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Zak Keeping

Researcher Zak Keeping (Pictured)


Department of Psychology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Offce SN-2057B
Tel: (709) 864-4475
Fax: (709) 864-2430

Research Interests

  • Ethical Policing
  • Alibis
  • Police interviewing techniques
  • Distinguishing science and pseudoscience in law enforcement
  • Eye witness testimony and memory

Research Contributions


Snook, B., & Keeping, Z. (2016) Nudging Not Forcing: Understanding Behavioural Economics and Nudging. Invited Talk. PolicyNL and the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development Present to Influence Collective Action, St. John’s, NL, Canada.

Keeping, Z. (2016) Increasing Information Provision in Ethical Police Interviewing. Talk. Aldrich Conference, St. John’s, NL.

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., Keeping, Z., Luther, K., & Snook, B. (revise and resubmit) “Don’t lie to me, or else: The effect of a turncoat warning and rapport building on perceptions of witness interviews”. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

McCardle, M., Keeping, Z., & House, J.C. (2015) December. A Right to Understanding. Blue Line.

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


2016 Best Talk (Graduate Student), Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Psychology Research Day

2016 Finalists-Student Case Competition, Canadian Evaluation Society

2016 SSHRC Storytellers Award - Honourable Mention, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Value: $1,000

2015 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Value: $17,500

2015 Dean's Excellence Award. Value: $5,000

2014-2015 Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research Award. Value: $750

2012-2013 The Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro Scholarship (Interdisciplinary). Value: $1,000

2011-2012 Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research Award. Value: $500 [Press Release]


Teaching Experience

2016 - Guest Lecturer, Group Processes in Psychology (PSYC 6402)- Productivity, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2014 - Guest Lecturer, Selected Topics in Social Psychology- Distinguishing Between Science and Pseudoscience (PSYC 4150), Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2014 - Guest Lecturer, An Introduction to Policing in Canada (PLST 2000), Memorial University of Newfoundland.