Below are the lead development team members and our academic collaborators
LEAD DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Professor of Psychology
Goldsmiths University of London
Fiona Gabbert is a Professor of Applied Psychology, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths University of London. She also chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). Fiona’s research in the fields of suggestibility of memory and investigative interviewing has a strong focus on improving the usability, credibility, and reliability of evidence from witnesses. Her work has had an international impact on operational procedure and policy including the introduction of new evidence-based investigative interview tools and training resources to the field such as the Self-Administered Interview, the Structured Interview Protocol, and the Timeline Technique. Fiona regularly works as a collaborator and consultant with practitioners and policy makers to develop and embed effective investigative interview practice. A recent project with the College of Policing (UK) involved developing new evidence-based interview guidelines for frontline officers tasked with eliciting initial accounts (launched October 2019). A current international project involves advising on the development and drafting of a Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing that will support the legal prohibition of torture by introducing ethical, non-coercive, and evidence-based policy and practice to facilitate the disclosure of reliable information. Fiona’s work has been recognised by awards for Academic Excellence, Mid-Career Excellence, and Public Engagement.
Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology
University of Portsmouth, UK
Lorraine Hope is Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and a core member affiliated with the Information Elicitation programme of the UK National Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) (https://crestresearch.ac.uk). Over the past 20 years, her research has resulted in the development of innovative tools and techniques, informed by psychological science and practitioner demand, for eliciting accurate and detailed information and intelligence across a range of investigative contexts (e.g. Timeline Technique, Self-Administered Interview, Structured Interview Protocol, Reporting Information about Networks and Groups (RING) technique). Her work has had global impact and she regularly delivers tools, research, evaluation and training for investigative interviewing and information elicitation in international policing, intelligence, and security sectors, including inter- and multi-national agencies, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). She recently contributed as an invited advisor to the recently developed The Mendez Principles on effective interviewing for investigations and information gathering. As a leader in interviewing research developments and experienced in working with a range of stakeholders and end-users, Lorraine publishes extensively on interviewing and applied memory topics, including work to inform the interviewing of and policy pertaining to operational witnesses in high quality scientific journals and practitioner-focused outputs. Her work has been recognised by awards
Professor of Psychology
Florida International University
Dr. Ron Fisher is a Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and has held academic positions at the University of Toronto and UCLA. Dr. Fisher has published extensively in both theoretical and applied aspects of memory, and is the editor of Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Dr. Fisher is best known for developing the Cognitive Interview technique to enhance witness recollection (Fisher & Geiselman, 1992: Memory-Enhancing Techniques for Investigative Interviewing). He has conducted many training workshops on the Cognitive Interview with investigative agencies such as the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has also worked with several federal agencies both here and abroad, including NASA, the U.S. Army and Navy, the British and Australian Police, and the Israeli Air Force. Dr. Fisher served on the Planning and Technical Working Groups of the U.S. Department of Justice to develop national guidelines on collecting eyewitness evidence (Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement).
SAI RTC for Road Traffic Collisions
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Ruth Horry is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University. For the past decade, her research has focused on eyewitness identification, eyewitness testimony and investigative interviewing. Since 2017, Dr Horry has been working closely with South Wales Police to develop and evaluate an adapted version of the Self-Administered Interview, specifically for the roads policing context. This research has been supported by grants from the Road Safety Trust. Dr Horry has also received research funding from the American Psychology-Law Society and from the Experimental Psychology Society for her research on eyewitness identification and legal decision-making.
SAW-IT for workplace incidents and accidents
Faculty in Psychology
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Dr Carla MacLean’s research, teaching and consultancy focuses on the factors that influence memory for critical events, as well as cognitive bias and decision making in worlds outside the laboratory (e.g. industrial incident investigation, forensic investigation, legal decision making, human resources). Dr MacLean is the co-developer of the SAW-IT (Self-Administered Witness Interview Tool), an adapted version of the SAI for workplace and industrial incidents. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other national funding agencies. Carla is a regular presenter at both practitioner and academic conferences.