Professor Fiona Gabbert

Staff details

Position Professor of Psychology and Director of Goldsmiths' Forensic Psychology Unit
Department Psychology
Email f.gabbert (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5496
Professor Fiona Gabbert

Summary

Fiona is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths. She also chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), and acts as Associate Editor for the academic journal 'Memory'. Fiona has an international reputation for her research on the suggestibility of memory and investigative interviewing, that has had an international impact on police operational procedure and policy. She is currently working with the United Nations advising on the development of a Universal Protocol on investigative interviewing. Her work has been recognised by awards for Academic Excellence, Mid-Career Excellence, and Public Engagement.

Grants and Awards

Fiona has received external grant funding from a variety of organisations to support her work including: ESRC, CREST, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, the College of Policing, and the BIAL Foundation.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Fiona is committed to the public understanding of research, as evidenced by frequent ambitious Public Engagement activities undertaken by the Forensic Psychology Unit. These include award-winning educational immersive theatre events that have attracted 1000s of members of the public to Goldsmiths (see https://www.gold.ac.uk/forensic-psychology-unit/). Some other examples include:
• Organising seminars, panel discussions, and a range of research events designed to connect the wider public with relevant research conducted by members of the Forensic Psychology Unit and the Forensic and Clinical Science Group.
• Providing seminars and research consultancy to organisations to facilitate knowledge-exchange.
• Engaging in public-facing events including festivals, lectures, school events, and panel discussions.
• Engaging with the media, including television, radio, and press interviews.

Research Interests

Fiona's research has a strong focus on improving the usability, credibility, and reliability of evidence from witnesses. This has led to the introduction of new evidence-based investigative interview tools and training resources to the field, such as the Self-Administered Interview, the Structured Interview Protocol, and the Timeline Technique. Key areas of interest are listed below.

• Eyewitness memory
• Investigative interviewing
• Facilitating recall
• Building trust and rapport
• Metacognition
• Suggestibility of memory
• Social influences on memory
• Memory conformity

Publications

Edited Book

Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications
Ridley, Anne; Gabbert, Fiona and La Rooy, David, eds. 2013. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-66369-1

Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications
Ridley, Anne; Gabbert, Fiona and La Rooy, David, eds. 2013. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0470663684

Book Section

Training in Investigative Interviewing: observations and challenges
St-Yves, M; Griffiths, A; Cyr, M; Gabbert, Fiona; Carmans, M; Sellie, C; Bruneau, G and Powell, M. 2014. Training in Investigative Interviewing: observations and challenges. In: M St-Yves and A Griffiths, eds. Investigative Interviewing: The Essential Handbook of best practices. Canada: Carswell, pp. 245-269. ISBN 978-0-7798-6273-3

Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: What do we know?
Ridley, Anne; Gabbert, Fiona and La Rooy, David. 2013. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: What do we know? In: Anne Ridley; Fiona Gabbert and David La Rooy, eds. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 217-226. ISBN 978-0470663684

Suggestibility and memory conformity
Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2013. Suggestibility and memory conformity. In: Anne Ridley; Fiona Gabbert and David La Rooy, eds. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-66369-1

Suggestibility and memory conformity
Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2013. Suggestibility and memory conformity. In: Anne Ridley; Fiona Gabbert and David La Rooy, eds. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 63-84. ISBN 978-0470663684

Conformity in Eyewitness Reports
Gabbert, Fiona. 2007. Conformity in Eyewitness Reports. In: Brian Cutler, ed. Encyclopedia of psychology and law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN 978-1412951890

The ageing eyewitness
Memon, Amina; Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2004. The ageing eyewitness. In: Joanna Adler, ed. Forensic Psychology: Debates, Concepts and Practice. Willan, pp. 96-112. ISBN 978-1843920090

Article

Interviewing Witnesses: Eliciting Coarse-Grain Information
Brewer, N; Nagesh Vagadia, A; Hope, Lorraine and Gabbert, Fiona. 2018. Interviewing Witnesses: Eliciting Coarse-Grain Information. Law and Human Behavior, 42(5), pp. 458-471. ISSN 0147-7307

