About Me

I am an Associate Professor at Florida International University. My research focuses on investigative interviewing and witness memory, including the context of vulnerable witnesses such as children 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 investigators’ perceptions, experiences and behaviors, and cognitive 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 Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association, the Arizona Forensic Science Academy, 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, and Wofford College. I have published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and have (co) authored over 100 presentations at national and international conferences.  I am a member of the Human Factors Committee of the Organization of Scientific Advisory Committees (OSAC), a federal standards-setting organization for forensic science that is jointly sponsored by the US Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 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, the Swedish Research Council and The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science.

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