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Biography

Ben joined Coventry University in January, 2021. Before this, he completed his BA (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde and his MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of York. His MSc project focused on how shyness and leading questions affect the confidence and accuracy of children’s eyewitness testimony. During his time in York, he also spent a year volunteering as a restorative justice practitioner for Remedi.

In 2018, he started his PhD at Edinburgh Napier University. His doctoral thesis investigated how interviewing techniques and temperament affect children as eyewitnesses, as well as the perception of jurors, and included developing a new tool for assessing temperament in young children. He presented his doctoral research at national and international conferences. In 2019, he won the award for best presentation at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research's annual postgraduate symposium. At Edinburgh Napier, he also worked as an associate lecturer, teaching classes on child development, eyewitness testimony, personality, and research methods.

Research Interests

His research examines how children's temperament relates to their eyewitness performance, as well as factors that impact jurors’ perceptions of witnesses. Additionally, he is interested in theories of personality, psychological measurements of personality, the reliability and credibility of eyewitness testimony, and testing police procedures used with children.

Master's Project

How leading questions and shyness affect children as eyewitnesses.

PhD Project

How interviewing techniques and temperament affect children as eyewitnesses and the decision making of jurors.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctorate, Edinburgh Napier University

20182021

Applied Forensic Psychology, MSc, University of York

20162017

Psychology, Degree, University of Strathclyde

20122016

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