Biography

My research interests centre on the application of developmental, cognitive, and social psychology to inform and improve practice and public policy. In particular, I am interested in the interface between psychology, criminal law, and/or the family. My research has primarily involved the evaluation of the quality of forensic interviewing and courtroom questioning of vulnerable witnesses. I am currently Principle Investigator of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) New Investigator Grant (£302,664, 2019-2021), investigating the use and effectiveness of special measures in child sexual abuse cases.

Education:

  • 2014: BA (Hons). Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. University of Cambridge. 1st Class.
  • 2017: MA. Psychology. University of Cambridge.
  • 2017: PhD. Psychology. University of Cambridge. "Child Victims in Scottish Criminal Courts", funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship. Supervised by Prof. Michael E. Lamb.
  • Current (part-time): Graduate Diploma in Law. BPP University. Funded by a Career Guarantee Scholarship and the Cohen Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.
  • Current (part-time): MA Higher Education Practice. Keele University.

I am accepting applications for PhD and Masters students.

I am avalible to serve as an expert witness.

Research and scholarship

Funding & Grants Awarded – Total (£383,822): 

  • 2019-2022: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), New Investigator Grant – “Special Measures for Vulnerable Witnesses: Use, Effectiveness, and Improvement” (£302,664, PI).
  • 2019: Research Support Fund, School of Psychology, Keele University (£1,847).
  • 2018: Research Support Fund, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University (£5,000).2018: Impact Accelorator Fund, Keele University (£2,500).
  • 2017: Research Support Fund, School of Psychology, Keele University (£1,340).
  • 2017: Research Support Fund, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University (£2,979).
  • 2014 - 2017: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) competitively attained Ph.D. Studentship (£18,989 per year, totaling £56,967).
  • 2016: Graduate Research Fund awarded by Sidney Sussex College (£1,000).
  • 2016: Free master class place awarded by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). 
  • 2016: Santander Mobility Grant (£600).
  • 2016: American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Travel Award (£375). 
  • 2016: Parry Dutton Student Fund awarded by Sidney Sussex College (£1,200). 
  • 2016: American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Continuing Education Workshop Grant (free workshop).  
  • 2015: Economic and Social Research Council Research Training Support Grants (ESRC RTSG). Discretionary funding – research (£3,000).
  • 2015: Economic and Social Research Council Research Training Support Grants (ESRC RTSG). Discretionary funding – statistics (£600).
  • 2014: Parry Dutton Student Fund awarded by Sidney Sussex College (£1,000). 

  • 2014: Postgraduate Search Bursary Competition - Winner (Law category) (+ £1,000). 

  • 2014: Sidney Sussex Undergraduate Research and Professional Experience Grant (£1,000).
  • 2013: Sidney Sussex Tutor's Study Award (£500).
  • 2013: L.A. Hamlyn Travel Prize (£250).

Honors & Awards

  • 2017: Nominee for the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Dissertation Award.
  • 2014: Academic Exhibition awarded by Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

  • 2014: American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Undergraduate Paper Award – 2nd place.

  • 2013: Honorable mention from the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) for the publication “The effects of age and delay on responses to repeated questions in forensic interviews with children alleging sexual abuse”. First-authored and published in Law and Human Behavior during my second-undergraduate year. 

Reviewing

  • Journals: Applied Cognitive Psychology; Behavioral Sciences and the Law; Child Abuse and Neglect; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology; Law and Human Behavior; Psychology, Crime, and Law; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; Translational Issues in Psychological Science.
  • Conferences: American Psychological Association; American Psychology-Law Society; European Association of Psychology and Law; International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. 

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association – Division 1, General Psychology.
  • American Psychological Association – Division 7, Developmental Psychology.
  • American Psychological Association – Division 37, Society for Child Health and Family Policy and Practice.
  • American Psychological Association – Division 41, American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS).
  • American Psychological Association – Division 43, Society for Couple and Family Psychology.
  • British Mensa (membership gained in 2011).
  • British Psychological Society – Chartered Membership.
  • Cambridge University Psychology Society and Cambridge University Law Society.
  • European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL).
  • International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG).

