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Graduate Students

Chris Altman

I am a first-year doctoral student in the Legal Psychology Program at FIU. I received my B.S in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (2012) before earning my M.S. degree at Ball State University (2014). My research interests are vulnerable witnesses and how interviewing affects lineup identifications. Currently, I am examining how elevated levels of alcohol (>.08) affect eyewitness memory. Those interested in the research can contact me at

Amelia Jafary

Amelia earned her Masters in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 2015. She started FIU’s Legal Psychology program in Fall 2015. She is interested in improving interrogation methods.

Michelle Pena

Michelle Pena received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2013 and continued her FIU journey by entering the Ph.D. program in Legal Psychology in the Fall of 2014. She is primarily interested in conducting research on investigative interviewing techniques used on vulnerable witnesses and the effects of 'blind' interviewing in various contexts. She is currently working in the Investigative Interviewing Lab with Dr. Schreiber-Compo in examining verbal and nonverbal interviewing behaviors, in the TRIIIAD Lab with Dr. Evans on examining the detection of deception in non-native English speakers, and in the Child Narratives Lab with Dr. Klemfuss looking at the effects of misleading information on a person’s perception of credibility.

Geri Satin

Sarah Shaffer

Sarah was awarded both her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Psychology at Arizona State University. She began the Legal Psychology Ph.D. program at FIU in the fall of 2014. Her research focuses on the application of basic Social and Moral Psychology to the legal field as well as the intersection of the legal and medical systems. Topics of interest include false confession, social influence as a means of the behavioral manipulation of criminal suspects, and morality as a basis for punitive attitudes and judgment-making behavior in policing and the criminal justice system.

Keith Wylie

Keith earned a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Business and Crime, Law & Deviance from the University in Central Florida in 2014. At UCF, he completed a project about media bias and juror decision-making. He started FIU’s Legal Psychology Ph.D. program in Fall 2014 and earned his M.S. in 2017. He is interested in researching interviewing techniques with non-native English speakers and is currently developing a project investigating suggestive questioning with non-native English speakers.

Laura Shambaugh

Danielle Sneyd

Andrea Wolfs

Andrea received her B.Sc. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Psychology and Law from Maastricht University. During her undergraduate program she developed an interest in witnesses, and for her Master’s thesis, she conducted research in which the Concealed Information Test (originally a detection deception technique) was used for eyewitnesses. Now she is a first-year PhD student in the Legal Psychology program at FIU. Her main interests include eyewitness interviewing and interrogations, and she is currently working in Dr. Evans' lab on a study involving alcohol and cognition, as well as working in Dr. Schreiber Compo's lab on a study about rapport maintenance.

Alexis Mook

Kureva Matuku

Kureva earned his B.A. in Social and Cognitive Psychology at Jacobs University in Germany in 2016. He is interested in eyewitness memory, particularly line-up procedures. His research interests also include human intelligence gathering techniques and jury decision-making.

Kelsey Hess

Stefanie Mclaney