Dr David Walsh

David Walsh

Position: University Reader in Criminal Investigation, Departmental Research Lead & Deputy Director of the International Policing and Justice Institute

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: International Policing and Justice Institute

Subject area: Criminology

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About

I am a University Reader in Criminal Investigation, Deputy Director of th International Policing and Justice Insititute, Departmental Research Lead and also the Chair of the School's Research Ethics Group.

Teaching responsibilities

  • The Psychology of investigation
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Psychological understanding of criminal behaviour
  • Examination of the psychology of criminal justice processes

Professional interests

  • Psychological aspects of criminal investigation, such as the investigative interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects.
  • Decision making in Criminal Investigation
  • Psychological aspects of criminal justice processes and criminal justice systems.
  • Psychological explanation of criminal behaviour and control

Research interests

Investigative interviewing of suspects and witnesses
I completed my PhD in 2011, which examined the interviewing of suspects of fraud. I am both enthusiastic and expert in the area of interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects. I encourage and welcome students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level who wish to study and research this particular area.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Founder member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (see www.iiirg.org)
  • Editorial board member for the Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services and the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology

Qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MBA, Sheffield Hallam University
  • MSc in Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth
  • Certificate in Training and Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • FHEA

Research qualifications

  • PhD - Towards a framework for interviewing fraud suspects, University of Leicester

Recent publications

  • Shawyer, A. and Walsh, D. (2007). Fraud and PEACE: Investigative Interviewing and Fraud Investigation. Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 9, 102-117.
  • Walsh, D. and Milne, R. (2007) Giving PEACE a Chance. Public Administration.Vol 85 No2 525-540.
  • Walsh, D. and Milne, R. (2008) Keeping the PEACE?  A study of investigative interviewing practices in the public sector.Legal and Criminological Psychology.  13 39-57.
  • Walsh, D. and Oxburgh, G. (2008) Investigative interviewing of suspects: Historical and contemporary developments in research. British Psychological Society: Forensic Update. 92 Winter 2007/2008 41-45.
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010). Interviewing suspects of fraud: An analysis of interviewing skills. Journal of Psychiatry and Law
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010). The interviewing of suspects by non-police agencies: What's effective? What is effective!Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 305-321 
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010). Know your rights? A study comparing fraud investigators approaches to informing suspects of their rights and ensuring they are understood and observed. Cambrian Law Review, 41, 24-39.
  • Oxburgh, G.E., Walsh, D., and Milne, R. (2011). The importance of applied research in investigative interviewing: A real-life perspective. Editorial to the special edition of the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8, 105-109.
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2011) Benefit fraud investigative interviewing: A self-report study of investigation professionals' beliefs concerning practice.Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8, 131-148
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2011) Still giving PEACE a Chance? An examination of the beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of benefit fraud investigation professionals Social Psychology Review 13, 1-15
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2012) How do interviewers attempt to overcome suspects' denials?Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 19, 151-168.
  • Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2012) Examining rapport in investigative interviews with suspects: Does its building and maintenance work?Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology 27, 73-84.
  • Walsh, D, King, M. and Neville, A. (2012). A formulation for an agenda for future collaboration between practitioners and academics. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 4, 58-69.
  • Walsh, D., and Bull, R.  (2013).  The investigation and investigative interviewing of benefit fraud suspects in the UK: Historical and contemporary perspectives.  In B. Cooper, D. Griesel, and M. Ternes (Eds.) Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment. (Pp33-58). New York: Springer
  • Brooks, G., Lewis, C., Walsh, D., and Kim, H. (2013) Preventing corruption: Investigation, enforcement and governance. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Walsh, D. (2013) Self and supervisory evaluation of investigative interviews. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 5, 31-45.
  • Walsh, D and van Steen, K. (2014) Evidence disclosure in interviews with suspects. In R. Schellingen and N. Scholten (2014 . The suspect's interrogation: More than just asking questions. . Kluwer:Belgium
  • Walsh, D and Bull, R (2015) The association between evidence disclosure strategies, questioning strategies , and interview outcomes. Psychology, Crime and Law, 21, 661-680
  • Walsh, D., Milne, R., and Bull, R. (in press) One way or another: Investigators' beliefs concerning evidence disclosure in interviews with suspects. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Areh, I. Walsh, D., and Bull, R. (in press) Police interrogation in Slovenia. Psychology, Crime and Law
  • Dando, C., Brierley, R., and Walsh, D. (in press) The psychology of coercion in human trafficking. PLOS 1
  • Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Redlich, A., and Myklebust, T. (2015). International developments in investigative interviewing and interrogation: Victims and witneses (Volume 1)
  • Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Redlich, A., and Myklebust, T. (2015). International developments in investigative interviewing and interrogation: Suspects (Volume 2)
  • Minhas, R., Walsh, D., and Bull, R. (under review) . The development of the IIPSS scale , measuring prejudice in interviews. Police Practice and Research
  • Walsh, D., Ormerod, T., and Dando, C. (under review) Decision making by investigators: Does experience count? Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Childs, C. and Walsh D. (submitted) Using self deprecating self reference as a means of personalisation in police interviews with children reporting alleged sexual offences. Research on language and social interaction
  • Walsh, D., O'Callaghan, S., and Milne, R. (forthcoming book chapter, May 2016) Interrogations in the USA: Psychological and legal perspectives. In A. Kapardis and D. Farrington (eds) Issues in Legal and Criminal Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Recent conferences