Teaching

Teaching:

  • Personal Tutor
  • PSY10033 – Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology (Seminar Leader; Core Marker).
  • PSY10034 – Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Seminar Leader; Core Marker).
  • PSY10036 – Introduction to Research Design for Psychology (Lecturer; Lab Leader; Core Marker).
  • PSY20046 - The Psychology of Crime, Investigation, and Punishment (Module Leader; Lecturer; Core Marker). 
  • PSY30061 – Final Year Research Project (Supervisor; Second Marker).
  • PSY30126 – The Psychology of Deviance (Lecturer; Core Marker).
  • PSY30123 - Faces, Forensics, and Forgetting (Lecturer; Core Marker).
  • PSY40046 – Advanced Study in Child Development (Lecturer).
  • PSY40015 – MSc Dissertation Supervision (Core Marker).

 

Current PhD Student (primary supervisor):

  • Megan Hermolle (1st year) - "Understanding Rape Myths in the United Kingdom". Second supervisor, Prof. Claire Fox. 

 

Current Undergradute Research Students:

  • Beth Cornish - "Can providing a rationale for question repetition improve the quality of children's responses when recalling details of an experienced event?"
  • Lillie Grant - "What coping mechanisms are most effective when dealing with stressors associated with incarceration?"
  • Kim Steele - "Childhood sexual abuse and the consequential effects on trust in adult survivors". 
  • Amy Ratcliffe - "Young adults' perceptions of future relationships: A comparative study on the effect of parental relationship and gender". 
  • Yaren Kaya - "Contributions of forensic interviews and court examinations to children's evidence in alleged sexual abuse cases". 
  • Rosie Spriggs - "How does the presence of additional evidence influence mock juror perceptions of children's credibility?"
  • Katie Rice - "How is resilience fostered in adults who have been maltreated as children?"
  • Charlotte Humphreys - " The effectiveness of rehabilitative procedures according to first-hand accounts from male ex-offenders". 
  • Lydia Beech - "Police perspective: A qualitative report of the psycholoigcal implications of historic sex abuse".
  • Louise Paterson - "Widowed fathers: An exploration into experiences of single parenthood, support, and bereavement". 
  • Amy Quinn - "Secondary trauma in police officers who forensically interview alleged victims of child maltreatment".

Further information

I currently sit/contribute on the following:

Faculty of Natural Sciences Ethics Committee

School of Psychology Ethics Committee (Vice Chair)

Psychology Graduate Research Committee

School of Psychology Research Committee (Early Career Representative)

Keele Institute for Social Inclusion, Supporting Communities (Deputy Theme Lead)

Technical Innovation Group (Developmental Research Group Representative)

School of Psychology Open Day Team

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (* denotes a mentored student):

  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2018, accepted). Lawyers' question content and children’s responses in Scottish Criminal courts. Psychology, Crime, & Law.
  • *Skinner, G. M., Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2018, accepted)The disclosure of alleged child sexual abuse: an investigation of criminal court transcripts in Scotland. Psychology, Crime, & Law.
  • *Prince, E., Andrews, S. J., Foster, J. L., & Lamb, M. E. (2018)The construction of allegedly abused children's narratives in Scottish criminal courts. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 24(6), 621 - 651. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1399395
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2018). Cross-examining young alleged complainers in Scottish criminal courts. Criminal Law Review, 1, 34 - 57. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2017, in press). Lawyers’ question repetition and children’s responses in Scottish criminal courts. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260517725739
  • Andrews, S. J., Ahern, E., & Lamb, M. E. (2017). Children's expressions of uncertainty when testifying about alleged sexual abuse in Scottish courts. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 35(3), 204 – 224. doi:10.1002/bsl.2286
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2017). The structural linguistic complexity of lawyers’ questions and children’s responses in Scottish criminal courts. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 182 – 193. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.01.022
  • *Szojka, Z., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2016). Challenging the credibility of alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Scottish courts. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 23(2), 200 – 210. doi: 10.1037/law0000117
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2016). How do lawyers examine and cross-examine children in Scotland? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(6), 953–971. doi: 10.1002/acp.3286.
  • Ahern, E., Andrews, S. J., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2015, in press). The productivity of wh- prompts in child forensic interviews. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515621084
  • Andrews, S. J., Ahern, E., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2015). The productivity of wh- prompts when children testify. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(3), 341-349. doi: 10.1002/acp.3204  
  • Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Lyon, T. D. (2015). The effects of question repetition on responses in direct- and cross-examinations of children alleging sexual abuse in court. Law and Human Behavior, 39(6), 559-570. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000152
  • Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Lyon, T. D. (2015). Question types, responsiveness and self-contradictions when prosecutors and defense attorneys question alleged victims of child sexual abuse. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28(2), 253-261. doi: 10.1002/acp.3103
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2014). The effects of age and delay on responses to repeated questions in forensic interviews with children alleging sexual abuse. Law and Human Behavior, 38(2), 171-180. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000064

