Researchers and Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants 2015-2016


Angelica Blasi


Bio: Angelica is a third year Psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is particularly interested in Forensic Psychology, especially in the implications Psychology has in the criminal justice system in regard to both perpetrators and victims. In addition to being an eyewitness lab member Angelica is the current lab manager and webmaster.









Kathrin Braeuninger-Weimer


Bio: Kathrin is a third year psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since March 2014 she has been a research assistant in a study investigating the attitudes of children towards the police, supervised by Dr Julie Gawrylowicz, South Bank University and Dr Alana James, Royal Holloway University. Her interests are in forensic psychology with specific concentration on eyewitness testimony.









Rachel Ward


Bio: Rachel is a third year Psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is mainly interested in the effects of PTSD on individuals, and in how traumatic crimes can affect the reliability of eyewitness testimony. While she intends to go into clinical psychology, she wants to remain involved in research with critical real-world application, particularly in research relevant to police investigations.









Lara Tanielian


Bio: Lara Tanielian is a third year Psychology student at Royal Holloway, University London. She is particularly interested in the way Forensic Psychologists impacts both police investigations as well as the judicial system. Beyond Forensic Psychology Lara is also interested in many different aspects of Psychology such as Cognitive Psychology and Sport Psychology.











Zandria Dias


Bio: Zandria is a third year Psychology student currently studying at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is interested in the way that Forensic Psychology directly impacts the judicial system and how different variables can affect things such as eyewitness testimony. She is also interested in the areas of cognitive and clinical Psychology.










Rebecca Street


Bio: Rebecca  is a third year Psychology Undergraduate at Royal Holloway University. She is particularly interested in how Cognitive Psychology can influence Forensic Psychology, in relation to eyewitness perception and memory. She is also interested in many other areas of Cognitive Psychology but has a particular interest in its applications in Forensic Psychology because of the significant real world implications.









Alice Thomas-Tobiano



Bio: Alice is a third year French student studying Criminology and Psychology. Her main interest reside in international conflicts, policing and terrorism, as well as in the many different facets of forensic psychology; with particular focus on memory and behaviour analysis.








Lara Naqvi


Bio: Lara just completed her undergraduate degree at St Mary’s University for which she was awarded first class honours.  She is now starting the Msc Forensic Psychology course at Royal Holloway. She has a particular interest in eyewitness accounts, cognitive interviewing strategies and false confessions. Furthermore she has a keen interest in the research and development of interventions for the successful rehabilitation of offenders.










Visiting Researchers

Dr. Deborah F. Hellmann (née Thoben)








Bio: Deborah graduated from the University of Trier (Germany) with a diploma in Psychology in 2007. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg (Germany), in 2012. In her thesis, she investigated the causes and consequences of the reception of consensus information in terms of survey results. Deborah then went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony in Hanover (Germany). She is in charge of two research projects on diverse types of victimisations and their consequences (1. Sexual abuse by Catholic clerics, 2. Representative victim survey). Her main research interests involve the moderating function of crime motive attribution in the eyewitness paradigm and victims of violent crimes (experiences, consequences, needs) as well as lay and expert perceptions of stalking.


Elgin Tonigs

Bio: I graduated from the University of Maastricht (NL) with a BSc in Psychology in 2013. Currently I’m following a Master programme in Health and Social Psychology at Maastricht University (NL) and in the context of my master thesis I came to Royal Holloway to conduct a research project on eyewitness memory.

Tjeu Theunissen

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Bio: Tjeu completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2012 at Maastricht University (NL). Additionally he has completed a year of clinical electives and trainings at the Health Science Bachelors program as well. In 2013 he completed a Masters of Mental Health science and is now currently doing a Masters in Psychology & Law at Maastricht University. His Mental Health thesis included an fMRI study which explored the neural cognitive correlations of reactive aggression, by comparing the brain activity of forensic psychiatric patients with that of controls during an aggression inducing task. Currently, for his Psychology & Law thesis he is looking at Eyewitness Memory for single versus repeated Scenes of Traumatic Events. Tjeu is a visiting researcher from the Netherlands under supervision of Professor Amina Memon.
Research Interests: Psychopathology, trauma, eyewitness memory, aggression, personality, and mental health care/processes in the criminal justice system.