Professor David Canter is most widely known as the pioneer of ‘Offender Profiling’ in the UK. This grew out of his work in Architectural and Environmental Psychology and his studies of behaviour in emergencies and industrial safety. Since his initial work with the police in 1985 he has assisted over 150 criminal investigations and contributed expert evidence in many cases, being called by both the defence and the prosecution, as well as contributing to government enquiries. Being convinced that any contributions made to investigations and the legal process must have an empirical, scientific basis led him to create the discipline of Investigative Psychology. He has mapped out this new field over the last quarter of a century, opening up thinking on the psychology of criminal actions and the ways in which this can inform investigations and the courts. The emergence of this new field is reviewed in his award-winning popular book Criminal Shadows, and more recently Mapping Murder. It is covered in detail in the widely acclaimed, current textbook Investigative Psychology: Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Behaviour. His most recent book is Criminal Psychology.
Becky Milne is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The main focus of her work over the past twenty years concerns the examination of police interviewing and investigation. Jointly with practitioners, she has helped to develop procedures that improve the quality of interviews of witnesses, victims, intelligence sources, and suspects of crime across many countries. As a result, she works closely with the police (and other criminal justice organisations), creating novel interview techniques, developing training, running interview courses, and providing case advice. She is also the Director of the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for investigative interviewing that brings together research, teaching, and innovation activities. Becky is a member of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC, UK), Investigative Interviewing Strategic Steering Group and was part of a writing team who developed the 2007 version of the Achieving Best Evidence document, National guidelines for interviewing vulnerable groups. She is an Affiliate of CREST. She was given the Tom Williamson award for her outstanding achievements in the field of investigative interviewing by NPCC in April 2009.
Marko Jelicic is professor of Neuropsychology and Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and earned his PhD from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Before coming to Maastricht, he worked in Glasgow, Toronto, Groningen and Amsterdam.
Jelicic has published about symptom validity assessment, stress and the brain, the effect of brain damage on eyewitness memory, suspects with brain disorders and several other topics. He regularly serves as an expert witness for Dutch criminal courts.