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Dr Catriona Havard

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Professional biography


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

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 the biases people 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 Lee CurleyDr Gini HarrisonProf Graham Pike,  Dr Hayley NessDr Ailsa Strathie Dr Jim Turner,and Dr Zoe Walkington. I am a board mmeber of and the Harm Evidence and Research Collaborative (HERC) and a member of the Open University Policing Research Consortium

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  Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy (DD310)

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

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Forensic Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences