Ronald Fisher

Ronald Fisher
  • Ph.D.Experimental Psychology Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio
  • B.A. Psychology Queens College (CUNY)- New York, New York

Research Interests

Most of Dr. Fisher's research revolves around issues related to applying principles of cognition within the contexts of the law and national security. Dr. Fisher's three primary areas of research are (a) developing the Cognitive Interview procedure to enhance eyewitness memory of crime (and also related areas, e.g. transportation, accidents, group and personal decisions), (b) understanding why memory is sometimes inconsistent and examining the implications for impeaching witnesses; and, (c) detecting deception via cognitive measures and manipulations..

Select Publications

Fisher, R. P. & Geiselman, R. E. (1992) Memory-enhancing techniques in investigative interviewing: The cognitive interview. Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas. [Translated into Japanese & Korean]

Fisher, R. P., Milne, R., & Bull, R. (2011). Interviewing Cooperative Witnesses. Currrent Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 16-19. doi: 10.1177/0963721410396826

MacLean, C.L., Stinson, V., Kelloway,E. K. & Fisher, R.P. (2011). Improving workplace incident investigations by enhancing memory recall. International Journal of Workplace Health Management., 4, 257-273. DOI: 10.1108/17538351111172617.

Vrij, A., Mann, S., Leal, S., & Fisher, R.P. (in press). Is anyone there? Drawings as a tool to detect deceit in occupation interviews. Psychology, Crime & Law.

Leal, S., Vrij, A., Mann, S., & Fisher, R.P. (2011). Detecting concealed information about person recognition. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, # 3, 372-276: DOI:10.1002/acp.1701

Leins, D., Fisher, R.P., Vrij, A. & Mann, S. (2011). Using sketch-drawing to induce inconsistency in liars. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 16, 253-265. DOI: 10.1348/135532510X501775

Evans, J.R., & Fisher, R. P. (2011). Eyewitness memory: Balancing the accuracy, precision, and quantity of information. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 501-508. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1722.

Hope, L., Gabbert, F., & Fisher, R.P. (2011). From laboratory to the street: Capturing witness memory using the self-administered interview. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 16, 211-226. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8333.2011.02015.x

Fisher, R. P., & Schreiber, N. (2007). Interviewing protocols to improve eyewitness memory. In M. Toglia, J. Reed , D. Ross, & R. Lindsay, , & (Eds.) The handbook of eyewitness psychology: Volume One. Memory for events. Mahwah, N.J.:Erlbaum Associates. (pp.53-80)

Fisher, R. P., & Perez, V. (2007). Memory-enhancing techniques for interviewing crime suspects. Chapter in S. Christianson (Ed.) Offenders' Memories of Violent Crimes. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (pp. 329-35

Gilbert, J.A.E. & Fisher, R. P. (2006). The effects of varied retrieval cues on reminiscence in eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 723-739.

Fisher, R.P., Ross, S.J., & Cahill, B.S. (2010). Interviewing witnesses and victims. In P.A. Granhag (Ed.) Forensic Psychology in context: Nordic and International approaches. Portland: Willan Publishing (pp. 56-74).

Fisher, R. P., Vrij, A., & Leins, D. A. (in press) Inconsistency as a predictor of memory inaccuracy and lying. In B.S.Cooper, D. Griesel, & M Ternes (Eds.) Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment. New York: Springer.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Learning/Memory Senior Lab
  • Memory & Memory Improvement
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Proseminar in Experimental Psychology
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology