Dr Alessandra Caso

Dr Alessandra Caso

I am a Lecturer in Psychology and I am interested in eyewitness memory and investigative interviewing.

I have completed a Bachelor and Master degree in Psychology in La Sapienza, University of Rome, and a PhD in Goldsmiths University of London with a thesis entitled Confidence malleability in the interviewing setting, and its effect on subsequent memory monitoring and regulation. 

While my research focuses on eyewitness metamemory, I have investigated several aspects of eyewitness interviewing and collaborated on different research projects within different HE Institutions in the UK. In 2019 I worked as a Research Associate on a project investigating rapport building techniques within traditional and virtual environments. In 2018, in collaboration with the Goldsmiths University and the  National Crime Agency I have facilitated the developing and testing of the a Self - Administered Interview for missing persons investigations. In 2016 I have been employed on a project funded by the College of Policing, and developed a Systematic Map summarising the best available research evidence on investigative interviewing.

I am interested in eyewitness memory, metamemory and investigative interviewing. In my research I have investigated how different interviewing techniques differently influence eyewitness memory reporting and regulation. 

- In 2019  in collaboration with Dr Donna Taylor and Professor Coral Dando I have investigated the impact of rapport building techniques on the quality of information reported by eyewitnesses within a face-to-face and a virtual reality environment.

- In 2016, I have worked on a project funded by the College of Policing. Here I have developed a Systematic Map summarising the best available research evidence on “What works in Investigative Interviewing” subsequently used by the College of Policing to develop evidence-based National Guidelines for the Initial Account Interviews.

- In 2014 I have worked on a project funded by the British Academy, focusing on the impact of different questioning styles on subsequent learning of information.

- In 2014 I have worked on a project aimed to develop an alternative and improved format for the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) form, currently used by the Interpol to identify victims of mass casualty incidents.

I have also worked on applied projects and in collaboration with practitioners:

- In 2018, in collaboration with Professor Fiona Gabbert, the Goldsmiths University and the National Crime Agency – Missing Person Unit, I have contributed to the developing and field testing a Self - Administered Interview for Missing Persons Investigations. 

- In 2015 I have facilitated a series of workshops focused on Investigative Interviewing addressed to Front Line Police Officers at the Greater Manchester Police and Thames Valley Police, and to Amnesty International investigators. 

  • Criminal Investigative and Forensic Research - CIFR

In brief

Research areas

Memory, metamemory, eyewitness interviewing