I have a phd in psychology from the University of Sussex, where I investigated pupillary responses to faces as a measure of implicit recognition in police lineups, supervised by Graham Hole. We found that pupillary responses were different when looking at a previously-seen face than novel faces in a lineup, and that they occurred independently of the conscious identification response given. This novel method was developed as a means to improving eyewitness identification procedures, by bypassing conscious identification decisions.
I am currently a post doctoral research associate in psychology at the Open University, where I work closely with Graham Pike, Catriona Havard, Ailsa Strathie, Zoe Walkington and Lara Frumkin for a citizen forensics project. This aims to improve communications between citizens and institutions (e.g. police).
I was also employed until recently as a researcher for an AI reporting tool called Spot, which is freely available for people to report workplace harassment and discrimination they have experienced or seen. I worked with Julia Shaw and Rashid Minhas.
I have also launched the first psychological research into Wiedermann-Steiner Syndrome, which has only recently been genetically identified. In this capacity, I have initated a WSS Psychology Lab with Nicola Yuill and Jessica Marshall at The University of Sussex.
My research interests thus lie mainly in the application of psychology to make positive changes to 'real world' issues.
September 2019: Poster at BPS Cognitive Developmental Conference, Stoke on Trent
June 2019: Presentation at SARMAC, Cape Cod, USA.
Aug 2018: Presentation at the BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Liverpool.
June 2017: Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, poster presentation:
May 2017: Presentation at BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Brighton.
Sept 2016: Presentation at BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Barcelona.
Elphick C., Welsh, L., & Hole, G. (November, 2019). Pupil changes linked to eyewitness memory strength in police lineups The Conversation.
Elphick C., Pike, G., & Hole, G. (July, 2019). You Can Believe Your Eyes: Measuring Implicit Recognition in a Lineup with Pupillometry. Psychology, Crime and Law.
Shaw J., Elphick, C. & Minhas, R. (July, 2019). Witnessing workplace harassment and discrimination: Overcoming the ‘social contagion’ of toxic work culture.
Shaw J. & Elphick C. (March, 2018) In the metoo era, a chatbot can help people report workplace harassment. The Conversation.
Shaw J., Minhas, R., & Elphick, C. (March, 2018) Written Submission to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
Hole, G., Elphick, C., & Briggs, G. (December, 2018) Policy Brief: Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again.
Hole G., Elphick, C., & Briggs, G. (December, 2018) Policy Document: Tackling the dangers of using hands-free mobiles while driving.
Elphick C., Minhas, R., Shaw J. (under review). Dark Figures: A systematic review of the research on the reporting of workplace harassment. European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology
Minhas, R., Elphick C., & Shaw J. (under review). Protecting Victim and Witness Statement: Examining the Effectiveness of a Chatbot that uses Artificial Intelligence and a Cognitive Interview. Psychology, Crime and Law.
The University of Sussex
2015, 2016, 2017 Associate tutor:
2017 Guest lecturer:
Psychology of Forensic Investigation and Analysis
2016 Support for JRA candidate (Maddie Atkinson – a pupillary lineup study)
2017 3rd Year Undergraduate Co-supervision (Gabriel Rossillon – a face processing study using pupillometry)
Supervision of volunteer research assistant (Rachael Chivers – a pupillary lineup study)
2019 Supervision for JRA (Jessica Marshall – for research into Wiedermann-Steiner Syndrome)
University of West London
2019 Guest lecturer:
June 2019: Expert on panel at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, for Virtual Human Rights Lawyer (VHRL) Expert Panel on Human Rights App and Community Testing
May 2019: Presentation at a conference and training event: Developments in Facial Identification in Eyewitness Testimony
March 2019: Guest lecturer, University of West London:
Jan 2019: Webinar.
Oct 2018: Presentation at Intelligent Futures: Automation, AI and Cognitive Ecologies, University of Sussex:
Oct 2018: UNLEASH, 8th Annual World Conference and Expo, The Future of Work and HR Tech. Amsterdam.
July 2018: Presentation at LGBT STEM day, University of Sussex:
May 2018: Presentation at Get Psyched with US, University of Sussex:
Nov 2016: Presentation at the Crime Research Centre, University of Sussex.