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Professional biography

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Psychology & Sociology, Edinburgh Napier University (1999-2001)
MSc in Psychological Research Methods, University of Stirling (part-time from 2002 to 2004)
PhD in Psychology, University of Glasgow (2004-2007)

Professional affiliations

Associate member of Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
Associate member of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research
Associate member of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

My latest research focuses on the use of social media by members of the public to conduct their own criminal investigations and find the perpetrators of crime. Also how the use of social media by witnesses can influence later police lineup identifications, and how the police can tackle this in their own investigation procedures. Another avenue is the use of social media by the police and how this can vary from force to force.

The main and continuing theme of my research is in the area of face recognition. One strand of this research is in the applied area of eyewitness identification from lineups and also biases observers make when trying to match or recognise faces.  I have worked on projects investigating how children, adolescents and older adults make identifications, as these are groups that often perform poorly in these tasks, and have looked at ways to improve their performance.  I've also investigated other factors that influence face identification, such as the own-age and own-race bias, and length of delay between viewing an event and subsequent identification. The eyewitness research has led to the development of new techniques to try and reduce the false identification rates that can lead to wrongful convictions.  Click here for a short film about my research.

I am also part of the Forensic Psychology Research Group where I work closely with Prof Graham PikeDr Nicola BraceDr Jim TurnerDr Hayley Ness, Dr Zoe Walkington, Dr Ailsa Strathie and Dr Gini Harrison and a member of the Open University Policing Research Consortium and the Harm Evidence and Research Collaborative (HERC).

Teaching interests

Since joining the OU in 2011,  I have been involved with a number of different modules and was the Qualification director for BSc (Honours) Psychology (Q07). Currently  I am chairing production of Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy (DD310).To find out more about this new module and how it is progressing please visit http://dd310.madorbad.org/.  

I have also been invovled in other modules here at the Open University, such as Introducing  the Social Sciences (DD102),  Investigating Psychology 1 (DE100), and the postgraduates modules Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873) and Research methods dissertation in Social Science (D845).

External collaborations

Catriona has collaborated with a number of academics both nationally and internationally they include:

Professor Amina Memon, Royal Holloway Univesrity of London

Dr Ahmed Megreya, University of Qatar

Dr Markus Bindemann, University of Kent

Dr Alexandra Willis, Univesrity of Napier Edinburgh

Dr Phyllis Laybourn, University of Napier Edinburgh

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Forensic Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

