Christopher Lively
PhD Candidate

Research in Forensic Psychology

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and am a senior member of the Psychology and Law Laboratory. The overarching goal of my research is to improve and support the administration of justice through applied social psychological theory and methodology. Specifically, my research explores investigative interviewing practices (within policing and the judiciary), examines issues impacting legal decision making (e.g., alibi assessments), and aims to improve the protection of youth suspects by increasing their legal rights comprehension.

In addition to my research, I also teach a course in Forensic Psychology and have taught this course at Memorial University (St. John’s, NL) and Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, NS). I am also the Deputy Journal Editor (Early Career Researcher) for Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice  (the official journal for the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group), and serve on the Executive Committee for the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychological Association, where my primary role is being the Review Editor for Crime Scene.

If you are interested in my work or would like to discuss research collaboration opportunities, please contact me

Research Interests

  • Alibi Assessment
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Judiciary Questioning Practices
  • Legal Decision-Making Processes
  • Comprehension of Legal Rights
  • Weapon-Focus Effect
  • Wrongful Convictions

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