Dr Clea Wright

Senior Lecturer

Clea’s main teaching and supervision areas are in Investigative and Forensic Psychology. Her research interests lie primarily in real world deceptive behaviour, and in various aspects of investigative interviewing, and her work is particularly focused on collaboration with both academic and practitioner colleagues, to produce theoretically-informed, evidence-based research that has a strongly applied focus.

Qualifications

Clea is a chartered psychologist and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her PhD, for which she won an ESRC Studentship, was awarded by the University of Liverpool. Her doctoral research was an investigation of real world deceptive behaviour in a high stakes context.

Clea holds an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, for which she was awarded a distinction, and the School of Psychology Prize for high academic achievement.

Overview

Clea’s research, whilst stemming from investigative and forensic psychology, incorporates elements of social psychology, cognitive psychology, and social cognition. Examples of research areas include investigating deceptive behaviour in real life high stakes situations, police accuracy in detecting real world deception, observer decision-making processes during credibility judgements, individual differences that affect the ability to detect deception, interviewer tactics in police interviews with homicide suspects.

Clea is joint deputy programme leader for the BSc Forensic Psychology, the module leader for Forensic and Criminal Psychology, and is the staff liaison for the departmental student society, the Chester University Psychological Society (CUPS).

Email: clea.wright@chester.ac.uk

Teaching

Clea contributes to teaching on undergraduate modules Forensic and Criminal Psychology (PS4019), Forensic Psychology: Detection, Detention, Treatment and Trial (PS5002), and Recent Trends and Developments in Psychology (PS6005). She also supervises undergraduate and Masters level dissertations.

Research

Clea’s research interests lie primarily in real world deceptive behaviour, and investigative interviewing. Previous research has included the development of methodological approaches to generate previously unidentified cues to deception, developing multiple-cue approaches to detecting deception in specific contexts, investigating the predictive value of consensus judgements of deception, identifying cues used by accurate deception detectors and strategies that they use to make credibility judgements, identifying individual characteristics that affect deception detection ability, and developing methodological approaches that address issues of ecological validity and contextual focus. Current projects include collaborations with a UK police service, investigating high stakes deception in a specific investigative context, and aspects of effective investigative interviewing.

Published work

- Stewart, S., Wright, C. & Atherton, C. (2017). Lie detection and truth detection are dependent on different cognitive and emotional traits. Manuscript submitted for publication.

- Wright, C. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2017). Police officer’s beliefs about, and use of, cues to deception. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. Published online 26 March 2017. DOI: 10.1002/jip.1478

- Wright Whelan, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2014). High Stakes Lies: Police and non-police Accuracy in Detecting Deception. Psychology, Crime and Law. Manuscript published online 21stJuly 2014. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.935777

- Wright Whelan, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2013). High Stakes Lies: Verbal and Nonverbal Cues to Deception in Public Appeals for Help with Missing or Murdered Relatives. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Manuscript published online 23rd September 2013. DOI:10.1080/13218719.2013.839931

- Wright Whelan, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2014). Subjective cues to deception/honesty in a high stakes situation: An exploratory approach. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. Manuscript published online 7th May 2014. DOI: 10.1080/00223980.2014.911140

 

Conference Presentations:

- Wright, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2016). Police Officers’ beliefs about behaviours related to deception in a high stakes context. Presentation at the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group annual conference, London, United Kingdom

- Wright Whelan, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2014). Police officers’ and laypersons’ accuracy in detecting high stakes deception. Presentation at the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group annual conference, Lausanne, Switzerland

- Wright Whelan, C., Wagstaff, G. F. & Wheatcroft, J. M. (2012). High stakes lies: Identifying and using cues to deception and honesty in appeals for missing and murdered relatives. Paper presented at the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group annual conference 2012 in Toronto. Prize awarded for Best Student Presentation.