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Research interests

Katie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at Bath. Katie’s work has two main strands – autism and forensic psychology, and the intersection between them. For example, her research examines how autistic people fare when they are interviewed by the police as a witness or as a suspect of an alleged offence. Findings from this work show that current police interviewing techniques do not elicit ‘best evidence’ from autistic individuals. Through her ESRC Future Research Leaders grant Katie has developed new methods of questioning to obtain detailed, relevant and accurate information about an event from an autistic person in police interviews as well as in other areas including job interviews. She will be extending this work to courtroom questioning in a new three-year ESRC-funded project commencing in 2023.

Katie works with a range of policy makers and end-user organisations, including a close collaboration with Avon and Somerset police. She is currently on an ESRC-funded secondment working with the Home Office on the Cyber Prevent strategy. 

 

Research areas

  • Memory and cognition
  • Autism
  • Forensic psychology
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Offending behaviour
  • Cybercrime

 

Recent grants

2023-2026       ESRC Research Grant (PI): Measuring Special Measures: Supporting access to justice for autistic people. £657,224

2022-2023       ESRC Home Office Policy Fellowship – Cyber Prevent (PI): £107,958

2017-2021       ESRC ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant (PI): Reporting by people with autism: A new evidence-based supportive model for information gathering in applied interview contexts. £279,555

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Criminal justice system
  • Employment
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Forensic psychology
  • Memory
  • Cognition

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