My research investigates the influence of misleading gestures in child and adult investigative interviews. I have conducted the gestural misinformation effect in experiments with children in both England and Switzerland. My research is important, since gestures are (as of yet) not mentioned in child interviewing guidelines, such as the Achieving Best Evidence and the NICHD protocol and they seem to have a negative effect on children's memory and eyewitness testimonies.
I have further conducted research on the influence of gender congruence of offenders on the accuracy of eyewitness testimonies for a non-violent crime. An offender's gender typicality can influence the accuracy of eyewitness testimonies and further affect their perceived severity of a crime.
My other research interests are:
- Police interviewers' knowledge on gestures
- Investigative interviewers' use of gestures in child interviews
- Gender congruence of offenders in eyewitness testimony
- Historical Homicides
- Female sex offenders
I'm happy to supervise students on a range of topics broadly relating to Forensic Psychology. I am especially interested in supervising students on topics focused on child and adult interviewing, specifically focusing on the influence of (misleading) gestures, as well as eyewitness testimony.
PhD, University of Sheffield
Award Date: 1 Oct 2020
Master, University of Bedfordshire
Award Date: 16 Oct 2015
Master, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 26 Oct 2013
Bachelor, University of Bedfordshire
Award Date: 20 Jul 2012
- BF Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Child interviewing
- Gestural misinformation effect
- Eyewitness Testimony
- Eyewitness memory