Jo Kenrick

Staff details

Position Teaching Fellow
Department Psychology
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Jo Kenrick

Jo's role at Goldsmiths is primarily teaching and she is available to supervise students on the BSc Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology interested in using quantitative and qualitative methods to explore deception, the dark tetrad and investigative interviewing.

Her research is based in the Forensic Psychology Unit (FPU) and uses experimental techniques as well as qualitative methods and secondary data analysis of large data sets (e.g. Euro barometer).

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Applying cognitive psychology to the forensic area with a specific focus on deceptive skill and cognitive theories of general expertise. Asking things like "what makes someone a really good liar?" Also evidence-based alternatives to torture and coercion (using investigative interviewing), the dark tetrad of personalities and explanations for victim blaming.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Jo is involved in public outreach with the aim of ending torture and frequently delivers public lectures, film screenings and interactive events to inform people of how it is ineffective and counter-productive.

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Conferences and talks

2019: Participant - House of Lords Roundtable discussion - The development of guidelines on investigative interviewing and associated safeguards.

2019: Speaker and Conference Panel Discussant - 'Physical and Psychological Torture: Multi-disciplinary approaches to a global problem.'

2019: Oral presentation - Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)

2019: Oral presentation - International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

2019: Gravesend Skeptics in the Pub invited speaker - “Why torture doesn’t work and what does”

Grants and awards

2019: Winner of Goldsmiths Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards - Postgraduate Researcher category