Renan Saraiva

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PhD projects

- Estimating and improving eyewitness performance
- Improving the evaluation of eyewitness evidence by triers of fact

Personal profile

Research Interests

  • Memory performance in applied contexts
  • Eliciting information in forensic contexts
  • Estimating eyewitness identification performance
  • Lineup construction and composition
  • Improving the evaluation of eyewitness evidence


I am a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP). My research is situated in the areas of investigative psychology and applied cognition in forensic settings. Most of my recent studies have concentrated on estimating and improving eyewitness memory performance. I am also developing a new line of research investigating the evaluation of eyewitness evidence by juries, judges and other triers of fact. I completed my PhD at the University of Portsmouth investigating the role of metamemory in eyewitness accuracy, confidence and over/underconfidence.

I was awarded my PhD in 2019 at the University of Portsmouth, when I also joined the Psychology Department as a Lecturer. I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Brasilia (Brazil) and a dual-degree PhD in Legal Psychology from the University of Portsmouth and Maastricht University (The Netherlands), awarded by the House of Legal Psychology.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am Module Coordinator for the Level 6 ‘Exploring Data for Forensic Psychology’ module. Additionally, I deliver lectures on various undergraduate and postgraduate units, including ‘Psychology of Investigations’, ‘Forensic Psychology in Context’, ‘Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process’, and ‘Research Methods’. I am a member of the UG Course Management Team as Year 1 and Year 2 tutor. I supervise research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on eyewitness memory, detection of deception, investigative interviewing, and offending behaviours.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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