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I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, which ended in the final year project ‘Deceiving and Detecting Deceit when the Stakes are High: The Behaviour of a Murderer During Police Interviews Analysed’. Continuing my interest in deceptive behaviour, I then commenced research for a PhD (funded by the ESRC), which involved analysing the behaviour of high-stake liars and truth-tellers, specifically videos of suspects in their police interviews. I then showed clips of these suspects to police officers to see if they could tell when they were lying or truth-telling. This research culminated in her thesis ‘Suspects, lies and videotape: An investigation into telling and detecting lies in police/suspect interviews’ in 2001.

After a couple of years in research posts outside academia, I returned to Portsmouth in 2003 to embark on a 3-year ESRC project with Professor Vrij on enhancing deception detection through increasing cognitive load in interview situations. I have just commenced another project with Vrij designed to facilitate lie detection in interview situations.

Research Interests

My current research interests include:Nonverbal cues to deception;  People’s perceptions of deceptive behaviour;  Professional lie detectors’ ability to detect deceit;  Enhancing interview situations in order to facilitate deception detection;  Speech related cues to deception (Reality Monitoring).

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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