I am a tenured, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, USA. I conduct research on human memory with a particular focus on eyewitness testimony, confession evidence and interrogation strategies.
I conduct highly-controlled laboratory-based research on the causal motivations for human behavior and memory. My research is published in peer-reviewed journals and I have presented my findings to national and international audiences.
I offer consultancy services on legal cases where the reliability of eyewitness identification or confession evidence may be called into question. I have consulted on cases in Texas, Colorado and Louisiana and have testified both at trial and in motion to suppress hearings. Please contact me for more information on consultancy services.
My first book, a co-authored work published by New York University Press, covers the topic of Eyewitness Memory and has received high praise:
"An engaging treatment of the current state of the science regarding eyewitness evidence. The authors walk a wise `middle road’ that integrates basic and applied research on perception and memory. Despite its brevity and accessibility, the book covers a lot of ground, including many studies published in the last few years. . . . Gives nuanced treatments of topics such as the effects of stress on memory and the relationship between witnesses’ confidence and their accuracy."
~Stephen Lindsay, University of Victoria
"Will be a great addition to the field. Often, the connection between basic understanding of psychological phenomena and how witnesses behave in real life is missed, but Lane and Houston do a great job in addressing this gap."
~James Lampinen, University of Arkansas
I was part of a large, multi-national team investigating detecting deception in interpreter-facilitated interviews. This project produced multiple publications and guidelines on ethical, science-based methods of deception detection.