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters:

  • Henderson, H. M. & Andrews S. J. (2016, in press). Assessing the veracity of children’s forensic interviews: Implications for the courtroom. Chapter to appear in H. Otgaar & M. L. Howe (Eds). Can we Know What's the Truth in the Courtroom? Problems with Deception, Lies, and False Memories. Oxford University Press, UK.
  • La Rooy, D., Ahern, E. C., & Andrews, S. J. (2015). Developmentally appropriate interviewing of highly vulnerable children: a developmental psychology perspective. In H. Salaets & K. Balogh (Eds). Children and Justice: Overcoming Language Barriers: Cooperation in Interpreter-Mediated Questioning of Minors. Intersentia Ltd, UK.

Other writing:

  • Andrews, S. J. (2019). Thematic and narrative analysis in the context of courtroom examinations with alleged victims of child abuse. SAGE Research Methods Datasets. doi: 10.4135/9781526498878
  • Andrews, S. J. (2018). Interviewing vulnerable witnesses. Police Professional. 
  • Andrews, S. J. (2018). Assessing how child witnesses are questioned in forensic contexts using quantitative linguistic transcript analysis. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi: 10.4135/9781526444189.
  • Andrews, S. J. (2017). The quality of children's testimonies in Scottish criminal courts: research findings, implications, and future directions. Society of Solicitor Advocates Newsletter. 

Chaired Conference Symposia:

 

  • Andrews, S. J. & Henderson, H. M. (2018, March). International reforms for vulnerable witnesses: Implications for the US criminal justice system. Symposium to be presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), Memphis, TN.
  • Ahern, E. C., Brown, D., & Andrews, S. J. (2016, June). Child Interviewing: Diverse Research Perspectives. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). London, UK.

 

Invited Presentations/Outreach (* denotes a mentored student):

  • Andrews, S. J. (2019, March). Forensic interviewing and courtroom examination. Guest lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Andrews, S. J. (2019, February). Working for justice: Forensic interviewing and vulnerable witnesses. Talk presented to the School of Criminology, Keele University, UK.

 

  • Andrews, S. J. (2018, April). Juvenile interrogation and false confessions. Talk presented at The Glebe as part of the British Psychological Society “Psychologist in the Pub” Series, Stoke on Trent, UK.
  • *Prince, E. R., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Foster, J. L. (2018, March). The construction of allegedly abused children's narratives in Scottish criminal courts. Poster presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN, as recipient of the AP-LS Undergraduate Paper Award.
  • Andrews, S. J. (2018, February).The science of cross-examination. Talk presented as part of the Natural Sciences faculty seminar series at Keele University, Keele, UK.
  • Andrews, S. J. (2017, November). Safeguarding children. Talk presented at Keele Sustainability Hub at the Children and Young People’s Research Group lauch, Keele University, UK. 
  • Andrews, S. J. (2017, November). Juvenile interrogation and false confessions. Talk presented at Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Stoke on Trent, UK.
  • Andrews, S. J. (2017, January). When children testify about sexual abuse in court. Talk presented at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. 
  • *Szojka, Z., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2017, March). Challenging the credibility of alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Scottish courts. Poster presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA, as recipient of the AP-LS Undergraduate Paper Award.
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2015, March). The effects of age and delay on responses to repeated questions in forensic interviews with children alleging sexual abuse. Poster presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA, as recipient of the AP-LS Undergraduate Paper Award.

