Dr Jennifer Beaudry
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
- Department of Psychological Sciences
- ATC1023 Hawthorn campus
Jennifer's research sits at the intersection of Psychology and Law. Her main focus is on eyewitness memory, identification procedures, and how eyewitness evidence is used and understood in court.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology in 2000 at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She received a Master of Arts degree in 2004 and a Ph.D. in 2008, both in Social-Personality Psychology, from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Before completing her postgraduate training, Jennifer worked as an Emergency Services Social Worker at the Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin in Ontario, Canada. From 2008-2012, Jennifer was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). Jennifer joined Swinburne in August 2012.
Psychology and the Law; Eyewitness Memory; Police Identification Procedures; Belief of Eyewitness Evidence; Jury Decision-making; Wrongful Convictions
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Eyewitness Memory & Belief of Eyewitnesses: I'm primarily interested in research focused on: 1. Understanding factors that influence eyewitness identification decisions and/or recall, and investigating how eyewitnesses make recognition decisions. 2. Investigating how eyewitness identification evidence is used by decision-makers (e.g., jurors, lawyers, judges), and this evidence should be presented in court.
Available to supervise honours students.
Honours topics and outlines
Additional areas: Additional areas may be identified on discussion if driven by common or overlapping interests and expertise.
Belief of eyewitness identifications: Investigating how eyewitness identification evidence is used by decision-makers (e.g., jurors, lawyers, and judges), determining whether videorecords of the eyewitness–investigator interaction should be presented in court, and examining the efficacy of legal safeguards.
Eyewitness memory: : Understanding factors that influence eyewitness identification decisions and/or recall, investigating how eyewitnesses make recognition decisions, and developing a psychometrically-sound scale to measure eyewitnesses’ decision processes.
Fields of Research
- Forensic Psychology - 170104
- Social And Community Psychology - 170113
- 2014, Swinburne, Award for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment , Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
- 2011, Other, Professor of the Year, University of South Carolina Beaufort
- 2011, Other, Outstanding Student Club Advisor of the Year, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Also published as: Beaudry, Jennifer; Beaudry, J.; Beaudry, J. L.; Beaudry, Jennifer L.; Beaudry, Jennifer Lynn
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2013: Overcoming obstacles in the public mental health system: an investigation ofi ncreased engagement by people with depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
* Chief Investigator
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