Welcome to the Laboratory for Child Forensic Psychology (LCFP) website! Dr. Joanna Pozzulo is a full professor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. Her research and teaching broadly falls under the domain of Forensic Psychology (borrowing from developmental, social, and cognitive psychology). Dr. Pozzulo is focused on understanding the development of face memory and factors that influence identification accuracy in children and adults. Dr. Pozzulo has authored a book, The Young Eyewitness: How Well Do Children and Adolescents Describe and Identify Perpetrators?, co-authored a second book, Familiarity and Conviction in the Criminal Justice System: Definitions, Theory, and Eyewitness Research, and co-authored two textbooks in the area of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Pozzulo is also a child clinical psychologist registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists.
Dr. Pozzulo has received a number of awards for her teaching and research. Most recently, Dr. Pozzulo was nominated for the Carleton University Favourite Faculty Member in 2018 and received the Carleton University Graduate Student Mentoring Award in 2014, recognizing Dr. Pozzulo’s exceptional service to Graduate students as a supervisor and mentor. In 2010, Dr. Pozzulo won the Carleton University Research Achievement Award that recognized her outstanding research achievements. In 2009, Dr. Pozzulo, along with Dr. Bennell and Dr. Forth, received the Significant Contribution Award from the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychological Association for their textbook, Forensic Psychology (Pozzulo, Bennell, & Forth, 2008, 2nd edition). In 2008, Dr. Pozzulo received the Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award and in 2003 she received the Capital Educator’s Award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. In 2001, her work on child eyewitness memory received the President’s New Researcher Award from the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Pozzulo’s research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Carleton University. Her research laboratory, the LCFP, was made possible by funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, and Carleton University.