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Joanna Pozzulo

Degrees:Ph.D.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1412
Email:Joanna.Pozzulo@carleton.ca
Office:A529 Loeb Building
Website:Dr. Pozzulo's Home Page

Biography

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

Books:

Pozzulo, J.D., Sheahan, C., & Pica, E. (2019). “Have I seen you Before?”: How “familiarity” influences conviction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. (144pp)

Pozzulo, J.D. (2016). Describing and Identifying Perpetrators: The Young Eyewitness. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (232pp)

Books edited:

Pozzulo, J.D., Pica, E., & Sheahan, C. (Eds.). (2020). Memory and Sexual Misconduct: Psychological Research for Criminal Justice. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group. (360pp)

Pozzulo, J.D., & Bennell, C. (Eds.). (2018). Working with Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based and Age-Appropriate Practices. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group. (340pp)

Articles in refereed journals:

Fraser, B. M., Mackovichova, S., Thompson, L. E., Pozzulo, J. D., Hanna, H. R., & Furat, H. (2021). The influence of inconsistency in eyewitness reports, eyewitness age, and crime type on mock juror decision-making. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Thompson, L. E., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2021). Jurors’ decision making in a sexual assault trial: The influence of victim age, delayed reporting, and multiple allegations. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 39(2), 19–46.

Fraser, B., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2021). The Effect of Delayed Reporting on Mock-Juror Decision-Making in the Era of #MeToo. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260521997464

Sheahan, C. L., Fraser, B. M, Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J.D. (2021). The influence of testimonial aids, age, and familiarity on mock-juror decision-making in a sexual offence case. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-021-09432-3

Sheahan, C. L., Pozzulo, J.D., & Pica, E. (2021). Does familiarity between an adolescent eyewitness and a perpetrator impact identification accuracy? Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-021-09440-3

Thompson, L. E., Pozzulo, J., Pratt, K. J., Sheahan, C. L., Fraser, B. M., & Deweyert, C. E. (2020). Testing a new lineup procedure with children: The elimination with wildcard. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Pica, E., Sheahan, C.L., Pozzulo, J., & Bennell, C. (2020). Guns, gloves, and tasers: Perceptions of police officers and their use of weapon as a function of race and gender. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-020-09365-3

Smith, A., Mackovichova, S., Jalava, S., & Pozzulo, J. (2020). Fair forensic-object lineups are superior to forensic-object showups. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 9(1), 68-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2019.11.001

Pica, E., Thompson, L.E., Pozzulo, J., & Sheahan, C.L. (2019). Perceptions of police conduct when race and gender are considered. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-019-09346-1

Pica, E., Pozzulo, J., & Sheahan, C. (2019). Examining mock jurors’ perceptions of intimate partner violence factors. Partner Abuse, 10(4), 391-408. https://doi.org/10.1891/1946-6560.10.4.391

Thompson, L.E., Sheahan, C., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2019). The influence of familiarity recency and eyewitness age on mock jurors’ judgement. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 34(4), 362-372. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-018-9311-z

Pica, E., Pozzulo, J., Sheahan, C.L., & Pratt, K. (2019). “I know him!”: Does witness-defendant familiarity impact mock jurors across different aged witnesses and types of crime? Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 15(2), 171-184.

Vallano, J.P., Slapinski, K.A., Steele, L.J., Briggs, A.P., & Pozzulo, J.D. (2019). Familiar eyewitness identifications: The current state of affairs. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 25(3), 128-146. https://doi.org/10.1037/law0000204

Pica, E., Sheahan, C.L., Pozzulo, J. (2019). Prior allegations of harassment impact mock jurors’ perceptions of sexual harassment in a criminal trial. Sex Roles, 82, 541-549. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-019-01076-2

Pica, E., Sheahan, C.L., Pozzulo, J., Vallano, J., & Pettalia, J. (2019). The influence of familiar and confident eyewitnesses on mock jurors’ judgments. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 34(4), 351-361. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-018-9306-9

Sheahan, C.L., Pratt, E., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2019). One PERP, two PERP: Examining children’s and adults’ description and identification of single versus multiple perpetrator crimes. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 36(4), 7-33.

Vallano, J., Pettalia, J., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2019). An examining of mock jurors’ judgments in familiar identification cases. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 34(2), 121-133. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-018-9266-0

Pica, E., Pozzulo, J., & Sheahan, C.L. (2019). Dance like no one’s watching: The influence of demand characteristics when examining lineups via computer or in-person. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 34(1), 23-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-018-9270-4

Textbooks:

Pozzulo, J.D., Bennell, C., & Forth, A. (2020). Forensic psychology (6th Edition). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada. (485pp.)

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