University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho, 83844-3043
Dr. Atkinson’s research focuses on identifying, researching and training ethical and effective police and military interviewing techniques as well as research on lying and deception detection/credibility assessment.
- Ph.D., Psychology, Iowa State University 2019
- M.S., Research Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2014
- B.A., Psychology, Butler University 2012
- Interview/Interrogation Techniques
- Lying and Memory
- Deception Detection
- Credibility Assessment
- Sweet, D. M., Meissner, C. A., & Atkinson, D. J. (2017). Assessing law enforcement performance in behavior-based threat detection tasks involving a concealed weapon or device. Law and Human Behavior, 41(5), 411–421. DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000243
- Swanner, J. K., Meissner, C.A., Atkinson, D.J., & Dianiska, R.E. (2016). Developing diagnostic, evidence-based approaches to interrogation. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5(3), 295-301. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2016.07.001
Dr. Atkinson’s research primarily focuses on finding ethical and effective interview and elicitation techniques that can be used by law enforcement and the military. These techniques include the use of good questioning tactics, rapport building, trust building strategies and the use of the model statement. Furthermore, Dr. Atkinson’s research also focuses on lying and deception in the interrogative process. More specifically, this research focuses on identifying reliable verbal (e.g., the level of detail in a statement/story) and behavioral (e.g., eye movement or gestures) indicators of truth or deceit. Lastly, Dr. Atkinson’s research also examines the real-world effectiveness of these techniques by assessing their utility in real world interview/interrogation settings.