Amina Memon

Amina Memon


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Personal profile

Research interests


Research and impact

Prof Memon is director of the interdisciplinary Research Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law:  Royal Holloway Centre for the Study of Emotion & Law


She conducts robust and ecologically valid research on the use of cognitive techniques in police investigations. Her work is informed by social psychological approaches to understanding memory, decision making, detection of deception and credibility assessment. Memon has ongoing research collaborators in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, North America and Finland. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science and the Royal Society of Arts.


Prof Memon’s work has had substantial impact outside of academia, as evidenced by her ESRC prize for contributions to policy. Her work has important implications for how children, vulnerable adults and seniors are interviewed and how these interviews are undertaken and processed by police officers, judges and other professionals within the judiciary system.


Expert Work: Prof Memon has served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases where she has been consulted on her expert knowledge on child witnesses, memory, eyewitness identification and historic abuse in the UK and USA. She is on the appointing panel of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts and has contributed to the work of the Anti-Torture Initiative.


External engagement & contributions to the community: Prof Memon's contributions to the voluntary sector include her work on the communication strategy board for Women’s Health and Family Services, her work on the project advisory board for Asylum Aid and on the Research and Ethics board for Freedom from Torture.  Dr Memon is also non-executive director of a community arts project that brings creative arts to young and elderly residents living in social isolation.


  • Asian Women of Achievement in the Professions (2016)
  • Economic & Social Research Council Impact Winner for contributions to National Policy (2017)



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions


  • eyewitness memory
  • investigative interviewing
  • memory
  • social cognition
  • trauma

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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