The Benefits of a Self-Generated Cue Mnemonic for Timeline Interviewing.
Kontogianni, F; Hope, Lorraine; Taylor, P. J.; Vrij, A and Gabbert, Fiona. 2018. The Benefits of a Self-Generated Cue Mnemonic for Timeline Interviewing. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 7(3), pp. 454-461. ISSN 2211-3681

Memory at the Sharp End: The Costs of Remembering With Others in Forensic Contexts
Hope, Lorraine and Gabbert, Fiona. 2018. Memory at the Sharp End: The Costs of Remembering With Others in Forensic Contexts. Topics in Cognitive Science, ISSN 1756-8757

Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)
Farrugia, Laura; Oxburgh, Gavin and Gabbert, Fiona. 2018. Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT). Investigative Interviewing Research & Practice, ISSN 2227-7420

Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Review
Wheeler, Rebecca L. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2017. Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Review. Frontiers, 8(1830), ISSN 0160-9009

“I Think He Had A Tattoo On His Neck”: How Co-Witness Discussions About A Perpetrator’s Description Can Affect Eyewitness Identification Decisions.
Eisen, Mitchell; Gabbert, Fiona; Ting, Rebecca and Williams, Joseph. 2017. “I Think He Had A Tattoo On His Neck”: How Co-Witness Discussions About A Perpetrator’s Description Can Affect Eyewitness Identification Decisions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6(3), pp. 274-282. ISSN 2211-3681

Police officers’ perceptions and experiences with mentally disordered suspects
Oxburgh, L.; Cherryman, J.; Milne, R. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2016. Police officers’ perceptions and experiences with mentally disordered suspects. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 49(A), pp. 138-146. ISSN 0160-2527

Memory and the Operational Witness: Police officer recall of firearms encounters as a function of active response role
Hope, Lorraine; Blocksidge, Dave; Gabbert, Fiona; Sauer, James; Lewinski, William; Mirashi, Arta and Atuk, Emel. 2016. Memory and the Operational Witness: Police officer recall of firearms encounters as a function of active response role. Law and Human Behavior, 40, pp. 23-35. ISSN 0147-7307

How effective is retrieval support for witnesses with different levels of working and source memory?
Krix, Alana; Sauerland, Melanie; Mercklebach, Harald; Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2015. How effective is retrieval support for witnesses with different levels of working and source memory? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, pp. 335-348. ISSN 2044-5911

Enhancing older adults’ eyewitness memory for present and future events with the Self-administered Interview.
Gawrylowicz, Julie; Memon, Amina; Scoboria, Alan; Hope, Lorraine and Gabbert, Fiona. 2014. Enhancing older adults’ eyewitness memory for present and future events with the Self-administered Interview. Psychology and Aging, 29(4), pp. 885-890. ISSN 0882-7974

Registered replication report: Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990)
Alogna, V. K. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2014. Registered replication report: Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, pp. 556-578. ISSN 1745-6916

Providing eyewitnesses with initial retrieval support: What works at immediate and subsequent recall?
Krix, Alana; Sauerland, Melanie; Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2014. Providing eyewitnesses with initial retrieval support: What works at immediate and subsequent recall? Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(10), pp. 1005-1027. ISSN 1068-316X

Protecting and enhancing eyewitness memory: The Impact of an Initial Recall Attempt on Performance in an Investigative Interview
Hope, Lorraine; Gabbert, Fiona; Fisher, Ronald P. and Jamieson, Kat. 2014. Protecting and enhancing eyewitness memory: The Impact of an Initial Recall Attempt on Performance in an Investigative Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28(3), pp. 304-313. ISSN 0888-4080

Face recognition and description abilities in people with mild Intellectual Disabilities.
Gawrylowicz, Julie; Gabbert, Fiona; Carson, Derek; Lindsay, William and Hancock, Peter. 2013. Face recognition and description abilities in people with mild Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26(5), pp. 435-446. ISSN 1360-2322

Explicit Mentalizing Mechanisms and Their Adaptive Role in Memory Conformity
Wheeler, Rebecca L.; Allan, Kevin; Tsivilis, Dimitris; Martin, Douglas and Gabbert, Fiona. 2013. Explicit Mentalizing Mechanisms and Their Adaptive Role in Memory Conformity. PLOS ONE, 8(4), ISSN 1932-6203

Who? What? When? Use of a novel timeline technique to facilitate recall of a complex event
Hope, Lorraine; Mullis, Rebecca and Gabbert, Fiona. 2013. Who? What? When? Use of a novel timeline technique to facilitate recall of a complex event. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2(1), pp. 20-24. ISSN 2211-3681

