Dr Helen Paterson

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

I am currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Sydney. I investigate ways in which psychological research and theory can inform the legal system. In particular, I am interested in studying eyewitness memory and lie detection. My research predomonantly focuses on how discussion amongst eyewitnesses can influence the accuracy of their individual memories and their psychological wellbeing.

Teaching and supervision

PSYC1001: Psychology 1001

PSYC3020: Applications of Psychological Science

LAWS6970: Forensic Psychology

Associations

Registered Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia

Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2001-Present

International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 2007-Present

Awards and honours

2013: First Prize for best Educational Article in the Australian Police Journal. Award presented by the NSW Police Commissioner.

2011: Research (Paterson & Kemp, 2006a) was cited in a very important and influential Supreme Court case in the United States (State of New Jersey v. Larry R. Henderson, 2011).

In the media

Research has been featured in the media on several occasions (e.g., ABC radio, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Channel 7 etc).

PhD and master's project opportunities

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Selected grants

2011

  • Towards a safer workplace: Promoting healthy work environments through strategic research in memory and behaviour change; Kemp R, Paterson H, Mullan B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2010

  • LNK: ARC Linkage LP110100220 Towards a safer workplace: Promoting healthy work environments through; Mullan B, Chau L, Paterson H; Workcover Authority/Project Support.

2009

  • ARC Linkage for funding - 1 January 2009 - Transfer from UNSW - "The impact of post-incident debrief; Paterson H, Turner J, Kelly A; New South Wales Fire Brigades/Project Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Paterson, H. (2010). Co-witnesses Talk: The Effects of discussion on Eyewitness Memory. USA and UK: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.

Journals

  • Harkness, E., Paterson, H., Denson, T., Kemp, R., Mullan, B., Sainsbury, K. (2014). Can ego depletion and post-event discussion change the way we remember a crime? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]
  • Gittins, C., Paterson, H., Sharpe, L. (2014). How does immediate recall of a stressful event affect psychological response to it? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 19-26. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Eijkemans, H., Kemp, R. (2014). Investigating the impact of delayed administration on the efficacy of the self-administered interview. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2014). Remorse in oral and handwritten false confessions. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19(2), 255-269. [More Information]
  • Wang, E., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2014). The effects of immediate recall on eyewitness accuracy and susceptibility to misinformation. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(7), 619-634. [More Information]
  • McPhee, I., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2014). The power of the spoken word: Can spoken-recall enhance eyewitness evidence? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]
  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Whittle, K. (2013). Can warnings decrease the misinformation effect in post-event debriefing? International Journal of Emergency Services, 2(1), 49-59. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Anderson, D., Kemp, R. (2013). Cautioning jurors regarding co-witness discussion: the impact of judicial warnings. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19(3), 287-304. [More Information]
  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Bryant, R. (2013). Do distress responses to a traumatic film predict susceptibility to the misinformation effect? Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 14(5), 562-575. [More Information]
  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Bryant, R. (2013). Individual differences in susceptibility to false memories for neutral and trauma-related words. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(3), 399-411. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2013). Linguistic indicators of a false confession. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(4), 504-518. [More Information]
  • Bostock Matsuko, D., Kemp, R., Paterson, H., Bryant, R. (2013). The assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder for workers’ compensation in emergency service personnel. Australian Psychologist, 48(6), 420-427. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2013). Vocal pitch production during lying: Beliefs about deception matter. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(1), 123-132. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., McIntyre, S. (2012). Can a witness report hearsay evidence unintentionally? The effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. Psychology, Crime and Law, 18(6), 505-527. [More Information]
  • Petterson, B., Paterson, H. (2012). Culture and Conformity: The Effects of Independent and Interdependent Self-Construal on Witness Memory. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19(5), 735-744. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2012). Ten Tips to Protect Eyewitness Evidence. Australian Police Journal, march, 28-33.
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Ng, J. (2011). Combating co-witness contamination: Attempting to decrease the negative effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 43-52. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Forgas, J. (2009). Co-witnesses, confederates, and conformity: Effects of discussion and delay on eyewitness memory. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 16(Supplement), S112-S124. [More Information]
  • Harris, C., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2008). Collaborative recall and collective memory: What happens when we remember together? Memory, 16(3), 213-230. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H. (2006). Co-witnesses and the effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 13(1), 146-149.
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2006). Co-witnesses talk: A survey of eyewitness discussion. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(2), 181-191. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2006). Comparing methods of encountering post-event information: The power of co-witness suggestion. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20(8), 1083-1099. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2005). Co-witness discussion: A survey of police officers' attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 12(2), 424-434.
  • Suedfeld, P., Soriano, E., McMurtry, D., Paterson, H., Weiszbeck, T., Krell, R. (2005). Erikson's "components of a healthy personality" among Holocaust survivors immediately and 40 years after the war. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60(3), 229-248. [More Information]
  • Suedfeld, P., Paterson, H., Krell, R. (2005). Holocaust survivors and the world of work. Journal of Genocide Research, 7(2), 243-254. [More Information]

