I am currently the Postgraduate Director for the Department of Psychology.
My research is primarily in the area of eyewitness memory for faces, although I also have wider interests in face processing, eyewitness memory and the use of visual evidence in court. My PhD focused on improving facial composites using the PROfit system and different methods such as morphing composites from multiple witnesses, constructing composites in different views and examining verbal descriptions were examined. More recently I have become interested in individual differences - why do some witnesses construct better composites than others? And I have recently conducted a pilot ERP study to examine the perceptual and cognitive processes during facial composite construction.
I am a member of the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), which is one of the six Open University centres of research excellence. I organised the annual conference (July 2011) which focused on ‘Constructions of Evidence’. This conference brought together key academics and practitioners from diverse fields to discuss themes such as the use of expert evidence in court. I have set-up an OpenLearn website ‘Constructions of Evidence’ to support the conference. The centre also funded a one-day seminar on the impact of visual evidence on juror decision-making, organised in conjunction with the psychology dept and Michael Bromby at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Since joining the university in 2009 I have been a member of the presentation teams for the following modules:
Cognitive Psychology (DD303)
Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing (D872)
Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873)
Exploring Psychology: Online Project (DZX222)
I have also contributed to the production of materials for the Cognitive Psychology (DD303) mid-life review and will be chair of the module from Sept 2011.
|Forensic Psychology Research Group||Group||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)||Centre||Faculty of Social Sciences|