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Sarah MacDonald

Department of Psychology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Tel: 709.864.4475
Fax: 709.864.2430
Email: sm7133@mun.ca

Research Interests

  • Cognitive processes underlying investigative interviewing techniques
  • Deception Detection

Research Contributions

Refereed Articles

Luther, K., Snook, B., MacDonald, S., Barron, T. (2015). Securing the admissibility of witness statements: An estimation of the complexity and comprehension of Canadian "KGB Warnings". Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 30, 166-175. doi:10.1007/s11896-014-9147-0 [PDF]

Bennell, C., Snook, MacDonald, S., House, J., & Taylor, P. J., (2012). Computerized crime linkage systems : A critical review and research agenda. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 620-637. doi:10.1177/0093854811435210 [PDF]

Snook, B., House, J.C., MacDonald, S., & Eastwood, J. (2012). Police witness interview training, supervision, and feedback: A survey of Canadian police officers. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 54, 363-372. doi:10.3138/cjccj.2011.E.13 [PDF]

ten Brinke, L., MacDonald, S., Porter, S., & O'Connor, B. (2011). Crocodile tears: Facial, verbal and body language behaviours associated with genuine and fabricated remorse. Law and Human Behavior. Advance online publication. [PDF]

Snook, B., Eastwood, J., & MacDonald, S. (2010). A descriptive analysis of how Canadian police officers administer the right-to-silence and right-to-legal counsel cautions. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 52(5), 545-560. [PDF]

 

Book Chapters

Snook, B., Luther, K., & MacDonald, S. (2014). Linking crimes with spatial behaviour: A need to tackle some remaining methodological concerns. In C. Bennell & J. Woodhams (Eds.), Crime linkage: Theory, research, and practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Presentations

Luther, K., Snook, B., MacDonald, S., Barron, T., & Keeping, Z. (2014, June). Securing the Admissibility of Witness Statements: An Examination of the Canadian Police KGB Warning. Talk presented at the 7th International Investigative Interviewing Group (iIIRG) Annual Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.

MacDonald, S. & Snook, B. (2014, March). The Effect of Note-taking on Memory for the Details in a Witness’ Account during Investigative Interviews. Poster to be presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

MacDonald, S. (2013, January). A Meta-Analysis on the Effect of Visual Distraction Reduction on Memory. Presentation for the Psychology Department Colloquium Series.

MacDonald, S. & Snook, B. (2012, March). A Field Study of Cognitive Interview Training. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Eastwood, J., MacDonald, S., & Snook, B. (2012, March). Police Witness Interview Training, Supervision, and Feedback: A Survey of Canadian Police Officers. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

MacDonald. S. (2011, November). A Field Study of Ccognitive Interview Training. Presentation for the Psychology Department Colloquium Series.

MacDonald, S., Eastwood, J., & Snook, B. (2011, June). The effect of speed of delivery on the comprehension of a police caution. Poster presented at the North American Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference, Toronto, Canada.

MacDonald, S., Snook, B., & Eastwood, J. (2010, March). Analysis of How Canadian Police Officers Deliver the Right-to-Silence and Legal Counsel Cautions. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

MacDonald, S., ten Brinke, L., & Porter, S. (2009, June). CrocodileTears: Verbal and Non-verbal Behaviour Associated with Genuine and Fabricated Remorse. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychology Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

MacDonald, S., ten Brinke, L., & Porter, S. (2008, June). An Examination of Facial and Behavioural Cues to Detect Deception in Emotional Appeals. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychology Association Conference, Halifax, Canada.

Other Contributions

MacDonald, S., Snook, B., and Keeping, Z. (2013) November. Taking note of note taking: A scientific-based investigative tool. Blue Line.

Snook, B., Bennell, C., Taylor, P. J., House, J. C., MacDonald, S., & Luther, K. (2012, April). Questioning the assumptions: A critique of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS). Blue Line, 24, 14-16. [PDF]

Teaching

Instructor for Psychology 2150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Training

Tier 3 Advanced Cognitive Interviewing
British Transport Police, London, UK

Co-Supervised Students

2012-2013: Justin Gould: An examination of the police K.G.B. warning: Is it a rapport killer?

2011-2012: Carissa Collins: Examining the effectiveness of a modified Liverpool interview protocol

2009-2010: Gillian Lockyear: What was that? The effect of speed of delivery on police caution comprehension

Awards

SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Scholarship. Value: $105,000

Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence Award

SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Scholarship. Value: $17,500

Dean’s Excellence Award, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Value: $3,000

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