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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.
University research group memberships
Dara Mojtahedi is currently a member of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology.
Forensic, Investigative and Criminal Psychology
Eyewitness Behaviour (paying particular attention to cognitive biases)
Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for University of Huddersfield Graduates (2014)
Mojtahedi, D., Ioannou, M. and Hammond, L. (2017) ‘Personality Correlates of Co-witness Suggestibility’ Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice . ISSN 1522-8932
Ryan, S., Sherretts, N., Willmott, D., Mojtahedi, D. and Baughman, B. (2017) ‘The Missing Link in Training to Detect Deception and its Implications for Justice’ Safer Communities . ISSN 1757-8043
Mojtahedi, D., Prince, R. and Ryan, S. (2017) ‘Making an Arsonist: A Psychological Approach to Understanding Expressive Arson’ EC 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 eyewitnesses’ The 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 Convictions’ The 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 mistake’ Proof 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
Other external recognition
I am happy to consider supervising MSc Investigative Psychology (dissertation) students with an interest in eyewitness research.
Dara Mojtahedi is a lecturer for the MSc Investigative Psychology programme at the University of Huddersfield.