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Kirk Luther

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D (Memorial)
Email:kirk.luther@carleton.ca
Website:Investigative Interviewing Research Lab

Research Interests

My research interests include safeguarding legal rights for adults and youth, and advancing research and practice on investigative interviewing. Specifically, my research works toward (1) developing a theoretical model of the cognitive, social, and language factors that moderate and mediate individual’s comprehension of complex information (i.e., legal rights), and (2) developing a theoretical model of the cognitive and social factors that promote information provision in investigative interviews. Even though I’d like to pretend that I have some interesting hobbies, when I am not conducting research I am busy chasing around and entertaining three little rascals.

I am always looking for motivated students to join my research lab. If you are interested, please contact me!

Sample Publications

Below are some of my representative publications. For a complete list, please see my website.

Snook, B., Fahmy, W., Fallon, L., Lively, C. J., Luther, K., Messiner, C. M., Barron, T., & House, J. C. (2020). Challenges of a “toolbox” approach to investigative interviewing: A critical analysis of the RCMP’s phased interview model. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. https://doi.org/10.1037/law0000245

McCardle, M. I., Luther, K., & Snook, B. (2020). Examining the administration of youth interrogation rights: A field study of Canadian police practices. Youth Justice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420902841

Eastwood, J. Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2019). Establishing the Most Effective Way to Deliver the Sketch Procedure to Enhance Interviewee Free Recall. Psychology, Crime and Law, 25, 482-493.  https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2018.1538416

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2018). Measuring the effectiveness of the sketch procedure for recalling details of a live interactive event. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32, 747-754. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3454

Luther, K. & Snook, B. (2016). Putting the Mr. Big technique back on trial: A re-examination of probative value and abuse of process through a scientific lens. Journal of Forensic Practice, 18, 131-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-01-2015-0004