Faculty and Staff: Vicky Weisz

Personal Information

Vicky currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband Alan Tomkins and near their two adult children and their families.


  • University of Rochester, 1975, B.A. (Psychology)
  • Washington University, 1980. M.A. (Psychology)
  • Washington University, 1981. Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1994. M.L.S. (Masters in Legal Studies)

Areas of Interest

  • Social and behavioral science in dependency courts
  • Children and procedural justice
  • Children's participation in court

Professional Activities & Community Service

  • Vicky currently serves as a consultant with the Capacity Building Center for Courts, a national center that assists state court improvement projects, the National Center for State Courts, and the Nebraska Youth Advocacy Project (CCFL).

CCFL Projects

  • Nebraska Court Improvement Project: The Court Improvement Project uses federal funds made available through a contract with the Supreme Court of Nebraska. This project is aimed at improving the functioning of the state court system in responding to cases involving children who have been abused or neglected or who are in foster care. Director.
  • Nebraska Juvenile Justice Court Improvement Project: The JJCIP is funded with state funds under contract with the Administrative Office of the Courts/Probation to assist in improving the functioning of the state court system in responding to cases involving youth who are law violators or status offenders. Director
  • Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative This initiative, funded by the Court Improvement Project, is aimed at improving permanency for Nebraska children in foster care through local judge-led multidisciplinary teams that are working together to incorporate best practices into their systems. There are twenty-five teams across the state.
  • Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts The Nebraska Supreme Court on Children in the Courts was formed in January, 2005, to study the way Nebraska courts impact children and youth who come before the courts or who are otherwise affected by the courts. Further, the Commission was directed to make recommendations that would improve the courts work with children and youth. Family Impact Seminars. Staff.
  • Nebraska Safe-Start: This project is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program), to provide evidence based psycho-social services to young children and their parents who are in Family Treatment Drug Courts.

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Wingrove, T., Beal, S. J., & Weisz, V. (in press). Father involvement in dependency review hearings. Journal of Public Child Welfare Youth Services Review. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2016.1206504
  • Beal, S. J., Wingrove, T., & Weisz, V. (2014). Judicial case management in predicting length of stay in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 16-19.
  • Weisz, V. (2013). Dependency courts and science. In R. Wiener and E. Brank (Eds.) Special Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives (pp 55-61). New York: Springer.
  • Weisz, V., Beal, S.J., & Wingrove, T. (2013). The legal system experiences of children, families, and the professionals who work with them. In M. Miller and B. Bornstein (Eds.) Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System (pp. 63-88). New York:Oxford University Press.
  • Weisz, V., Wingrove, T., Beal, S., & Faith-Slaker, A. (2011). Children’s participation in foster care hearings. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35(4), 267-272.
  • Wingrove, T, Korpas, A. & Weisz, V. (2011). Why were millions of people not obeying the law? Motivational influences on non-compliance with the law in the case of music piracy. Psychology, Crime & Law, 17(3), 261-276.
  • Weisz, V., Wingrove, T., & Faith-Slaker, A. (2008). Children and Procedural Justice. Court Review, 44, 36-43.
  • Brank, E., Hays, S., & Weisz, V. (2006). All parents are to blame (except this one): Global and specific attitudes toward parental responsibility laws. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 2670-2684.
  • Wilcox, B., Weisz, V., & Miller, M. (2005). Practical guidelines for educating policy makers: The Family Impact Seminar as an approach to advancing the interests of children and families in the policy arena. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34, 638-645.
  • Brank, E. & Weisz, V. (2004). Paying for the crimes of their children: Public support of parental responsibility. Journal of Criminal Justice, 32, 465-476.
  • Ells, M., O'Neal, R., Weisz, V., & Conner, J. (2004). Unraveling the labyrinth: A proposed revision of the Nebraska Juvenile Code. Nebraska Law Review, 82, 1126-1275.
  • Weisz, V. (2003). Foster Care. In T.H. Ollendick & C.S. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology (pp. 246-249). New York: Kluwer Press.
  • Williams, A. & Weisz, V. (2003). Preliminary results from the Nebraska Family Group Conferencing evaluation. Protecting Children, 18, 90-92.
  • Weisz, V. & Thai, N. (2003). The Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program: Bringing information to child abuse and neglect cases. Child Maltreatment, 8, 204-210.
  • Weisz, V., Lott, R., & Thai, N. (2002). A teen court evaluation with a therapeutic jurisprudence perspective. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 20, 381-392.
  • Pagliocca, P., Melton, G.B., Lyons, .M., & Weisz, V. (2002). Parenting and the law. In M..H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting, Vol.5 (2nd ed.) (pp. 463-485) Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum
  • Brank, E.M., Williams, A. L, Weisz, V., & Ray, R.E. (2001). Parental compliance: It's role in Termination of Parental Rights cases. Nebraska Law Review, 80, 335-353.
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