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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 then 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.
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.