Dr Stavroulla Soukara

Dr Stavroulla Soukara

Associate Head of Department
Associate Professor
Member of the Senate

Dr Stavroula Soukara is Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology and the Programme Coordinator of MSc in Criminology at the University of Nicosia. She has been a visiting academic to Cyprus Police Academy for a number of years and has served as an external advisor to the Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons. Dr Soukara is also a member to the Council of Crime Prevention and Civil Protection Centre at the Ministry of Justice and Public Order in Cyprus. 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). She has worked for several years 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 representative bibliography at the FBI Academy. She is a Member of the Advisory Council for the UN Protocol on “Principles on Effective Interviewing and Information Gathering” (2021) chaired by Juan Mendez, United Nation’s former Special Rapporteur on Torture. 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.