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Joanna Pozzulo, Departmental Chair


Degrees:Ph.D. (Queen's)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1412
Office:A529 Loeb Building
Website:The Laboratory for Child Forensic Psychology

Research Interests

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



Pozzulo, J.D (2016).The Young Eyewitness – How Well Do Children and Adolescents Describe and Identify Perpetrators.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The Young Eyewitness


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

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.

Pozzulo, J.D., Bennell, C, & Forth, A. (2014). Forensic Psychology (4th Edition). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada.

book 1

Pozzulo, J.D., Bennell, C., & Forth, A. (2012). Forensic psychology (U.S. Adaptation). Boston, MA: Pearson Higher Education

Articles in refereed journals

Pica, E., Pozzulo, J., & Sheahan, C. (in press). 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.

Vallano, J. P., Pettalia, J., Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (in press).  An Examination of Mock Jurors’ Judgments in Familiar Identification Cases. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Sheahan, C.L., Pica, E., Pozzulo, J.D., & Nastasa, C. (in press). Eyewitness recall and identification abilities of adolescent and young-adults Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

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., Sheahan, C., Mesesan, A., & Pozzulo, J. (2017). The influence of prior familiarity, identification delay, appearance change, and descriptor type and errors on mock jurors’ judgments. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11896-017-9251-z

Pica, E., & Pozzulo, J. (2017). Crime scene familiarity: Does it influence mock jurors’ decisions? Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 24, 745-759. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1315672

Sheahan, C., Pozzulo, J., Reed, J., & Pica, E. (2017). The role of familiarity with the defendant, type of descriptor discrepancy, and eyewitness age on mock jurors’ perceptions of eyewitness testimony. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Advanced Online Publication. doi: 10.1007/s11896-017-9232-2

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

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.