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Kirk Luther

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (Candidate)

 

Department of Psychology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Offce SN-2057B
Tel: (709) 864-4475
Fax: (709) 864-2430
Website: www.kirkluther.com
E-mail: kluther@mun.ca

To see Kirk's full CV, please click here. 

Research Interests

  • False and coerced confessions
  • Police interviewing and interrogation techniques
  • Cognitive processes underlying judgment and decision making
  • Distinguishing science and pseudoscience in law enforcement

Research Contributions

Refereed Contributions

Eastwood, J., & Luther, K. (in press). What You Should Want from Your Professional: The Impact of Educational Information on Peoples’ Attitudes Toward Simple Actuarial Tools. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

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. doi 10.1108/JFP-01-2015-0004 [PDF]

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., Luther, K., & Freedman, S. (2016). Engineering comprehensible youth interrogation rights. New Criminal Law Review, 19, 42–62. doi: 10.1525/nclr.2016.19.1.42 [PDF]

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2015). Measuring the reading complexity and oral comprehension of Canadian youth waiver forms. Crime and Delinquency, 61, 798-828. doi:10.1177/0011128712453689 [PDF]

Luther, K., Snook, B., Barron, T., & Lamb, M. E. (2015). Child interviewing practices in Canada: A box score from field observations. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 30, 204-212. doi:10.1007/s11896-014-9149-y [PDF] | [National Post News Article]

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]

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2014). On the need to ensure better comprehension of interrogation rights. Canadian Criminal Law Review, 18, 171-181. [PDF]

Luther, K., Snook, B., & Luther, E. (2014). Mesure de la complexité de lecture des formulaires de déclaration et renonciation aux droits pour adolescents québécois. Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pénale. [PDF]

Freedman, S., Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2014). Safeguarding youth interrogation rights: The effect of grade level and reading complexity of youth waiver forms on the comprehension of legal rights. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 427-431. [PDF]

Snook, B., Luther K., Eastwood, J., Collins, R., & Evans, S. (2014). Advancing legal literacy: The effect of listenability on the comprehension of interrogation rights. Legal and Criminological Psychology. [PDF]

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2012). What people want from their professionals: Attitudes toward decision making strategies. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25, 458-468. doi:10.1002/bdm.741 [PDF]

Snook, B., Luther, K., Quinlan, H., & Milne, R. (2012). Let 'em talk! A field study of police questioning practices of suspects and accused persons. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 1328-1339. doi:10.1177/0093854812449216 [PDF] | [CJB Interview]

  • Reprinted in Bartol, C. R., & Bartol, A. M. (2015). Current perspectives in forensic psychology and criminal behavior (Fourth Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Snook, B., Luther, K., House, J. C., Bennell, C., & Taylor, P. J. (2012). The violent crime linkage analysis system: A test of inter-rater reliability. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 607-619. doi:10.1177/0093854811435208 [PDF] | [CJB Interview]

 

Book Chapters

Snook, B., Luther, K., & Barron, T. (forthcoming). Interviewing suspects in Canada. In D. Walsh, G. Oxburgh, A. Redlich, & Myklebust (Eds.), Contemporary developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation: An International perspective. Oxford: Routledge Press

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 (Selected Works)

Luther, K., Eastwood, J., Freedman, S., & Snook, B. (2015, June). Safeguarding youth interrogation rights: Improving the comprehensibility of police youth waiver forms. Paper presented at the North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., Luther, K., Collins, R., & Evans, S. (2015, June). Improving police caution comprehension in an adult sample through listenability. Paper presented at the North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Luther, K. (2014) Surviving Graduate School. Invited talk presented at the 2014 Graduate Orientation Session, Memorial University of Newfoundland. [Link to Video]

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. 

Freedman, S., Eastwood, J., Snook, B. & Luther, K. (2014, March). "What Are My Rights Again?": Comprehension of Canadian Youth Waiver Forms. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society,New Orleans, LA.

Luther, K. (2013, October). Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights. Talk presented at the World Social Science Forum, Montreal, Canada. 

