Coral Dando

Professor of Psychology

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I returned to education in 2002 following 12 years service as a London Police Officer. I completed a BSc. (Hons) Psychology in 2005 at Kingston University London, and a PhD in Applied Forensic Cognition, awarded by London South Bank University in 2008 for my thesis entitled 'The cognitive interview: The development and efficacy of a modified procedure for frontline police officers'. I secured a Post-Doctoral Research post working with Prof. Ray Bull at the University of Leicester on the EPSRC funded 'Raising challenges to deception using data scent trails' project. In late 2009 I became a Lecturer in the Dept. of Psychology at Lancaster University, moving to the Insitute of Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton in 2014 to take up a Readership position. I was awarded a Chair in Psychology in 2015, and joined the University of Westminster as a Professor of Psychology in August 2016. Since completing my PhD, my research has attracted over 2 million pounds of external funding from the UK, European, and US governments, of which over 1 million pounds has been awarded me as Principal Investigator.

I am a Health and Care Practioner Council Consultant Forensic Psychologist (Rg. No. PYL28287), a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (177597), Chartered Scientist, and Associate Fellow.

Awards

2016: British Psychological Society Cognitive Section best scientific paper award for ‘Finding a needle in a haystack: Veracity testing outperforms behaviour observation for aviation security screening’. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 76-84.

2016: Most eye-opening article: Is the woman doing your nails a slave? How you, the consumer, can help. The Conversation.

2013: European Association of Psychology and Law early career researcher award

2012: UK Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship

2012: Emerald Literati Network Award for excellence for Interviewing Witnesses and suspects: Where now in our search for the Truth? (British Journal of Forensic Practice)

2012: Lancaster University ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Staff Award for innovation in applying the results of psychological research to create commercial opportunities

2012: Lancaster University SciTech Teaching Award

2009: International Investigative Interviewing Research Group Junior Academic Award, for producing work of outstanding quality contributing to the field of investigative interviewing.

 

I currently contribute to the Level 6 Forensic Psychology module at the University of Westminster, teaching topics such as detecting deception, eyewitness memory, Psychology of torture, and Psychology of radicalization. I supervise 3 PhD students, who are completing programmes of PhD research in the following areas:

·      Cognition in context: Intelligence gathering and persuasion across cognitive, cultural and gender divides’

·      Retrieval-induced forgetting and eyewitness memory in the real world: Understanding the effects and implications of questioning on episodic recall of person descriptors

·      Sketching to remember: Collecting best evidence from child victims of modern slavery

I am currently supervising 7 BSc and 5 MSc dissertation research students in various topics related to Forensic Psychology.

I am a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow - Awarded in 2012

In addition, I currently teach Psychology of Interviewing to professional students at the International Criminal Court, The Hague; various UK Police Forces; UK and US security and investigation agencies.

Research funding (£2,058,01.00 - £1,027,875.00 as Principal Investigator*)

*2017 – UK MoD for £27,000 for 8 months. Cross-cultural cognition in context.

*2016 - US Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), for $469,000 (for 24 months). Intelligence Interviewing: Controlled Cognitive Engagement, Cross-cultural Persuasion, & Cognitive Style

*2016 -Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), for €67,500 (6 months). Cognition in Context: Applying CCE to amplify behaviour change and detect deception in aviation security settings.

 *2014 - UK Development, Science, and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Research Project Grant for £90,000.  

*2012 - Higher Education Academy, Teaching Fellowship Research Grant for £10,000 (for 1 year).

*2011 - US Department of Homeland Security, Transport Security and Administration. Research grant for £299,000 for 6 months. Interviewing to detect verbal deception in an aviation security setting.

*2012 - Security-Lancaster, research project grant for £1875 (12months). Human inference and professional domains in which inference arises as a central task: Decision-making in time-critical environments.

*2010 - Centre for the Protection of National Infra Structure (CPNI) project grant for £251,000 (for 2 years), Detecting Insider Threats: Techniques, Simulations and Observations (DITTOS).

2010 - EPSRC Pathways to Impact grant for £6000 (for 1 year).

2009 - Centre for the Protection of National Infra Structure (CPNI) project grant for £145,000 (for 2 years), Controlled Cognitive Engagement: Evaluation of a behaviour based method for aviation screening. With Prof. Tom Ormerod (University of Sussex). 

