Professor Amina Memon
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Bio: Amina Memon is a highly skilled researcher and teacher with 25 years of expertise in the field of Applied Cognitive and Social Psychology. Her specialist areas are eyewitness testimony, investigative interviewing and biases in decision-making. A distinctive flavor of her work has been her close working relationship with policy makers and practitioners in the field of policing, social work and the law. Her work on the Cognitive Interview has had a major impact both nationally and internationally on the way in which police gather information from witnesses. She has made significant contributions to the development and assessment of video identification parades, now being used in over 30 police forces across the UK.
Prof Memon’s applied research is aimed at identifying methods for improving justice for victims and witnesses. Current research projects including work on eyewitness identification, restorative justice, the reliability and credibility of evidence from vulnerable groups, best practice in questioning child witnesses and the reliability of evidence from older adult witnesses.
Prof Memon is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Association for Psychological Science. She recently completed a Masters degree in Human Rights at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a Trustee for the Centre for the Study of Emotion and the Law (CSEL) and on the board of Asylum Aid. She volunteers at Fair Trials International and Reprieve. She is part of the Inspiring the future mentoring scheme, the Women’s Action Network (Amnesty International) and an events organiser for the British Science Association.
Prof Memon has been successful in obtaining research funds from charities and public funding bodies and has collaborated with scientists across the globe. In addition to her academic work, she devotes time to the transfer of knowledge. She has written over 100 scientific papers including reports and articles directed at specific groups (e.g. lawyers, members of the public). She has received media coverage and her expert opinion has been sought on numerous civil (family court) and criminal cases in Scotland and England. She has been contributing to professional development and training of the judiciary in Scotland since 2002 and is an expert in investigative interviewing.
Dr. Laura Mickes is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Her research program is largely concerned with signal detection and dual process theories of recognition memory (basic research), and has extended this work to applications of eyewitness memory (applied research). She is a Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant to develop a signal detection model of eyewitness memory. Her work in this domain recently won her a 2013 APA New Investigator Award.
Other research interests include: Mechanisms of memory for social information; gender stereotypes on humor production; and replicability of menstrual cycle shift effects on attitudes and preferences.
Her Google Scholar page is available here.
Dr Rosie Meek is a chartered psychologist and Head of Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway University of London. She carries out research in criminal justice settings, with a particular focus on prisons, prison staff, and prisoners. She completed her doctorate at the University of Sussex and has held academic positions at the Universities of Southampton and Teesside. She holds honorary appointments at John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, and the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University, and is a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (University of California, San Diego).
A list of her publications can be found here.