Dr Hannah FawcettSenior Lecturer

Dr Hannah Fawcett is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with a particular interest in forensic psychology. She was awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and MSc Forensic Psychology before embarking on a funded PhD position at Sheffield Hallam University. Hannah's PhD investigated the provision and evaluation of alibi witness testimony with a focus upon alibi witness deception.

Following roles at Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Derby, The Open University, and Teesside University, Hannah joined Manchester Metropolitan University. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes. She is currently the leader for the MSc unit 'Foundations of Forensic Practice', teaches year one and year two students, and supervises dissertation projects. In addition, Hannah is the lead year one tutor.

Research Interests

Hannah's research interests lie within forensic psychology. Specifically she is interested in:

- Alibi witness evidence
- Eyewitness evidence
- Detecting deception
- Expert witness evidence
- Juror decision making

Hannah is active in research and works with partners at external academic organisations. Hannah has completed consultancy work for the charity InsideJustice examining potential false convictions in the UK criminal Justice System. Previous consultancy work involved working with the British Transport Police in the development of stop-and-search and counter-terrorism police training courses.

Research funding

PhD demonstratorship award (Sheffield Hallam University). Awarded £12,600 per annum for 3 years for the PhD project 'An Investigation into Deceptive Alibi Witness Testimony'.

Fawcett, H. (lead researcher) & Marshall, S. "Evaluations of forensic science expert evidence", £3400 funding awarded June 2013 by the University Research Fund (Teesside University).

Professional Body Membership and Activity

Member of:
- Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
- European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

Fawcett, H. E. (In press) "False Testimony of Witnesses", in T. R. Levine & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lying and Deception, Sage

Fawcett, H. E. (in press) "Lie Bias", in T. R. Levine & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lying and Deception, Sage

Journal Articles

Fawcett, H. E. (2013) "Successful transition to university", ATP Today, June 2013, 8-9

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2009) "On False alibis", Forensic Update, 97, 31-34

Conference Presentations

Fawcett, H.E. (2013) "Cognitive psychology and forensic science: bias and influence", Invited Keynote Speaker, The Forensic Science Society Student Conference. Teesside University, 7 December

Fawcett, H. E., & Clark, K. (2013) "Juror evaluations of Linkage Analysis", European Association of Psychology and Law Annual Conference, Coventry University, 2-6 September

Fawcett, H. E. (2012) "The psychology of eyewitness evidence. Cognitive Bias - Are you Open to Suggestion?", Invited Keynote Speaker, The Forensic Science Society conference, Park Inn Hotel, York, UK, 28 April

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2012) "The suspect-alibi witness relationship", European Association of Psychology and Law Annual Conference, University of Cyprus, Cyprus, 10-13 April

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2010) "An investigation into juror evaluations of alibi evidence", PsyPAG Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 21-23 July

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2010) "Juror Evaluations of Alibi Evidence", European Association of Psychology and Law, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, 15-18 June

Fawcett, H. E., Walsh, D., & Bull, R. (2009) "Suspects' actual experience of investigative interviews: Tales from an experimental study revealing what interviewer tactics influence outcomes", European Association of Psychology and Law, The Hilton Hotel, Sorrento, Italy, 2-5 September

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2009) "Understanding the provision of false alibis", European Association of Psychology and Law, The Hilton Hotel, Sorrento, Italy, 2-5 September

Fawcett, H. E., Garner, I. & Walkington, Z. (2008) "Alibi Witnesses: Assessing Motivations for and Reactions to False Alibi Evidence", Presentation to Psychology department Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 19th November

Research Reports

Fawcett, H. E. (2012) "Psychological theory and research pertinent to R v Lockin 2010", Invited consultancy report written for the UK charity 'InsideJustice'

Fawcett, H. E. (2007) "A Psychological Explanation of Terrorism", Invited report submitted to the British Transport Police for use in the Behaviour Assessment Screening System (BASS) programme for BTP officers

(2007) "Evaluation of the Behaviour Assessment Screening System", Co-author on this invited report submitted to the British Transport Police (BTP)

Hannah Fawcett

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology

Department

Department of Psychology
Manchester Metropolitan University
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Email: h.fawcett@mmu.ac.uk