Christopher Lively, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis Xavier University  where I teach core courses related to the Applied Forensic Psychology Program. Courses I have taught or are currently teaching include: Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science (PSYC 101); Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science and Profession (PSYC 102); Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSYC 110); Professional Skills and Training – Practicum I (PSYC 257); Professional Skills and Training – Practicum II (PSYC 357); and Psychology and Law (PSYC 382).

Beyond my teaching responsibilities, I also research topics within forensic psychology. The overarching goal of my research is to improve and support the administration of justice through applied 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.

I am an alumnus of the Psychology and Law Lab in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  I also serve on the Executive Committee for the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychological Association, where my primary role is being the Managing 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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