2009 - Centre for the Protection of National Infra Structure (CPNI) project grant for £722,714 (for 45months), Development of FCT and Cognitive Interview methods in Native and Non-native Populations with Prof. Paul Taylor (Lancaster); Dr. Gary Hazlett, Woodard- Cody, Prof. Andy Morgan (Psychiatry, Yale); Dr. Yaron Rabinowitz (Psychology, Texas); Prof. Tom Ormerod (University of Sussex)

 2009 - Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant for £147,000 (for 2 years). Disseminating Investigative expertise with Prof. Paul Taylor (Lancaster) & Prof. Tom Ormerod (University of Sussex).

2017

Analysing decision logs to understand decision-making in serious crime investigations (2017)
Dando, C.J. and Ormerod, T.C. 2017. Analysing decision logs to understand decision-making in serious crime investigations. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 59 (8), pp. 1188-1203.

2016

Drawing the answers: How sketch reinstatement supports free and probed recall by child witnesses with autism spectrum disorder (2016)
Mattison, M., Dando, C.J. and Ormerod, T.C. 2016. Drawing the answers: How sketch reinstatement supports free and probed recall by child witnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Autism .
Perceptions of Psychological Coercion and Human Trafficking in the West Midlands of England: Beginning to Know the Unknown (2016)
Dando, C. J., Walsh, D. and Brierley, R. 2016. Perceptions of Psychological Coercion and Human Trafficking in the West Midlands of England: Beginning to Know the Unknown. PLOS ONE. 11 (5), p. e0153263.
Empathy in the field: Towards a taxonomy of empathic communication in information gathering interviews with suspected sex offenders (2016)
Dando, C.J. and Oxburgh G.E. 2016. Empathy in the field: Towards a taxonomy of empathic communication in information gathering interviews with suspected sex offenders. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context. 8 (1), pp. 27-33.

2015

Drawing to remember: Supporting child witnesses and victims with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to give ‘Best Evidence’ (2015)
Matison, M. L., Dando, C.J. and Ormerod, T. C. 2015. Drawing to remember: Supporting child witnesses and victims with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to give ‘Best Evidence’. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 45 (6), pp. 1751-1765.
Finding a needle in a haystack: Towards a psychologically-informed method for aviation security screening (2015)
Ormerod, T.C. and Dando, C.J. 2015. Finding a needle in a haystack: Towards a psychologically-informed method for aviation security screening. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 144 (1), p. 76–84.
Intelligence Interviewing: Synthetic Environments, Cognition and Cognitive Styles. (2015)
Dando, C.J. and Tranter, C. L. 2015. Intelligence Interviewing: Synthetic Environments, Cognition and Cognitive Styles. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice. 7 (2), pp. 43-51.

2017

Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face, remote avatar mediated, and asynchronous vocal smartphone interviews (2017)
Taylor, D.A. and Dando, C.J. 2017. Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face, remote avatar mediated, and asynchronous vocal smartphone interviews. International Investigative Interviewing Research Group Conference (iIIRG). Monterey, California 05 to end of 07 Jul 2017
Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face and remote avatar mediated interviews (2017)
Taylor, D.A. and Dando, C.J. 2017. Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face and remote avatar mediated interviews . EAPL. Brussels 29 to end of 31 May 2017

2016

Interviewing Adult Witnesses and Victims (2016)
Dando, C.J., Geiselman, R. E., MacLeod, N. and Griffiths, A. 2016. Interviewing Adult Witnesses and Victims. in: Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T. and Milne, R. (ed.) Communication in Investigative and Legal Contexts: Integrated Approaches from Forensic Psychology, Linguistics and Law Enforcement Chichester Wiley. pp. 79-107
Applied Cyberpsychology: Military and Defence Applications (2016)
Dando, C.J. and Tranter, C. 2016. Applied Cyberpsychology: Military and Defence Applications. in: Attrill, A. and Fullwood, C. (ed.) Applied Cyberpsychology. Practical Applications of Cyberpsychological Theory and Research Hampshire Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-216

2015

Scent Trails: The challenge of Countering Terrorism Through Intelligent Surveillance (2015)
Sandham, A., Ormerod, T.C., Dando, C.J. and Menacere, T. 2015. Scent Trails: The challenge of Countering Terrorism Through Intelligent Surveillance. in: Stedmon, A. and Lawson, G. (ed.) Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism: Human Factors Theory and Application London Routledge. pp. 129-149

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