Exogenous social identity cues differentially affect the dynamic tracking of individual target faces
Allen, Roy and Gabbert, Fiona. 2013. Exogenous social identity cues differentially affect the dynamic tracking of individual target faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 39(6), pp. 1982-1989. ISSN 0278-7393

Postincident conferring by law enforcement officers: Determining the impact of team discussions on statement content, accuracy, and officer beliefs.
Hope, Lorraine; Gabbert, Fiona and Fraser, Joanne. 2013. Postincident conferring by law enforcement officers: Determining the impact of team discussions on statement content, accuracy, and officer beliefs. Law and Human Behavior, 37(2), pp. 117-127. ISSN 0147-7307

Holistic Versus Featural Facial Composite Systems for People with Mild Intellectual Disabilities
Gawrylowicz, Julie; Gabbert, Fiona; Carson, Derek; Lindsay, William and Hancock, Peter. 2012. Holistic Versus Featural Facial Composite Systems for People with Mild Intellectual Disabilities. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(5), pp. 716-720. ISSN 0888-4080

Memory conformity and the perceived accuracy of Self versus Other
Allan, Kevin; Midjord, JP; Martin, Douglas and Gabbert, Fiona. 2012. Memory conformity and the perceived accuracy of Self versus Other. Memory & Cognition, 40(2), pp. 280-286. ISSN 0090-502X

Delay and Age Effects on Identification Accuracy and Confidence: An Investigation Using a Video Identification Parade
Clifford, Brian; Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina and Gabbert, Fiona. 2012. Delay and Age Effects on Identification Accuracy and Confidence: An Investigation Using a Video Identification Parade. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(1), pp. 130-139. ISSN 0888-4080

The suitability of holistic versus featural facial composite systems for people with mild learning disabilities
Gawrylowicz, Julie; Gabbert, Fiona; Carson, Derek; Lindsay, B and Hancock, Peter. 2012. The suitability of holistic versus featural facial composite systems for people with mild learning disabilities. Applied Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 0888-4080

Witnesses in Action: The Effect of Physical Exertion on Recall and Recognition
Hope, L.; Lewinski, W.; Dixon, J.; Blocksidge, D. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2012. Witnesses in Action: The Effect of Physical Exertion on Recall and Recognition. Psychological Science, 23(4), pp. 386-390. ISSN 0956-7976

Protecting Against Misleading Post-event Information with a Self-Administered Interview
Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine; Fisher, Ronald P. and Jamieson, Kat. 2012. Protecting Against Misleading Post-event Information with a Self-Administered Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(4), pp. 568-575. ISSN 08884080

Protecting Against Misleading Post-event Information with a Self-Administered Interview
Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine; Fisher, Ronald P. and Jamieson, Kat. 2012. Protecting Against Misleading Post-event Information with a Self-Administered Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(4), pp. 568-575. ISSN 0888-4080

A field evaluation of the VIPER system: A new technique for eliciting eyewitness identification evidence
Memon, Amina; Havard, Catriona; Clifford, Brian; Gabbert, Fiona and Watt, Moray. 2011. A field evaluation of the VIPER system: A new technique for eliciting eyewitness identification evidence. Psychology, Crime and Law, 17(8), pp. 711-729. ISSN 1068-316X

From laboratory to the street: Capturing witness memory using a Self-Administered Interview
Hope, Lorraine; Gabbert, Fiona and Fisher, Ronald P.. 2011. From laboratory to the street: Capturing witness memory using a Self-Administered Interview. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 16(2), pp. 211-226. ISSN 1355-3259

Memory conformity: Can eyewitnesses influence each other's memories for an event?
Gabbert, Fiona; Memon, Amina and Allan, Kevin. 2011. Memory conformity: Can eyewitnesses influence each other's memories for an event? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, pp. 163-174. ISSN 0888-4080

A comparison of video and static photo lineups with child and adolescent witnesses
Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Clifford, Brian and Gabbert, Fiona. 2010. A comparison of video and static photo lineups with child and adolescent witnesses. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24(9), pp. 1209-1221. ISSN 0888-4080

