Jacqueline Evans

Jacqueline Evans


• 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

Research Interests

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.

Select Publications

Charman, S.D., Reyes, A., Villalba, D., & Evans, J.R. (2016) The (un)reliability of alibi corroborators: Failure to recognize faces of briefly encountered strangers puts innocent suspects at risk. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2264

Schreiber Compo, N., Carol, R.N., Evans, J.R., Pimentel, P., Holness, H., Nichols-Lopez, K., Rose, S., & Furton, K. (2016). Witness memory and alcohol: The effects of state-dependent recall. Law & Human Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000224

Vallano, J.P., Evans, J.R., Kieckhaefer, J.M., & Schreiber Compo, N. (2015). Rapport-building during witness and suspect interviews: A survey of law enforcement. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 369-380. doi: 10.1002/acp.3115

Evans, J.R., Houston, K.A., Meissner, C.A., Ross, A.B., LaBianca, J.R., Woestehoff, S.A., & Kleinman, S.M. (2014). An empirical evaluation of intelligence-gathering interrogation techniques from the United States Army Field Manual. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 867-875. doi: 10.1002/acp.3065

Evans, J.R., & Michael, S.W. (2014) Detecting deception in non-native English speakers. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 226-237. doi: 10.1002/acp.2990

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

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., & 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

Courses Taught

Cognitive Processes

Interrogations and Deception Detection

Senior Seminar: Psychology of Wrongful Convictions