The Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) “Actual problems of Psychology and Law. Victims and witnesses: from research to effective practice”

June 24-27, 2014


Keynote speakers

Dr. Jessica Woodhams

Dr. Jessica Woodhams is a Forensic Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. She began her career as a crime analyst for the Metropolitan Police where she specialized in the analysis of stranger sex offences. Following this, she took up the post of Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester where she worked for approximately six years and was the Course Leader of two distance-learning Masters courses in forensic psychology. In 2008 she took up the post of Principal Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire where she set up and led two Masters courses in forensic psychology. In 2010, she joined the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer.
Crime linkage has been the focus of Dr Woodhams’ research for more than a decade.  In 2013, with the support of a grant from the Leverhulme Foundation, she founded the C-LINK (Crime Linkage International NetworK, which is a network of police practitioners and university researchers from seven different countries who have a professional interest in the behavioural linking of crimes. She co-edited the first book on crime linkage entitled “Crime Linkage: Theory, Research and Practice” which was published in 2014.  She has written more than 50 publications to date on topics including crime linkage, sexual and serial offending. She is regularly asked to give presentations to learned organisations about crime linkage and sexual offending, and she has been consulted for her expertise in behavioural consistency and crime linkage in high profile legal cases.

Prof. David J Cooke

For over twenty years David Cooke was the head of the forensic clinical psychology service in Glasgow, Scotland. He now holds university positions in Glasgow and Bergen. He has an experience in the treatment and management of offenders in the community and within prisons and other secure environments. He has served on national and international committees concerned with the management of violent people. He has published widely on personality disorder and violence. He has provided workshops on violence risk assessment and personality disorder in the UK, Europe, Australia, North America, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Cheryl A. Thomas

Cheryl Thomas is an attorney and Director of the Women's Human Rights Program, a program she founded at The Advocates for Human Rights. Since 1994, Dr. Thomas worked with partners internationally to promote women’s human rights.  She has provided consultation and/or training to government officials, legal professionals and civil society groups in Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Latvia, Morocco, Serbia, and Tajikistan on best practices in legal reform on violence against women. In 2008, she was selected to be one of 15 experts from around the world to participate in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting and publish a report on good practices in legislation on violence against women.  In 2009, she participated in a second UN Expert Group Meeting in Ethiopia focused on harmful practices against women, with a report published in 2010.  In March 2011, she was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of 150 “Women Who Shake the World”.  She has delivered keynote speeches at conferences hosted by the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In collaboration with police, prosecutors and judges who are experts in responding to cases of violence against women, she has developed curriculum and presented formal trainings for legal professionals in  nine countries.  After receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983, Ms. Thomas practiced law at the Minnesota Attorney General's office and was a partner at the law firm, Briggs and Morgan. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School where she taught Women’s International Human Rights from 1996 – 2002.   From 1999 to 2001 she served as Executive Director of WATCH, a court monitoring organization focused on cases of violence against women and children. 

Prof. Aldert Vrij

Aldert Vrij is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UK). His main research interests are (i) nonverbal and verbal correlates of deception and (ii) people’s ability to detect deceit. He received grants from the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Erasmus Mundus (Joint Doctorate programmes), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Innovation Group, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, and Dutch, British and American Governments, totalling > £3,000,000. His research has a strongly applied quality, and he works closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers), both in terms of conducting collaborative research and in disseminating the research findings via seminars and workshops. He has published more than 425 articles and 7 books on the above topics, including his 2008 book Detecting lies and deceit: Pitfalls and opportunities (published by Wiley), a comprehensive overview of research into nonverbal, verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.

Dr. Alla Shaboltas

Since 1988 till actual time Dr. Shaboltas was serving as faculty member at the Department of Psychology at St.Petersburg State University. In 1998 she has got her PhD in Psychology of Work and Human Engineering. Since 1994 till 1999 Dr.Shaboltas served as Co-director of Crysis Psychological Centre which was established to help women suffering from different forms of violence. As a practitioner and counselor Shaboltas has more than 15 years of experience of providing psychological counseling and support for victims of sexual, domestic and physical abuse. In 1999-2000 Dr.Shaboltas successfully finished PostDoctoral fellowship at Yale University and Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) in area of Epidemiology and Public Health particularly focused on HIV/AIDS research and prevention. Since 1999 she was involved as principal investigator and researcher in the variety of national and international research projects focused on prevention of risk and deviant behaviors, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use and drug abuse in different populations and settings. The findings of these studies published in different international peer-reviewed journals. In 2006 Alla Shaboltas was elected for the position of Chief of Division on Psychology of Behavior and Behavioral Deviations at St.Petersburg State University which provides Master level educational programs in Legal Psychology, Forensic and Criminal Psychology and Behavioral Health Psychology. On March 1 2011 Dr.Shaboltas was elected as the Dean of Department of Psychology. Since 2012 she is the Member of Presidium and the Chief of Ethical Committee of Russian Psychological Association and a Member of Community Board of the City Police Department in St.Petersburg. Also Dr.Shaboltas is involved in Editorial board work of several national psychological journals.