Dr. Joseph Eastwood - Lab Director
Joseph completed his PhD in Experimental Social Psychology at Memorial University in 2011. Along with conducting research in the area of investigative interviewing, he works closely with police, private sector, and governmental organizations to deliver science-based interviewing training courses.
Dr. Davut Akca
Davut completed his B.A. degree in the Turkish Police Academy. After working for five years in the Turkish National Police he received his M.A. in Criminology and PhD in Forensic Psychology at Ontario Tech University. He is currently employed as the Research Officer for the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Christina Connors - PhD Candidate
Christina is a third-year Forensic Psychology PhD student. From Halifax, Nova Scotia, she completed both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts at Saint Mary's University. Under the supervision of Dr. Marc Patry, her undergraduate honors thesis focused on Canadians’ legal rights upon arrest. In her masters thesis, she empirically examined jury-decision making in a Mr. Big case. In general, Christina is interested in legal rights upon arrest, investigative interviewing, and the Mr. Big technique. Now working under the supervision of Dr. Eastwood in the ALERT lab, Christina's present research agenda is to examine the protective value of Canadians' legal rights upon arrest.
Mark Snow - PhD Candidate
Mark is a second year Forensic Psychology PhD student at UOIT. He received his BSc (Hons.) in Psychology from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2016. As an undergraduate, he completed his thesis on the topic of deception detection, and assisted with projects involving eyewitness memory and perceptions of crime. Currently working in the ALERT Lab under the supervision of Dr. Eastwood, Mark's research interests include alibi assessment and generation, investigative interviewing, and decision-making in legal contexts.
Quintan Crough - MSc Candidate
Quintan is a second year Forensic Psychology MSc student at UOIT. He received his BSc (Hons.) in Psychology from Carleton University in 2018. Currently working in the ALERT Lab under the supervision of Dr. Eastwood, Quintan's research interests include investigative interviewing and memory.