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Serra Tekin Eriksson


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    Applied Sciences / Psychology

Dr Serra Tekin Eriksson is a lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences. After completing her BA and MA at Istanbul University, she attended the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program and gained her PhD degree in Legal Psychology in 2016 in dual agreement between the University of Gothenburg and the University of Portsmouth. She completed her first postdo at the University of Zurich in 2019.

Dr Tekin Eriksson worked as a prison psychologist in Turkey before going back to research. Her research interests mainly concern investigative interviewing with a focus on information gathering from suspects, detecting deception and the effect of culture in forensic interviews. The overall aim of her research is to develop and improve strategic ways of interviewing suspects as well as interviewing to detect true and false intentions. Evidence disclosure and the role of culture are also central to her research. Dr Tekin Eriksson is a chartered psychologist.

BSc Psychology

  • Exploring Real World Psychology
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
  • Psychology of Behaviour with Others

MSc Psychology

  • Social Behaviour

Dr Serra Tekin Eriksson has a number of papers on investigative interviewing, evidence disclosure in police interviews, eyewitness memories and suggestibility. Her current research focuses on two areas within investigative interviewing: interviewing about future intentions and the role of suspects’ cultural background in interviews.

Intention research is quite a new area in psycho-legal literature and being able to detect one’s true intentions (e.g., criminal and non-criminal) has implications in preventing crimes. Similarly, considering people’s increased mobility around the world, it became more likely now that a police officer interviews a suspect with a background/culture different than theirs. Therefore, studying the dynamics of the interview room is helpful in improving the cross-cultural communication between an interviewer and a suspect as well as developing effective interview techniques.

View my publications at
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society