About Me

I am an Associate Professor at Florida International University and the Co-Director of the Legal Psychology Doctoral Program. My research focuses on investigative interviewing and witness memory, especially in the context of vulnerable witnesses such as children or the intoxicated. I am both interested in potentially detrimental and beneficial interviewing techniques and their underlying cognitive and social mechanisms to improve the quality and quantity of witness and victim recall. I am further interested in examining real-world interviewers’ perceptions, experiences and behaviors, and confirmatory bias in a variety of settings including witness and victim interviewing and forensic expertise. I have been an invited speaker on numerous occasions including the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Forensic Research Institute, the Miami-Dade Forensic Services Bureau, the Dade-County and Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, the Texas Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Research Unit for Criminal, Legal and Investigative Psychology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Wofford College and Florida Atlantic University. I have published over 25 peer-reviewed articles, and have (co) authored over 70 presentations at national and international conferences. I am an Associate Editor for ‘Applied Cognitive Psychology’, and on the editorial board of the APA journal ‘Psychology, Public Policy and the Law’.  I have worked with several law enforcement agencies on research and investigative interviewing training and I have consulted in various legal cases. Our I-LAB involves a variety of undergraduate and graduate projects in the area of witness interviewing and our research has been funded by NIJ, NSF and the Swedish Research Council.