  • Investigative interviewing in non-police agencies: 2nd International Investigative Interviewing Conference: University of Portsmouth 3-7th July 2006.
  • Interviewing benefit fraud suspects: European Investigative Interviewing Conference: University of Teesside 2-3 April 2007
  • What's effective in fraud interviews with suspects?: British Psychological Society's Division of Forensic Psychology, University of York, 23-25 July 2007
  • Interviewing suspects. whats effective? What is effective! Poster presented at the 3rd International Investigative Interviewing Conference, Quebec, 16-18 June 2008.
  • Experiencing Investigative Interviews: Attitudes, Perceptions, Reality. 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law,Maastricht University, 2-5 July 2008. 
  • Power talks in interviews with suspects. 2nd Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, University of Teesside, 14-16th April 2009
  • Eliciting true confessions, 19th conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law,Sorrento, 2-5 September 2009
  • Does collaboration affect the construction of elderly eyewitness remembering? 19th conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law,Sorrento, 2-5 September 2009
  • Examining the effects of tactics, attitudes, weight of evidence, and skills in investigative interviews with suspects, 20th conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Gothenburg University, 14-17th June 2010
  • Tactics and Confessions, 3rd Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Stavern, Norway, 21st-24th June 2010
  • Exploring rapport in in interviews with benefit fraud suspects,Brussels, 28th June -1st July 2010
  • Interviewing suspects of volume fraud. The Investigator Conference. Rothley, Leicestershire. 8th December 2010.
  • Is there an association between rapport building, rapport maintenance, and the interview outcome? 4th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Dundee, 1st -3rd June 2011.
  • Interrogating suspects in the United States: Introducing a field study. 21st Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nicosia, 13-16th April 2012.
  • Questioning and evidence disclosure; The QED of investigative interviewing? 5th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Toronto 28-31st May 2012
  • On lying, questioning and thinking about thinking Northern and Eastern Local Authority Investigating Officers Group conferences. September 2012
  • Salduz: Lessons from the British experience of ethical interviewing. Talk to given to senior Belgian police detectives. Genk, 8th October 2012
  • Detecting Lies: Searching for Justice, Public talk at the University at Albany, New York State, USA 1st March 2013
  • Expertise in Investigation. Annual Conference of the National Local Authorities Investigating Officers' Group, Birmingham UK, 8th April 2013
  • Contemporary perspectives on the interviewing of fraud suspects. 3rd Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, University of Portsmouth, 4th June, 2013
  • Decision making in investigations. 3rd Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, University of Portsmouth, 4th June, 2013
  • One way or another? A self-report study of investigator beliefs concerning evidence disclosure modes in interviews with suspects, 6th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Maastricht, Netherlands 4-6th July, 2013
  • Evidence disclosure and interview outcomes. American Psychology and Law Society Conference. New Orleans 5-8th, March, 2014
  • Case complexity determines the hypothesis testing strategies of Investigators American Psychology and Law Society Conference. New Orleans 5-8th, March, 2014
  • Getting better all the time? Self evaluations of interview performance.  7th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Lausanne, Switzerland 2-4th June 2014
  • Rapport in interviews between police officers and children, American Psychology and Law Conference. San Diego, March 2015
  • Modern Slavery and public understanding, 24th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremburg,  August 2015.

Additional interests and activities

Working with several police and investigative agencies both nationally and internationally either by way of training, consultancy, masterclasses or through research collaboration

Experience in industry

Working investgation professionals and law enforcement both locallly, regionally, nationally, interrnationally and globally to identify and promote better investigative professional practice.

Undertaking funded research from the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner on Victim Care (2016)

International experience

I have presented at numerous international conferences and I continue to collaborate on several international projects across the globe both with academics and practitioners.

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