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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.
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).