2014

  • Harkness, E., Paterson, H., Denson, T., Kemp, R., Mullan, B., Sainsbury, K. (2014). Can ego depletion and post-event discussion change the way we remember a crime? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]
  • Gittins, C., Paterson, H., Sharpe, L. (2014). How does immediate recall of a stressful event affect psychological response to it? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 19-26. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Eijkemans, H., Kemp, R. (2014). Investigating the impact of delayed administration on the efficacy of the self-administered interview. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2014). Remorse in oral and handwritten false confessions. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19(2), 255-269. [More Information]
  • Wang, E., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2014). The effects of immediate recall on eyewitness accuracy and susceptibility to misinformation. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(7), 619-634. [More Information]
  • McPhee, I., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2014). The power of the spoken word: Can spoken-recall enhance eyewitness evidence? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. [More Information]

2013

  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Whittle, K. (2013). Can warnings decrease the misinformation effect in post-event debriefing? International Journal of Emergency Services, 2(1), 49-59. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Anderson, D., Kemp, R. (2013). Cautioning jurors regarding co-witness discussion: the impact of judicial warnings. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19(3), 287-304. [More Information]
  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Bryant, R. (2013). Do distress responses to a traumatic film predict susceptibility to the misinformation effect? Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 14(5), 562-575. [More Information]
  • Monds, L., Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Bryant, R. (2013). Individual differences in susceptibility to false memories for neutral and trauma-related words. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(3), 399-411. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2013). Linguistic indicators of a false confession. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(4), 504-518. [More Information]
  • Bostock Matsuko, D., Kemp, R., Paterson, H., Bryant, R. (2013). The assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder for workers’ compensation in emergency service personnel. Australian Psychologist, 48(6), 420-427. [More Information]
  • Villar, G., Arciuli, J., Paterson, H. (2013). Vocal pitch production during lying: Beliefs about deception matter. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(1), 123-132. [More Information]

2012

  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., McIntyre, S. (2012). Can a witness report hearsay evidence unintentionally? The effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. Psychology, Crime and Law, 18(6), 505-527. [More Information]
  • Petterson, B., Paterson, H. (2012). Culture and Conformity: The Effects of Independent and Interdependent Self-Construal on Witness Memory. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19(5), 735-744. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2012). Ten Tips to Protect Eyewitness Evidence. Australian Police Journal, march, 28-33.

2011

  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Ng, J. (2011). Combating co-witness contamination: Attempting to decrease the negative effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 43-52. [More Information]

2010

  • Paterson, H. (2010). Co-witnesses Talk: The Effects of discussion on Eyewitness Memory. USA and UK: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.

2009

  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R., Forgas, J. (2009). Co-witnesses, confederates, and conformity: Effects of discussion and delay on eyewitness memory. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 16(Supplement), S112-S124. [More Information]

2008

  • Harris, C., Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2008). Collaborative recall and collective memory: What happens when we remember together? Memory, 16(3), 213-230. [More Information]

2006

  • Paterson, H. (2006). Co-witnesses and the effects of discussion on eyewitness memory. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 13(1), 146-149.
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2006). Co-witnesses talk: A survey of eyewitness discussion. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(2), 181-191. [More Information]
  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2006). Comparing methods of encountering post-event information: The power of co-witness suggestion. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20(8), 1083-1099. [More Information]

2005

  • Paterson, H., Kemp, R. (2005). Co-witness discussion: A survey of police officers' attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 12(2), 424-434.
  • Suedfeld, P., Soriano, E., McMurtry, D., Paterson, H., Weiszbeck, T., Krell, R. (2005). Erikson's "components of a healthy personality" among Holocaust survivors immediately and 40 years after the war. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60(3), 229-248. [More Information]
  • Suedfeld, P., Paterson, H., Krell, R. (2005). Holocaust survivors and the world of work. Journal of Genocide Research, 7(2), 243-254. [More Information]

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