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Dr Sara Waring PhD, C.Psychol, FHEA, PGCert L&T

Senior Lecturer in Investigative and Forensic Psychology Psychology


Personal Statement

I am Deputy Programme Director of the MSc programme in Investigative and Forensic Psychology, Research Coordinator for the Critical and Major Incident Psychology research group, and a lecturer in the Psychology Department. I am also a member of both the Risk Institute and the Centre for Autonomous Systems Technologies, research groups that focus on solving complex problems through interdisciplinary collaborations.

I received a First class BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2006, an MSc (with distinction) in Investigative and Forensic Psychology in 2008, a PhD in 2012, and PGCert in Learning and Teaching in 2014, all from the University of Liverpool.

My research expertise includes decision making, communication and teamwork in risky and uncertain environments, training design and delivery, and evaluation. This research is predominantly conducted alongside law enforcement and emergency services nationally and internationally. I have been involved in debriefing a number of critical and major incidents, and have produced several practitioner reports for a variety of agencies, including the Home Office, the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme, and the European Commission. I am also regularly involved in delivering incident command and investigative decision making training for a variety of emergency services.

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Invitation to chair a symposium (The 6th Asian-Pacific Symposium on Structural Reliability and its Applications, 2016)