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Kate Miller
Board Member
PhD Candidate, the University of Chester, England.

My name is Kate and I am 47 years old. I received my Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Chester in 2017. I enjoyed my dissertation on deception detection so much I stayed at Chester, where I am currently working on my PhD under the supervision of Dr Michelle Mattison and Dr Clea Wright. My research is an investigation of real-life homicide suspect interviews, with suspects differing in their truthfulness and guilt for the crimes they are being questioned for. In examining the use and effect of question types and evidence disclosure, the research details differences in the interviews affected by suspect veracity and culpability, and also how the serious nature of a homicide suspect interview affects interviewee and interviewer behaviour. My research interests lie in Investigative and Forensic Psychology. I am particularly interested in research that has a strong applied focus; using real-life data for real-world application. When not immersed in the world of psychology (and murderers!) you will find me spending time with my children, reading crime fiction, dancing with my friends and walking in the outdoors.

I would like EAPL-S to be a channel in which to support each other, learn together and to explore future collaborations. Furthermore, I look forward to extending the student psychology and law network, both socially and academically, at conferences and in the wider opportunities.

Jana Otzipka
Board Member
PhD Candidate, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

My name is Jana and I am 25 years old. During my undergraduate studies at Maastricht University as well as my semester abroad at Stellenbosch University I was introduced to the field of forensic psychology, which immediately caught my attention. I graduated from Maastricht’s Forensic Psychology master in 2019. Since then, I’ve been working at the Psychologische Hochschule Berlin within a joint research project focusing on wrongful convictions and exonerations in Germany. I am concurrently working on my PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Renate Volbert at the Freie Universität Berlin. My research focus is on cognitive biases as well as debiasing strategies in criminal investigations and expert witness evaluations. Additionally, I am also interested in research within the fields of cross-cultural psychology, eyewitness interviewing as well as credibility assessments. In my free time I really enjoy cooking, drawing and taking care of my (admittedly far too many) plants.

As an EAPL-S board member I would like to contribute to the bridge between experienced professionals as well as aspiring students whilst helping to continue building the EAPL-S as a platform to network and connect.

Narcisa Prodan
Board Member
PhD Candidate, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

My name is Narcisa and I am 27 years old. I received my Master’s degree in Legal Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University in 2018 and I am now working on my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Laura Visu-Petra. My research focuses on school-aged children’s deceptive abilities in relation to their socio-cognitive development (e.g., advanced Theory of Mind). I am also interested in investigative interviewing with child victims or witnesses. When I am not engaged in research or teaching activities, I enjoy doing yoga, watching true-crime documentaries, and reading.

As an EAPL-S board member, I would like to contribute to the extension of the EAPL-S network, attracting more students and supporting their professional aspirations in the field of psychology and law. Also, I hope we can offer more courses and training opportunities for EAPL-S members.


Former board members (2018-2021):

Jonas Schemmel, Linda Geven and Teresa Schneider

Former board members (2015-2018):

Bianca Baker, Rashid Minhas and Lauren Wilson

EAPL-S Founders (2009-2015):

Jenny Schell-Leugers, Julia Shaw and Annelies Vredeveldt