Luther, K. (2013, June). Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights. Talk presented at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Victoria, Canada.

Luther, K. (2013, April). Examining the Health of Child Interviewing Practices: A Field Study. Presentation for the Psychology Department Research Day.

Eastwood, J., Collins, R., Luther, K., & Snook, B. (2013, March). The Effect of Listenability Factors on the Comprehension of Police Cautions in a Mock Police Interview. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, Oregan.

Luther, K. (2012, November) Are Youth’s Rights Being Protected? An Assessment of the Canadian Youth Waiver Forms. Presentation for the Psychology Department Colloquium Series.

Luther, K., Eastwood, J., & Snook, B. (2012, March). Measuring the Reading Complexity and Oral Comprehension of Canadian Youth Waiver Forms. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Luther, K., Snook, B., House, J., Bennell, C., & Taylor, P. (2011, June). Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System: A Test of Inter-Rater Reliability. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychology Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Luther, K., Snook, B., House, J., Bennell, C., & Taylor, P. (2011, May). Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System: A Test of Inter-Rater Reliability. Poster presented at the 35th Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences Conference, Halifax, Canada.

 

Other Contributions

Snook, B., Luther, K., & Lilenfeld, S. O. (2012, August/September). Distinguishing between scientific and pseudoscientific practices investigative practices. Blue Line.

Luther, K., & Snook, B. (2012). Book Review [Review of the book Police Interrogations and False Confessions: Current Research, Practice, and Policy Recommendations. G. D. Lassiter and C. A. Meissner (Eds.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010. 249 pp. ISBN 1433807432]. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 679-680. [PDF]

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]

 

Professional Activities

Ad Hoc Reviewer for: 

  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Law and Human Behavior (Student reviewer, as per editorial policy)
  • Psychology, Public Policy, and Law

 

Teaching Experience

2013 - Guest Lecturer, Intro to Forensic Psychology (PSYC 2150), Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2012 - Guest Lecturer, Intro to Forensic Psychology (PSYC 2150), Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 

Co-Supervised Students

2012-2013: Sarah Evans: Police caution comprehension: Identifying the listenability factors that contribute to increased comprehension of legal rights using a mock crime paradigm

2011-2012: Ryan Collins: Investigating the comprehension of the right-to-legal-counsel caution during a mock police interview

 

Awards and Recognition

2015    Recognition of Excellence, Memorial University.

2015    Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology Certificate of Teaching Excellence (Teaching Assistantship Award).

2015    GSU Award for Excellence in Research. Value: $250

2014    Memorial University Research Report [Kirk's Feature] | [Full Report - Online] | [Full Report - PDF Download]

2014    SSHRC Impact Awards - Talent Award. Value: $50, 000. [SSHRC Press Release] | [MUN Press Release] | [Telegram Press Release] | [Award Acceptance Speech]

2014    3MT (Three Minute Thesis) National Competition, People's Choice Award. Value: $500. [Video] | [MUN Press Release] | [CAGS Press Release]

2014    University Medal for Excellence in a Thesis Based Master's Program

2014    3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Eastern Regional Competition, (First Place). Value: $1,200. [Video] | [Picture of the Winners] | [Press Release #1] | [Press Release #2] | [Press Release #3]

2014    Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence Award

2013    SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award. Value: $105,000

2013    3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition (First Place), Memorial University. Value: $1,000 [Video of the 3MT Presentation] | [Picture of the Winners]

2013    SSHRC Storyteller Finalist. [Press Release] | [Video from Impact Awards Ceremony] | [Video presentation from WSSF in Montreal]

2013    SSHRC Storytellers Award. Value: $3,000 [Video Submission]

2013    Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies

2012    SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Scholarship. Value: $17,500

2012    Dean’s Excellence Award, Memorial University of Newfoundland Value: $3,000

2012    Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research Award. Value: $500 [Press Release]

2011    Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research Award. Value: $500 [Press Release]

2010-2011 Dean's List for the Faculty of Science

2011    Student Innovation Fund Award. Value: $500

2009    Millenium In-Course Excellence Award. Value: $11,500

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