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Dr Renan Saraiva


Renan Saraiva

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 Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and a member 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 4 ‘Forensic Psychology in Context’ module. Additionally, I deliver lectures on various undergraduate and postgraduate units, including ‘Psychology of Investigations’, ‘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.

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