Portrait of Mr Dara Mojtahedi Mr Dara Mojtahedi

d.mojtahedi@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471311


Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD (candidate)

Dara Mojtahedi is a Lecturer in Psychology for the MSc Investigative Psychology. Dara obtained a first class undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Huddersfield. In 2014  he also completed his MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. His dissertation was on the effects of social conformity on eyewitness statements, focussing on the social pressures exerted onto eyewitnesses after witnessing a crime. This research was later developed into a PhD project in 2014. Currently in the completing stages of his PhD in Co-witness influence, Dara’s main research interests focus around eyewitness behaviour.
Dara Mojtahedi has presented his research in multiple conferences and the emerging findings of his research have become widely accepted by both academics and practitioners within various police forces.

Dara supports public engagement, and is available as a media contact.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Dara Mojtahedi is currently a member of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology.

Research interests:

Forensic, Investigative and Criminal Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Eyewitness Behaviour (paying particular attention to cognitive biases)

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for University of Huddersfield Graduates (2014)

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2018) ‘Group size, misinformation and unanimity influences on co-witness judgmentsJournal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology . ISSN 1478-9949

Ryan, S., Sherretts, N., Willmott, D., Mojtahedi, D. and Baughman, B. (2018) ‘The Missing Link in Training to Detect Deception and its Implications for JusticeSafer Communities , 17 (1), pp. 33-46. ISSN 1757-8043


Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘Personality Correlates of Co-witness SuggestibilityJournal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice . ISSN 1522-8932

Mojtahedi, D., Prince, R. and Ryan, S. (2017) ‘Making an Arsonist: A Psychological Approach to Understanding Expressive ArsonEC Psychology and Psychiatry , 4 (3), pp. 94-99.

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘The Effects of Memory Conformity as a Function of Co-Witness Familiarity’. In: Crime, Culture and Social Harm, 14th July 2017, York St. John University, UK

Mojtahedi, D (2017) ‘New research reveals how little we can trust eyewitnessesThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘Investigating the Effects of Pre-existing Co-Witness Relationships on Statement Similarity.’. In: Division of Forensic Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 13th-15th June 2017, Bristol

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M., Hammond, L. and Ciesla, K. (2017) ‘The malleability of eyewitnesses: investigating the external predictors for eyewitness suggestibility’. In: EAPL Conference 2017, 28-31st May 2017, Mechelen, Belgium

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘Investigating the effects co-witness familiarity on statement similarity’. In: Forensic Psychology in Canada Conference, 24th-27th April 2017, Carleton University, Ottawa

Willmott, D., Mojtahedi, D., Ryan, S., Sherretts, N., Simpson, O. and Dlamini, T. (2017) ‘A Critical Assessment of Trait versus Situationalist Positions and the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R)EC Psychology and Psychiatry , 3 (1), pp. 13-18.

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘The Reduction of False ConvictionsThe Custodial Review , 81, pp. 12-12.


Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2016) ‘The misinformation effect: how multiple eye witnesses can make the same mistakeProof Magazine .


Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2015) ‘Co-Witness Influences on Eyewitness Identification Accuracy’. In: 24th Division of Forensic Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 1st - 3rd July 2015, Manchester

Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2015) ‘Investigating the effects of informational influence in an eyewitness setting’. In: 16th International Conference of Investigative Psychology 'New Developments in Investigative Psychology', 15th - 16th December 2015, London


Peer reviewing Awards for

  • Psychology Law Evidence Database (PLED) (2016-Present)

Other external recognition

  • Statistical Analysis Consultancy for Sports Science Research (2016)
  • External examiner in Organisational Behaviour (OB) for London Business School  (2016)


  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2015 winner

Research Degree Supervision

I am happy to consider supervising MSc Investigative Psychology (dissertation) students with an interest in eyewitness research.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Dara Mojtahedi is a lecturer for the MSc Investigative Psychology programme at the University of Huddersfield.