Associate Professor at Department of Criminal Law and Criminology | Faculty of Law | VU University Amsterdam
From crime to courtroom: Eyewitness testimony in cross cultural contexts
Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt is a legal psychologist and works as Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. She is co-founder and director of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP). She currently leads an ERC Starting Grant research team that investigates eyewitness memory in cross-cultural settings. Dr. Vredeveldt regularly appears as an expert witness in criminal cases and serves on advisory committees of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts and the Dutch National Police. She teaches the Psychology course in the international Law in Society programme at the VU and Project Reasonable Doubt, in which potentially dubious criminal convictions are re-evaluated.
Professor at Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University
Testing the limits: Motivations, group dynamics, and decision making in engagement with hacking
Professor John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, based within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. He completed his PhD at the University of West of Scotland, where he explored the social psychological factors associated with risky alcohol use. He has since expanded his research to include psychological determinants of risk behaviours in other domains including cybersecurity, fake news, digital addiction, and online gambling. He has secured funding in the form of grants and several match-funded PhD studentships to further develop these research areas. John applies this research to real-world problems through his role as a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association, a residential service for individuals who have experienced gambling harms. His work has been used as the basis for cybersecurity policy documents within the British Psychological Society and he has advised industry, charity, and government bodies in the UK and internationally. His work focuses on how to empower individuals to make informed decisions before they engage with behaviours that may be detrimental to their lives and future careers, such as involvement in criminal acts of hacking. He has been the editor and author of several books and numerous journal articles on these topics.
Professor of Psychology at Molde University College, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Understanding Intimate partner homicide: potential for improved prevention?
Solveig K. B. Vatnar, (Professor, PhD, Specialist in Clinical Psychology). She works as a researcher at the Centre for research and education in forensic psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital, Norway. She is Professor of Psychology at Molde University College, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. She has nearly 20 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist and supervisor for staff at Domestic Violence Shelters and Police. Her research mostly relates to intimate partner violence, intimate partner homicide and violence risk assessment. She has authored more than 30 international publications in journals and books in the fields of interpersonal violence.
Rui Abrunhosa Gonçalves
Directorate-General for Reintegration and Prison Services (Portugal)
Correctional teatment and offenders rehabilitation: Some lessons from the Portuguese reality
Rui Abrunhosa Gonçalves has been appointed Director-General of the Directorate-General for Reintegration and Prison Services, in August 2022, which is a department under the Portuguese Ministry of Justice whose mission is to ensure the management of the Portuguese prison and probation system. He is also an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology in the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), where in 1997 he took his Ph. D. in Forensic and Legal Psychology. He had consistently researched and published on the topics of violent and dangerous offenders namely psychopaths, sexual abusers and spouse abusers and the correctional system. He also worked as a forensic psychologist expert at the Counselling Unit of Forensic Psychology of the University of Minho, where he performed court evaluations and interventions on juvenile and adult offenders.
Professor of Psychology at Towson University (Maryland, USA)
A New Frontier: Using Psychology to Strengthen Forensic Science and Medicolegal Decision Making
SJeff Kukucka is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University (Maryland, USA). He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (2014) from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. His research examines psychological influences on forensic science and medicolegal decision-making, with a particular focus on how cognitive bias can produce unreliable and erroneous opinions. He frequently trains applied audiences on these issues and has worked as an expert witness in 13 US states, the District of Columbia, and the UK. He also serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Human Factors Task Group of the OSAC for Forensic Science (a US federal organization that develops and promotes best practices for all forensic science disciplines) and as case manager for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General's ongoing audit of Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.