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Forensic science starts at the crime scene and ends in the courtroom. The researchers at FIU Law and the department of legal psychology provide a comprehensive approach to GFJC’s mission in uniting the sciences for justice

Working with the Florida Center for Capital Representation (FCCR), we can not only ensure sound forensic science is applied to wrongful convictions – but ensure miscarriages of science aren’t in practice again.

Researchers at FIU have expertise topics including witness memory, interrogations, investigative interviewing, lineups, deception detection and juror decision-making. FIU is one of the few universities in the world with a doctoral concentration in legal psychology.

The GFJC provides a training avenue for both the FIU Legal Psychology and FIU Law teams through contracted and partnered work.

  • Memory Science for Contact Tracing

    FIU Psychologists Deborah GoldfarbJacqueline Evans, and Ronald Fisher, through funding by an NSF Rapid Response grant, work to identify a more effective way to conduct contact tracing. The FIU team will test whether memory for contacts can be improved across different age ranges. Specifically, this study tests whether people between the ages of 9 and 90 recall more contacts when questioned using the cognitive interview compared to a standard contact tracing interview.

    The cognitive interview was originally developed by Fisher to gather information from witnesses to crimes. It applies theories of social and cognitive psychology to increase the amount of information a person remembers during an interview. This technique is considered by many to be the gold standard in investigative interviewing. Now, it is being used to improve contact tracing and help flatten the curve of COVID-19. Effective contact tracing relies on an accurate, complete list of names. Getting that complete list relies on the asking the right questions, the right way.

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