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Prof Jacqueline Wheatcroft

Professor in Forensic Psychology

Jacqueline's research interests are in the maximisation of information, intelligence and evidence across a variety of Forensic and Security areas of work. She is particularly interested in the impact of question forms on users (including those who are vulnerable) of the legal system. Chevron icon


Jacqueline Wheatcroft is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Practitioner. She is Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee. Her research and teaching interests lie broadly in the enhancement of information, intelligence and evidence with a focus on process, procedure and questioning techniques to increase accuracy and appropriate confidence in those information forms.

She upholds interdisciplinary research and her latest works have broken new ground when cross-examination techniques are under scrutiny as never before. Her work has contributed to the Inns of Court Principles which guide the ways in which children and vulnerable witnesses are examined in the court process, together with pioneering work on witness familiarisation.

Jacqueline is also known nationally and internationally for her development of the LIP; a witness interview protocol adopted by law enforcement and investigative agencies, used in interviews and post incident management protocols, and by United Nations Experts in investigations. Jacqueline’s vision is that all witnesses and interviewees can be supported to give of their best evidence, in investigations, interviews and judicial settings worldwide.


  • PhD: Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2002
  • PGCE: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2002
  • BSc (Hons): Psychology, University of Liverpool, 1998

Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Full Member, British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology

Chair, British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Forensic), Health & Care Professions Council

Teaching & Research


MSc Forensic Psychology. Teaching and learning aligns to my areas of interest and research publications within applied social and cognitive psychology as applied to forensic contexts. Evidence based practice in professional contexts.


Research is focused across a range of forensic, security and legal settings. For example, forensic and investigator interviews, examination of witnesses in court and pre-trial procedures, children and vulnerable witnesses, maximising accurate reports, decision making in critical contexts.


More publications from Prof Jacqueline Wheatcroft can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Chair, British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee

Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Subject for media interview

Forensic and Legal Psychology, Children and Vulnerable Witnesses, Forensic and Investigator Interview Protocols, Question Types, Critical Contexts.

Professional positions

Chair, British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee