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Academic Biography

Dr Shiri Portnoy joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University in 2021 as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. She is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.

In 2019, Dr Portnoy was awarded a dual PhD in Legal Psychology from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which was conducted as part of the Erasmus Mundus - The House of Legal Psychology programme. During her Phd, Dr Portnoy examined the understudied domain of innocent suspects’ alibi generation and provision, as well as lay people’s knowledge regarding legal matters.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Portnoy is interested in developing and testing interviewing techniques that may assist innocent suspects to provide complete and accurate information during police interviews. She is also interested in other factors emerging during police interviews that may affect innocent suspects’ ability to provide complete information (e.g., an interviewer’s presumption of guilt), as well as lay people’s beliefs and knowledge (as prospective jurors) about suspect interviewing.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Shiri contributes to teaching on the following modules:

Applied Research in Psychology (2066)

Law, Justice and Psychology (4141)

Psychopathologies and Individual Differences (4152)

In addition, she supervises several level 6 dissertation projects and MSc students.


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