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Dr Melissa Colloff

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. My broad area of expertise is memory and applied cognitive psychology, with a focus on forensic applications. I aim to conduct vigorous basic science work to understand the underlying memory mechanisms, and also translate this in applied work to provide a knowledge-base to develop evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice. For example, I am interested in how the police should construct identification parades to improve eyewitness accuracy, or how to collect reliable memory accounts from children. Lots of my work is guided by signal-detection theory.


I completed a BSc Psychology at University of Bath, an MSc in forensic psychology at the University of Leicester, and PhD at Warwick University. I was appointed as Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2018, and Associate Professor in 2022.

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