• Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
• Ph.D./M.S., Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL
• B.S., Cognitive Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Evans conducts research on investigative interviewing in its many forms, to include interviewing cooperative witnesses, interrogating uncooperative suspects, and gathering intelligence from sources. In addition, her research addresses the ability (or lack thereof) to detect deception in a variety of contexts. Some of the variables/constructs Dr. Evans is currently interested in include: language proficiency, presence of a translator, depletion of self-regulatory resources, and interviewee intoxication. Dr. Evans works on these projects with both graduate and undergraduate students. She hopes that findings coming from the lab will help to inform professionals in various legal and national security contexts regarding the most effective methods to use when engaging in an investigative interview and assessing interviewee credibility.
Evans, J.R., Meissner, C.A., Ross, A.B., Houston, K.A., Russano, M.B., & Horgan, A.J. (2013). Obtaining guilty knowledge in human intelligence interrogations: Comparing accusatorial and information-gathering approaches with a novel experimental paradigm. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 83-88. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.03.002
Evans, J.R., Michael, S.W., Meissner, C.A., & Brandon, S.E. (2013). Validating a new assessment method for deception detection: Introducing a psychologically based credibility assessment tool. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 33-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.02.002
Horgan, A.J., Russano, M.B., Meissner, C.A., & Evans, J.R. (2012). Minimization and maximization techniques: assessing the perceived consequences of confessing and confession diagnosticity. Psychology, Crime & Law, 18, 65-78. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.561801
Schreiber Compo, N., Evans, J.R., Carol, R.N., Villalba, D., Ham, L., Garcia, T. & Rose, S. (2012). Intoxicated Eyewitnesses: Better than their reputation? Law and Human Behavior, 36, 77-86. doi: 10.1007/s10979-011-9273-5
Evans, J.R. & Fisher, R.P. (2011). Eyewitness memory: Balancing the accuracy, precision, and quantity of information through metacognitive monitoring and control. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 501-508. doi: 10.1002/acp.1722
Schreiber Compo, N., Evans, J.R., Carol, R., Kemp, D., Villalba, D., Ham, L. & Rose, S. (2011). Alcohol intoxication and memory for events: A snapshot of a real world drinking scenario. Memory, 19, 202-210. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2010.546802
Evans, J.R., Meissner, C.A., Brandon, S.E., Russano, M.B., & Kleinman, S. M. (2010). Criminal versus HUMINT interrogations: The importance of psychological science in improving interrogative practice. Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 38, 215-249.
Evans, J.R., & Schreiber Compo, N. (2010). Mock jurors’ perceptions of identifications made by intoxicated eyewitnesses. Psychology, Crime & Law, 16, 191-210. doi: 10.1080/10683160802612890
Evans, J.R., Schreiber Compo, N., & Russano, M.B. (2009). Intoxicated eyewitnesses, victims and suspects: How common are they? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 15, 194-221. doi: 10.1037/a0016837
Interrogations and Deception Detection