Dr. Rolando N. Carol and his twin brother are both proud Panthers! With three FIU psychology degrees under his belt (B.A. '05, M.S. '10 in Psychology, Ph.D. ‘13 in Legal Psychology) Dr. Carol is now an Associate Professor of Psychology at Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama. (His brother Orlando graduated from FIU with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006.)
While a doctoral student at FIU, Carol was mentored by Dr. Nadja Schreiber Compo and worked with her on research related to vulnerable witnesses such as children and the intoxicated. In his dissertation, Dr. Carol developed a novel experimental paradigm to investigate and compare implicit and explicit witness memory which was recently published in Consciousness and Cognition, a top journal in the field. Dr. Carol and his mentor, Dr. Schreiber Compo, have published five papers together, are currently co-editing a book on research on the Cognitive Interview, an evidence-based interviewing protocol created by Dr. Ron Fisher, an FIU Professor in Legal Psychology, and Ed Geiselman, a UCLA Professor Emeritus in Psychology, and continue to work on research involving intoxicated witnesses.
Dr. Carol also worked with Dr. Steve Charman on research related to interviewing vulnerable witnesses as well as theoretical concepts related to eyewitness memory. These concepts have significant implications and real-world applications, such as understanding how witnesses attempt to identify missing children, especially children who may be missing for long periods. Age-progression techniques can be problematic for witnesses and lead to false recognitions, as shown in Carol and Charman’s 2013 study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. The study entitled Age-progressed images may harm recognition of missing children by increasing the number of plausible targets found that age-progressed images were not just simply decreasing the likelihood of recognizing anyone, but they seemed to be systematically leading people away from the target and reducing the likelihood of actually recognizing a missing child.