Mr Adam Harvey

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About me

Background information:

As an undergraduate, I studied BSc Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UoP), obtaining a 1st class classification in 2013 and wining the Departments John Denis Award for best undergraduate Forensic Psychology dissertation. My PhD examined the effects of sub-optimal recall settings (i.e. reporting events after delays or in contexts when events were incidentally encoded) upon verbal deception cues (i.e. ‘richness of detail’).

I am somewhat of a ‘methodological polytheist’ and a proponent of quantitative, qualitative, and creative research methods, in addition to Open Science and Bayesian Analysis. 

My primary current research interests include: (i) verbal and nonverbal cues to deception; (ii) memory performance; (iii) lie-detection; and (iv) investigative interviewing.

Academic and Practical Experience:

In 2015 I became a full-time Research Associate at the UoP, working on two core projects: a High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) funded memory-based lie-detection project, and a Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) funded project developing the Verifiability Approach (VA). The outputs from these projects have been published in academic peer-reviewed journals including: Law and Human Behavor; the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (JARMAC); and Acta Psychologica

In 2019 I became a PTHP Lecturer and tutor in the School of Education and Sociology (UoP), before being appointed to Lecturer of Social Psychology in early 2020. My duties included delivery and module coordination for Creative Research Methods in Psychology, and Psychology in the Community, both level-6 elective modules, as well as supervision of psychology-inflected level-6 dissertations across the school. 

In September 2020 I became Lecturer in Social Psychology at UWE Bristol. I am currently the Social Psychology lead for our Introduction to Psychology module. 

Area of expertise

Applied Social Psychology (proactive verbal lie-detection)


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