Centre of Forensic Interviewing

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Dr Nina Westera

  • Role Title: Visiting Fellow
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3927
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Biography

Dr Nina Westera is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University in Queensland. Nina specialises in the application of psychology to law. She is currently working on a research project that examines how advances in video technology, coupled with psychological understandings about witness and suspect interviewing, can be used to capture the best evidence in cases of sexual and violent offending. Nina’s research interests include investigative interviewing (witnesses, suspects, vulnerable interviewees); eyewitness testimony; investigating and prosecuting alleged sexual and violent offences; evidence; juror decision-making; the criminal justice process; and investigative training and development.

 

 

Teaching Responsibilities

Nina began her career as an officer in the New Zealand Police, where she worked in a variety of roles that included the investigation of serious crime and the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice for interviewing witnesses and suspects. Nina has educated and advised police officers, lawyers, judges and other criminal justice sector professionals in Australia, New Zealand and around the world about best practice in investigative interviewing.