The Mystery Man Can Increase the Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications for Older Adult Witnesses (2016)
Havard, Catriona; Laybourn, Phyllis and Klecha, Barbara
Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology ((Early Access))
Selfish learning: The impact of self-referential encoding on children's literacy attainment (2015-12)
Turk, David J.; Gillespie-Smith, Karri; Krigolson, Olave E.; Havard, Catriona; Conway, Martin A. and Cunningham, Sheila J.
Learning and instruction, 40 (pp. 54-60)
Are children less reliable at making visual identifications than adults? A review (2014)
Havard, Catriona
Psychology, Crime & Law, 20(4) (pp. 372-388)
The Mystery Man can help reduce false identifications for child witnesses:evidence from video lineups (2013-01)
Havard, Catriona and Memon, Amina
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(1) (pp. 50-59)
Identity-lineup location influences target selection: evidence from eye movements (2012-10)
Megreya, Ahmed M.; Bindemann, Markus; Havard, Catriona and Burton, A. Mike
Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 27(2) (pp. 167-178)
Effects of installing a marked crosswalk on road crossing behaviour and perceptions of the environment (2012-05)
Havard, Catriona and Willis, Alexandra
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 15(3) (pp. 249-260)
The headscarf effect: direct evidence from the eyewitness identification paradigm (2012-03)
Megreya, Ahmed M.; Memon, Amina and Havard, Catriona
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(2) (pp. 308-315)
Delay and age effects on identification accuracy and confidence: an investigation using a video identification parade (2012-01)
Clifford, Brian R.; Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina and Gabbert, Fiona
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(1) (pp. 130-139)
Own-age bias in video lineups: a comparison between children and adults (2012)
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Laybourn, Phyllis and Cunningham, Clare
Psychology, Crime & Law, 18(10) (pp. 929-944)
A field evaluation of the VIPER system: a new technique for eliciting eyewitness identification evidence (2011-10)
Memon, Amina; Havard, Catriona; Clifford, Brian; Gabbert, Fiona and Watt, Moray
Psychology, Crime & Law, 17(8) (pp. 711-729)
Sex differences in unfamiliar face identification: evidence from matching tasks (2011)
Megreya, Ahmed M.; Bindemann, Markus and Havard, Catriona
Acta Psychologica, 137(1) (pp. 83-89)
Left face matching bias: right hemisphere dominance or scanning habits? (2011)
Megreya, Ahmed M. and Havard, Catriona
Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 16(1) (pp. 75-92)
A comparison of video and static photo lineups with child and adolescent witnesses (2010)
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Clifford, Brian and Gabbert, Fiona
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24(9) (pp. 1209-1221)
The influence of face age on identification from a video line-up: a comparison between older and younger adults (2009)
Havard, Catriona and Memon, Amina
Memory, 17(8) (pp. 847-859)
Let’s you do that: sharing the cognitive burdens of dialogue (2007)
Bard, E. G.; Anderson, A. H.; Chen, Y.; Nicholson, H. B. M.; Havard, C. and Dalzel-Job, S.
Journal of Memory and Language, 57(4) (pp. 616-641)
Human movement behaviour in urban spaces: implications for the design and modelling of effective pedestrian environments (2004)
Willis, Alexandra; Gjersoe, Nathalia; Havard, Catriona; Kerridge, Jon and Kukla, Robert
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 31(6) (pp. 805-828)
Working therapeutically in forensic settings (2017-06-02)
Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Barker, Meg-John; Pike, Graham; Raabe, Bianca and Walkington, Zoe
In: Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds. Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (pp. 9-22)
ISBN : 978-1-4739-6351-1 | Publisher : Sage
Children’s face identification ability (2017)
Havard, Catriona
In: Bindemann, Markus and Megreya, Ahmed M. eds. Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences
ISBN : 978-1-53612-431-6 | Publisher : Nova Science Publishers Inc
Historical Overview (2017)
Havard, Catriona and Watson, Katherine D.
In: Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds. Mad or Bad: A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (pp. 23-36)
ISBN : 9781473963528 | Publisher : Sage
Facial Recognition from Identification Parades (2012-05-01)
Havard, Catriona and Memon, Amina
In: Wilkinson, C. M and Ryan. , C. eds. Cranofacial Identification (pp. 86-100)
Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (2017-06-02)
Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds.
ISBN : 9781473963511 | Publisher : Sage
Variability of background colour in suspect line-ups and identification accuracy (2016)
Thirkettle, Martin; Havard, Catriona and Richter, Stephanie
In : 26th Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) (05-08 July 2016, Toulouse, France)
The own race bias in child and adolescent witnesses (2016)
Havard, Catriona; Humphries, Joyce and Memon, Amina
In : 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society (17th-20th November 2016, Boston, US)
How does image background colour influence facial identification? (2015-08-16)
Havard, Catriona; Thirkettle, Martin; Barrett, David and Ritcher, Stephanie
In : 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) (24 - 27 August 2015, Liverpool, UK)
Improving line-up identifications using the mystery man procedure (2015-07-02)
Havard, Catriona
In : The Student Connections Conference (30 June - 4 July 2014, Milton Keynes, UK)
Viewing a video lineup twice can reduce identification accuracy for child witnesses (2012-08-30)
Havard, Catriona and Memon, Amina
In : British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Cognitive Section (29 - 31 August 2012, Glasgow, UK)
Can the ‘Mystery Man’ help to reduce false identification for older adult witnesses? (2012)
Havard, Catriona; Laybourn, Phyllis and Klecha, Barbara
In : The European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) (10th-13th April 2012., Nicosia, Cyprus.)
Can the Mystery Man help to reduce false identification for child witnesses: A study with video lineups (2011)
Havard, Catriona and Memon, Amina
In : Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) IX (27th - 29th June 2011, New York)
Own race bias in video lineups: A comparison between Caucasian and Asian witnesses (2011)
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina and Humphries, Joyce
In : British Psychological Society Annual Conference (4th-6th May 2011, Glasgow, UK)
The influence of the cross-race effect on children’s and adolescents identification accuracy in sequential video line-ups (2010)
Humphries, Joyce; Memon, Amina and Havard, Catriona
In : The British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, (22nd-25th June 2010, Canterbury, UK)
The behaviour of witnesses viewing VIPER Parades: evidence from a Scottish survey. (2008)
Havard, Catriona; Chaudhry, Fraz and Memon, Amina
In : 2nd Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) Annual Conference (02 September 2008., Edinburgh, UK)
Obtaining evidence from child witnesses using video parades (2008)
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Clifford, Brian and Gabbert, Fiona
In : 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (2-5 July 2008, Maastricht,The Netherlands)
Obtaining evidence from child witnesses: the advantage of VIPER parades. (2008)
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Clifford, Brian; Gabbert, Fiona and Watt, Moray
In : Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) Evidence & Investigation Network Seminar, "Obtaining evidence from vulnerable witnesses" (15 October 2008., Aberdeen, UK)