumoto, A., Hemenover, S.H., Lott, R.C., & Carlo, G.(1998). A schema activation approach to the weapons effect: Studies of mood and prison terms assigned in the presence of guns. Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Weisz, V., Lott, R., & Thai, N. (2002). Teen court evaluation with a therapeutic jurisprudential perspective. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 20, 381-392.
Photo of Roger Lott.