Centre of Forensic Interviewing


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Dr Colin Clarke

  • Role Title: Visiting Academic
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3927
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Colin Clarke had a long career in law enforcement with the military and subsequently the Metropolitan Police Service, during which time he undertook a wide range of policing roles. During this period he graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Open University and started to conduct research into police interviewing. He subsequently became a member of the second PEACE project team that reviewed and reinforced PEACE interviewing across England and Wales; as a result of which he became a founder member of the ACPO Investigative Interviewing Steering Group. In 2005 he completed his PhD, which examined the impact of PEACE interviewing training on police officers practice and was supervised by Dr Becky Milne, University of Portsmouth.

Teaching Responsibilities

Colin has experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on a range of topics. Those topics include developmental psychology, communication skills (psychology and practical), miscarriages of justice and research skills. Currently he supports students undertaking an MSc in Forensic Psychology with the Open University and offers workshops on Eric Shepherd’s analysis tool - SE3R.


Colin’s research interests include the development of interviewing skills in professional settings and the development of critical thinking skills. Previously he has examined the impact of police officers language when interviewing children by comparing police officers’ and nursery nurses use of language, funded by a Home Office grant. Later he conducted a national evaluation of PEACE interviewing for his PhD; including, for the first time in the UK, an evaluation of real life interviews with victims and witnesses. Recently, he began to examine the relationship between individual differences and an interviewers’ behaviour during an interview using the NEO PI-R.

His current research involves the development and evaluation of a Web 2.0 tool to facilitate the development of critical thinking through the construction of a literature review.