Margaret A. Hagen, Ph.D., MBA

Department of Psychology

Boston University



  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • M.B.A., Simmons College, Graduate School of Management Business Administration
  • B.S, Psychology, University of Washington


  • PS101: Introductory Psychology An introduction to Psychology with a critical perspective. Students will learn not only the traditional subject matter of the broad field of psychology but will be exposed to the critical controversy today over what comprises real science in Psychology and what is only "junk science".
  • PS 504: Psychology and the Law History of forensic psychology, legal and medical competency, legal and medical insanity, validity and reliability of diagnostic categories of mental disorders, validity and reliability of main psychological tests, the education and training of the forensic psychologist, therapeutic practices in courtroom cases, the psychological construction of the child, research on children in legal situations, repression and recovered memory cases, psychological injuries, disabilities and civil rights, legal criteria for expert witness testimony.


Psychology and the Law: areas of psychological research that is of use to the triers-of-fact in legal cases like eye witness testimony, memory, the suggestibility of children, biasing of potential juries through media coverage, etc., as well as research that differentiates between solid scientific psychology and junk science psychology in order that our courts will be better informed about the difference.


  • Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice. 1997. New York: ReganBooks (HarperCollins).


  • Hagen, M.A. (1986) Varieties of Realism: Geometries of Representational Art. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hagen, M.A. (Ed.) (1980) The Perception of Pictures I: Alberti's Window : The Projective Model of Pictures. New York: Academic Press.
  • Hagen, M.A. (Ed.) (1981) The Perception of Pictures II: Durer's Devices : Beyond The Projective Model of Pictures. New York: Academic Press.
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  • American Psychological Society
  • American Psychology-Law Society

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