Carlton Patrick, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Legal Studies

Office: DPAC 430J

Phone: 407-823-1670


Professional Summary

Carlton Patrick studies the psychology of legal decision-making, often from an evolutionary perspective. He is the coauthor of the book Objection: Disgust, Morality, and the Law (OUP), and his work has been published across a broad range of academic outlets including Nature Human Behaviour, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and the Arizona State Law Journal. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, he was a visiting scholar with the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP.


JD: Boston University School of Law
PhD (Psychology): University of Miami
MS (Psychology): University of Miami
BS: Florida State University


Law and Human Behavior
Law and Emotions
Legal Writing

Research Interests

  • Law and Psychology
  • Law and Neuroscience
  • Evolutionary Analysis of Law

Selected Publications

The Origins of Criminal Law, Nature Human Behaviour (2020) (with Daniel Sznycer).

Objection: Disgust, Morality, and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with Debra Lieberman).

Not From a Wicked Heart: Testing the Assumptions of the Provocation Doctrine, 18 Nev. L. J. 33 (2017) (with Debra Lieberman).

The Long-Term Promise of Evolutionary Psychology for the Law, 48 Ariz. St. L.J. 995 (2016).

A New Synthesis for Law and Emotions: Insights from the Behavioral Sciences, 47 Ariz. St. L.J. 1239 (2015).

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