Abstract Obtaining evidence from child witnesses using video parades.
Memon, Amina; Harvard, C; Clifford, Brian and Gabbert, Fiona. 2009. Abstract Obtaining evidence from child witnesses using video parades. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, 5(1), p. 49. ISSN 1547-769X

When Eyewitnesses Talk
Wright, Daniel; Memon, Amina; Skagerberg, Elin and Gabbert, Fiona. 2009. When Eyewitnesses Talk. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(3), pp. 174-178. ISSN 0963-7214

Protecting eyewitness evidence: Examining the efficacy of a self-administered interview tool.
Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine and Fisher, Ronald P.. 2009. Protecting eyewitness evidence: Examining the efficacy of a self-administered interview tool. Law and Human Behavior, 33(4), pp. 298-307. ISSN 0147-7307

Protecting Eyewitness Evidence: Examining the Efficacy of a Self-Administered Interview Tool
Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine and Fisher, Ronald P.. 2008. Protecting Eyewitness Evidence: Examining the Efficacy of a Self-Administered Interview Tool. Law and Human Behavior, 33, pp. 298-307. ISSN 0147-7307

Changing the Criterion for Memory Conformity in Free Recall.
Wright, Daniel; Gabbert, Fiona; Memon, Amina and London, K. 2008. Changing the Criterion for Memory Conformity in Free Recall. Memory, 16(2), pp. 137-148. ISSN 0965-8211

“With a little help from my friends…”: The role of co-witness relationship in susceptibility to misinformation.
Hope, Lorraine; Ost, James; Gabbert, Fiona; Healey, Sarah and Lenton, Emma. 2008. “With a little help from my friends…”: The role of co-witness relationship in susceptibility to misinformation. Acta Psychologica, 127(2), pp. 476-484. ISSN 0001-6918

I still think it was a banana: Memorable lies and forgettable truths
Allan, Kevin and Gabbert, Fiona. 2008. I still think it was a banana: Memorable lies and forgettable truths. Acta Psychologica, 127(2), pp. 299-308. ISSN 0001-6918

I saw it for longer than you: The relationship between perceived encoding duration and memory conformity
Gabbert, Fiona; Memon, Amina and Wright, Daniel. 2007. I saw it for longer than you: The relationship between perceived encoding duration and memory conformity. Acta Psychologica, 124(3), pp. 319-331. ISSN 0001-6918

Memory conformity: Disentangling the steps towards influence during a discussion.
Gabbert, Fiona and Memon, Amina. 2006. Memory conformity: Disentangling the steps towards influence during a discussion. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13(3), pp. 480-485. ISSN 1069-9384

Say it to my face: Examining the effects of socially encountered misinformation
Gabbert, Fiona; Memon, Amina; Allan, Kevin and Wright, Daniel. 2004. Say it to my face: Examining the effects of socially encountered misinformation. Legal & Criminological Psychology, 9(2), pp. 214-227. ISSN 1355-3259

Memory conformity: Can eyewitnesses influence each other's memories for an event?
Gabbert, Fiona; Memon, Amina and Allan, Kevin. 2003. Memory conformity: Can eyewitnesses influence each other's memories for an event? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17, pp. 533-543. ISSN 0888-4080

Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: Do pre-lineup questions and sequential testing help?
Memon, Amina and Gabbert, Fiona. 2003. Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: Do pre-lineup questions and sequential testing help? Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(2), pp. 341-347. ISSN 0021-9010

Unravelling the effects of sequential presentation in culprit present lineups
Memon, Amina and Gabbert, Fiona. 2003. Unravelling the effects of sequential presentation in culprit present lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17(6), pp. 703-714. ISSN 0888-4080

Conference or Workshop Item

An innovative method for improving accident investigation
Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine; Jamieson, Kat and Lang, Katie L.. 2010. 'An innovative method for improving accident investigation'. In: Society of Petroleum Engineers Middle East Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition (SPE MEHSSE),. Manama, Bahrain.

Report

Field Evaluation of the Self-Administered Interview
Gabbert, Fiona and Hope, Lorraine. 2012. Field Evaluation of the Self-Administered Interview. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED.

The Impact of Conferring on Individual and Collaborative Recall in a Policing Context.
Hope, Lorraine and Gabbert, Fiona. 2010. The Impact of Conferring on Individual and Collaborative Recall in a Policing Context.. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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