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Joanna Pozzulo

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1412
Office:A529 Loeb Building
Website:Dr. Pozzulo's Home Page


Dr. Joanna Pozzulo is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. Dr. Pozzulo has received a number of awards for her teaching and research. In 2009, Dr. Pozzulo along with Drs. Bennell and 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. Also for her teaching, in 2003, Dr. Pozzulo 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.

Research Interests

The goal of Joanna’s research is to understand how memory in the applied context of witnessing crime differs developmentally and the cognitive/social processes eyewitnesses engage in to recall the event and recognize the culprit. On an applied level, She is interested in developing appropriate police procedures to be used with children. As a secondary line of research, she is interested in how identification testimony in combination with other types of evidence influences jury decision making.

Selected Publications


Pozzulo, J.D. (2016). Describing and Identifying Perpetrators: The Young Eyewitness. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (207pp)


Pozzulo, J.D., Bennell, C., & Forth, A. (2017). Forensic psychology (5th Edition). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada. (485pp.)

Brown, S., Serin, R., Forth, A., Nunes, K., Bennell, C., & Pozzulo, J.D. (2016). Criminal Behaviour and Psychology: A Canadian Perspective (2nd Edition). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada. (512pp.) 

Articles in refereed journals:

Sheahan, C., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (in press). Abuse is abuse: The influence of type of abuse, victim age, and defendant age on juror decision-making. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Pica, E., Sheahan, C., & Pozzulo, J. (in press). “But he’s a star football player!”” How social status influences mock jurors’ perceptions in a sexual assault case. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 

Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (in press). Crime scene familiarity: Does it influence mock jurors’decisions? Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law. 

Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2017). The Elimination-Plus Lineup: Testing a Modified LineupProcedure with Confidence. Journal of Investigate Psychology and Criminal Profiling. Advance online publication. Doi:10.1002/jip.1477

Sheahan, C., Pozzulo, J., Reed, J., & Pica, E. (2017). The Role of Familiarity with theDefendant, Type of Descriptor Inconsistency, and Eyewitness Age on Mock Jurors’ Perceptions of Eyewitness Testimony. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, ( ), 1-10.

Pettalia, J.L., Pozzulo, J.D., & Reed, J. (2017). The influence of sex on mock jurors’ verdicts across type of child abuse cases. Child Abuse & Neglect, 69, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.03.025

Pica, E., Pettalia, J. & Pozzulo, J.D. (2017). The influence of a defendant’s chronological age, developmental age, and race on mock juror decision making. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32, 66-76.

Pozzulo, J.D., Reed, J., & Pettalia, J., L., (2016). Simultaneous, sequential, elimination, and wildcard: A comparison of lineup procedures. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31, 71-80.