Dr Stavroulla Soukara

Dr Stavroula Soukara is Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology and the programme coordinator of MSc in Criminology at the University of Nicosia. She has also been a visiting academic to Cyprus Police Academy for a number of years. Dr Soukara serves as an external advisor to the Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons and she has also been appointed a member to the Council of Crime Prevention and Civil Protection Centre at the Ministry of Justice and Public Order in Cyprus, as well as an expert on the list of CEPOL’s database (European Police College). She received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Sussex University (UK), her MSc in Criminal Justice Studies, her PGDip in Psychological Research Methods and her PhD in Forensic Psychology from Portsmouth University (UK). Dr Soukara cooperated for a number of years with British Police and her findings/recommendations are being used for advanced training and educational purposes by British police officers. She worked for 4 years as a full time academic at Hellenic Police Academy and Hellenic National Security School, where she offered expert advice and training as well as being a member of both their educational council and their thesis examination committee. Dr Soukara has published her work in various peer-reviewed journals and presented at a number of conferences worldwide; one of her publications was included in 2010 as the representative bibliography at the FBI Academy. She is a member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the American Psychology and Law Society. Her research interests focus mainly on false confessions and miscarriages of justice, suspect and witness investigative interviewing, as well as the detection of lies and deceit.