Board


Bianca Baker, PhD Candidate

 

Position: EAPL-S President
PhD Candidate
University of Derby, UK

Bianca Baker received her Bachelors with a focus in Psychology and a minor in German from the University of Southern Maine in the United States. Upon completion she enrolled in a Masters course for Forensic and Legal Psychology at Leicester University, distance learning, while conducting her practicum at a forensic psychiatric prison working with the treatment of offenders in Germany.

After completing the Masters of Science course, she enrolled for a Psychotherapy education to officially begin treating offenders. During this time she realized the importance of empathy when working with suspects and offenders and has since been a PhD Candidate at Derby University where she is supervised by Dr. Dave Walsh and Dr. Ray Bull. Her current research focuses on the effects of empathy and cultural differences on the investigative interviewing process with suspected sex offenders. She is adapting therapeutic rapport building strategies to the investigative interviewing setting. Bianca is active in the investigative interviewing platform and welcomes any chance to collaborate and/or exchange information.

 

Rashid Minhas, PhD Candidate

 

Position: EAPL-S Vice President
PhD Candidate
University of Derby, UK

Rashid is currently working towards gaining a PhD in Investigative Interviewing. He is looking at ‘Suspect Community’ Stereotyping and Investigative Interviewing which focuses on, how a community is constructed as ‘suspect’ in public discourse (e.g., government, and media) and once constructed, how it may affect the investigative interviews conducted in the police stations with the suspects from the ‘Suspect Community’. He is also assessing the various professionals’ beliefs and attitudes when involved in interviewing suspects of ‘Suspect Community’ in order to gain an holistic view of how such interviews are conducted and to determine if prejudice exists (or is perceived to exist) and, if so, how it affects professional practice.

 

Lauren Wilson, PhD Candidate

Position: EAPL-S Communications
PhD Candidate
University of Derby, UK

Lauren is currently working towards gaining a PhD in Investigative Interviewing. Lauren received her MSc at the University of Gloucestershire, focusing on neurological and psychological correlates of psychopathy and risk-decision making behaviours. Her PhD work focuses on the impact of emotional bias exhibited by interpreters on the quality of investigative interviews, with particular focus on interviews with victims of serious crimes, such as sexual offences, domestic violence, human trafficking, and modern slavery.