Welcome to the Investigative Interviewing Research lab. The Investigative Interviewing Research lab is located in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. The director of the lab is Dr. Kirk Luther.

The goal of our lab is to conduct research that has meaningful impact on real-world practices and advances psychological theory within the forensic field. Broadly, our research revolves around two main themes:

1. Improving Investigative Interviewing Practices. The successful resolution of criminal investigations and security threats is fundamentally linked to obtaining high-quality information via investigative interviews. Although substantial progress has been made, researchers and practitioners continue to seek new ways to enhance the quality and quantity of information elicited from interviewees. Our research within this area involves developing new tools and testing existing techniques to enhance information elicitation.

We have also begun working on new projects which focus on advancing culturally-sensitive interviewing practices and cold case investigations.

2. Advancing Legal Literacy: Protecting Adults and Youth During Police Interrogations. Comprehension of legal rights is an applied problem that spans across social, cognitive, and developmental psychology. When arrested by the police, adults and youth are afforded a set of legal rights (e.g., Right to Silence, Right to Legal Counsel). It is essential that detainees comprehend these rights so they are able to exercise them and make informed decisions during their interactions with police.

Want to learn more about what we do?

To find out more about our research, head on over to Our Research section! If you are interested in getting involved in the Investigative Interviewing Research lab as a volunteer, student, or collaborator, please send us a message.