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Department of Psychology


Michael Lamb’s research focuses on forensic interviewing and the factors affecting children’s adjustment.  He and his colleagues have shown how developmentally sensitive interviewing improves the amount and quality of information obtained from young victims, witnesses and offenders in investigative settings:  Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial, Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses, Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practise, and Children and Cross-Examination.

His other research has documented the roles played by parent-child relationships and other experiences in shaping children’s adjustment and well-being: The Role of the Father in Child Development and Mothers, Fathers, Families, and Circumstances: Factors Affecting Children’s Adjustment.

General treatments of developmental science can be found in The Handbook of Life-Span Development: Social and Emotional Development and Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook (7th Edition).


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Reprints of many published articles are available via Research Gate

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Timely disclosures mean timely interventions for young offenders and victims (Final Report to the Nuffield and Jacobs Foundations who funded this research between 2013 and 2019).

Emeritus Professor
Emeritus Fellow
Editor, Journal of Psychology, Public Policy and Law.
Former President and Council Representative, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), American Psychological Association.
Professor Michael Lamb
Person keywords: 
Child Development
Child forensic interview
Not available for consultancy