Department of Psychology
Professor Aldert Vrij
- Qualifications: BSc, PhD
- Role Title: Professor of Applied Social Psychology
- Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
- Telephone: 023 9284 6319
- Email: email@example.com
- Department: Department of Psychology
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
I was awarded my PhD in 1991 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and came to the UK in 1994, when I joined the Psychology Department as a Senior Lecturer. In 1996 I was promoted to Reader and in 2000 to my current position: Professor of Applied Social Psychology.
I teach Social Psychology in Year 2, and teach on Psychology and Law options in Year 3. I supervise dissertations at undergraduate level, and give lectures at postgraduate level.
Nowadays my primary research interests are nonverbal and verbal cues to deception, and lie detection. I have published more than 400 articles and book chapters to date, mainly on these subjects. My book Detecting lies and deceit: pitfalls and opportunities (a revised second edition of my 2000 Detecting Lies and Deceit book, and published by Wiley in January 2008) is a comprehensive text about deception and lie detection. It describes the lie detection tools used to date and discusses the problems related to these tools. It also gives guidelines on how to improve lie detection.
I am the contact person of E-PRODD, European consortium of Psychological Research on Deception Detection.
(Related Link: http://eprodd.eu/)
I am part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Legal Psychology
Most of my research is grant-funded, and sponsors include (in alphabetical order): The British Academy, The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Dutch Government, The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Erasmus Mundus, Federal Bureau of Investigations, High-value detainee Interrogation Group, The Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the UK Government, and the US Government.
Vrij, A. (2013). Lie detection in border settings. (Invited keynote). Workshop on Innovation in Border Security in the European Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. Uppsala, Sweden, August 13-14.
Vrij, A. (2012). Lie detection in terrorist settings. Keynote presentation at the 14th Conference of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology. South Bank University, London, England, December 5 – 7.
Vrij, A. (2012). How to become better at lie detection. Keynote presentation at the Australian 9th National Investigation Symposium. Novotel Many Pacific, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10.
Vrij, A. (2012). Outsmarting the liars: Towards a cognitive lie detection approach Keynote presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual conference. Hilton Hotel, Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle, England, February 1-3.
Vrij, A. (2010). Outsmarting the liars: Towards a cognitive lie detection approach. Keynote presentation at the. American Psychology and Law Society Conference, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, Canada, March 18 – 20.
I advise the police about conducting interviews with suspects, act as an Expert Witness in court, and give invited talks and workshops on lie detection to practitioners and scholars across the world.
My main international collaborators are Professor Ronald Fisher (USA), Professor Par Anders Granhag (Sweden) and Dr Galit Nahari (Israel)
Postgraduate Research Supervised
Since my arrival at Portsmouth, I have been, or still am, involved in the supervision of more than 30 PhD students.
Achievement and Recognition
I serve on the Editorial Boards of several Journals including Law and Human Behavior; Psychology, Public Policy and Law; Human Communication Research; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Psychology, Crime, and Law; and Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. I am a member of the Board of Governors of the Society for Applied Research in Memory And Cognition (SARMAC).