 

Conference Presentations (* denotes a mentored student):

 

  • *Peck, A., Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2018, July). How do jury-eligible individuals' perceptions of lawyers' demenour and persausiveness change as a function of lawyers' questions? Poster presented at the 11th annual conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), Porto, Portugal. 
  • *Prince, E. R. Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2018, July). The impact of juror education on deliberation in cases of child sexual abuse. Poster presented at the 11th annual conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), Porto, Portugal. Winner of the Best Student Poster Award. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2018, March). Lawyers’ question repetition and children’s responses in Scottish criminal courts. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "Pitfalls and potential opportunities in child interviewing", at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN. 
  • Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Foster, J. L. (2018, March). Beliefs about children’s cognitive and social abilities when testifying in Scotland. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2018, March). Lawyers’ question centrality and children’s responses in Scottish criminal courts. Poster presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN. 
  • *Peck., A., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Wills, E. (2018, March). How do jury-eligible population perceptions of lawyers and child witnesses change as a function of lawyers’ questions? Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN. 
  • *Prince, E. R., Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2018, March). The effect of juror education on juror decision-making in cases of child sexual abuse. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "International reforms for vulnerable witnesses: Implications for the US criminal justice system", at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN. 
  • *Skinner, G. M., Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2018, March). The disclosure of alleged child sexual abuse: An investigation of criminal court transcripts in Scotland. Poster presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, TN.
  • *Skinner, G. M., Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2017, August). The disclosure of alleged child sexual abuse: An investigation of criminal court transcripts in Scotland. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "Individual Differences in Children's Testimonial Capacity", at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Washington DC. 
  • Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Foster, J. L. (2017, March). Beliefs about child sexual abuse in Scotland. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2017, March). The structural linguistic complexity of lawyers' questions and children's responses in Scottish courts. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA. 
  • *Prince, E. R., Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Foster, J. L. (2017, March). The construction of children's alleged sexual abuse narratives in Scottish criminal courts. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA. 
  • *Keohane, D., Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2017, March)Lawyers’ temporal questions and children’s responses in Scottish sexual abuse trials. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "Cognition, Language, and Children's Disclosures: New Findings Regarding Developmentally Sensitive Strategies for Questioning Victims of Child Maltreatment", at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA. 
  • Stolzenberg, S. N., Andrews, S. J., Morse, S., & Lyon, T. D. (2016, November). Criminal trials investigating claims of child sexual abuse: Impeaching children through prior inconsistent statements. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, LA. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2016, June). How developmentally appropriate are direct- and cross-examinations of children in Scotland? Paper presented, as part of the symposium "Child interviewing: diverse research perspectives", at the 9th annual conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), London, UK.
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2016, March). Children's expressions of uncertainty during direct- and cross-examinations. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, GA. 
  • *Szojka, Z., Andrews, S. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2016, March). Impeachment of alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Scottish courts. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, GA. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2015, April). Child victims in Scottish courts. Panel session presented at the Cambridge Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC-DTC) Student Conference, Cambridge, UK. 
  • Andrews, S. J., Ahern, E., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2015, March). Wh-/how prompts in criminal court transcripts and investigative interviews. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "The effects of interview instructions, question type, and interviewer supportiveness on children's reports", at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA. 
  • Andrews, S. J., Lamb, M. E., & Lyon, T. D. (2015, March). The effects of question repetition on responses in direct- and cross-examinations of children alleging sexual abuse. Paper presented, as part of the symposium "External sources of influence on children's eyewitness memory reports", at the annual conference for the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA. 
  • Andrews, S. J. & Lamb, M. E. (2013, September). The effects of age and delay on responses to repeated questions in forensic interviews with children alleging sexual abuse. Paper presented at the annual conference for the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL), UK.