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Timothy R. Levine

Distinguished Professor and Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 302A
(205) 934-3877

Research and Teaching Interests: Deception, Credibility Assessment, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Research Methods

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Northern Arizona University, Psychology
  • M.A., West Virginia University, Communication Studies
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Communication

Dr. Timothy Levine is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at UAB. He teaches and conducts research on topics related to interpersonal communication, persuasion, and social influence, cross-cultural communication, and social science research methods. Before coming to UAB in 2015, he held faculty appointments at Korea University, Michigan State University, Indiana University, and University of Hawaii. On the way to becoming “Dr.” Levine, he was a Fighting Artichoke (Scottsdale Community College, “go chokes!”), a Lumberjack (Northern Arizona U.), a Mountaineer (West Virginia U.) and a Spartan (Michigan State U.).

Dr. Levine is deeply committed to undergraduate and graduate education. His first goal as chair is making Communication Studies the best undergraduate program in communication in the world. Dr. Levine welcomes student involvement in his research.

Levine has published more than 125 refereed journal articles reporting original research related to communication and he is an internationally recognized leader in deception research. He is the author or co-author of Information Manipulation Theory, Truth Default Theory, the Veracity Effect, the Probing Effect, and the Park-Levine Probability Model. His research on deception has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, and the FBI. His current research focuses on what makes some people more believable than others and on effective interrogation strategies.

Dr. Timothy Levine - Faculty Portrait


  • Select Publications
    • Levine, T. R. (2015). New and Improved Accuracy Findings in Deception Detection Research. Current Opinion in Psychology, 6, 1-5.
    • Levine, T. R. (Ed.) (2014). Encyclopedia of Deception, Vol. 1 & 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Levine, T. R. (2014). Truth-default Theory (TDT): A Theory of Human Deception and Deception Detection. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33, 378-92.
    • Levine, T. R. (2014). Active deception detection. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 122-28.
    • Levine, T. R., Blair, J. P., & Clare, D. D. (2014). Diagnostic Utility: Experimental Demonstrations and Replications of Powerful Question Effects in High Stakes Deception Detection. Human Communication Research, 40, 262-89.
    • Levine. T. R., & Bond, C. F., Jr. (2014). Direct and indirect measures of lie detection tell the same story: A reply to ten Bribke, Stimson, and Carney (2014). Psychological Science, 25, 442-62.
    • Levine, T. R., Clare, D. D., Blair, J. P., McCornack, S. A., Morrison, K., & Park, H. S. (2014). Expertise in deception detection involves actively prompting diagnostic information rather than passive behavioral observation. Human Communication Research, 40, 442-62.
    • Levine, T. R., Clare, D. D., Green, T., Serota, K. B., & Park, H. S. (2014). The effects of truth-lie base rate on interactive deception detection accuracy. Human Communication Research, 40, 350-72.