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Applied Issues in Investigative Interviewing, Eyewitness Memory, and Credibility Assessment


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The challenge for forensic memory research: Methodolotry.- Credibility assessment, common law trials, and fuzzy logic.- The investigation and investigative interviewing of benefit fraud suspects in the UK: Historical and contemporary perspectives.- The sins of interviewing: Errors made by investigative interviewers and suggestions for redress.- Biopsychosocial perspectives on memory variability in eyewitnesses.- Children's memory in "scientific case studies" of child sexual abuse: A review.- Does testimonial inconsistency indicate memory inaccuracy and deception? Beliefs, empirical research, and theory.- Repeated interviews about repeated trauma from the distant past: A study of report consistency.- Discovering deceit: Applying laboratory and field research in the search for truthful and deceptive behaviour.- Is le mot juste? The contexualization of words by expert lie detectors.- Assessment criteria indicative of deception (ACID): An example of the new paradigm of differential recall enhancement.- The ABC's of CBCA: Verbal credibility assessment in practice.- An "eye" for an "I": The challenges and opportunities for spotting credibility in a digital world.

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Dr. Barry S. Cooper is a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, BC, Canada, practicing in the forensic arena. He received an MA and Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he met and was mentored by Dr. John Yuille. A former Senior Psychologist for the Correctional Service of Canada, Dr. Cooper is a Psychologist for the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission at the BC Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. He is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology at UBC-Okanagan and Simon Fraser University. In addition, Dr. Cooper is in private practice which involves assessment and consultation services to law enforcement, lawyers, corrections, and the Judiciary. He also a founding Partner and Director of Research and Development for the Forensic Alliance, a research, training, and consulting company headed by Dr. Yuille. Dr. Cooper's research and clinical-forensic interests include investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, credibility/malingering assessment, risk assessment and psychopathy. He has provided training to various groups including law enforcement, child protection, mental health professionals, lawyers, corrections, and the judiciary. Dr. Cooper has also provided evidence at BC Review Board hearing and has served as an expert witness in court for both the prosecution and defence. Dr. Dorothee Griesel belongs to the Gesellschaft fur Wissenschaftliche Gerichts- und Rechtspsychologie (GWG) in Munich, Germany - a network of forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. As an expert witness, she provides credibility assessments in the context of criminal law, family law, and compensation claims. In this line of work, she benefits tremendously from her training with Dr. John Yuille. She was first introduced to his research on autobiographical memory for violent events during a practicum in the Forensic Psychology Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001. In 2002, she completed her Diplom in Psychology at Mannheim University in Germany and entered the Ph.D. program in Forensic Psychology at UBC under John's supervision. She also received training in Counseling Psychology and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Health and Counseling Centre at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Griesel's dissertation was a field investigation of sex trade workers' narratives of sexual violence. She completed her Ph.D. in 2008. In 2007, when John became a Professor Emeritus, she participated in organizing his Festschrift conference at UBC, which set the stage for the present book. Dr. Marguerite Ternes has worked for the Correctional Service of Canada's Addictions Research Centre since 2009. Since 2011, she has also been a lecturer of Forensic Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. After completing her undergraduate degree at St. Francis Xavier University, she began graduate studies in Forensic Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Masters in 2003 and her Ph.D. in 2009, both under the supervision of Dr. John Yuille. Mentored by Dr. Yuille, her research interests include autobiographical memory, suggestibility, investigative interviewing, and credibility assessment. Her Masters research investigated eyewitness identification performance in a group of adults with intellectual disabilities, while her dissertation explored verbal credibility in the memory accounts of violent offenders. Dr. Yuille instilled in Dr. Ternes an appreciation for the importance of ecological validity in forensic psychological research, values which Dr. Ternes practices and advocates in her current positions. When Dr. Yuille retired in 2007, she was part of the team that organized a Festschrift conference in his honour, which led to the present volume.

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