Centre of Forensic Interviewing


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Mr Ólafur Örn Bragason

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3927
  • Email: olafur.orn.bragason@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Ólafur graduated from the University of Iceland in 2002 with a BA in Psychology. In 2003 he completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Surrey and in 2004 Clinical Psychology studies from the University of Iceland. Since he has been working as a licensed psychologist in Iceland, in addition to receiving a specialization in Forensic Psychology from the Directorate of Health in Iceland in 2012.

Ólafur has mainly worked for the Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police the past 11 years but also for the Prison and Probation Administration as well as treatment facilities for youth operated by the Child Protection Authorities.

Ólafur has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Iceland since 2004, teaching an undergraduate course in Forensic Psychology as well as supervising a number um student Thesis. More recently Ólafur has taken up a similar role at Reykjavik University.  Since 2008 Ólafur has been a part-time lecturer at the National Police College of Iceland, teaching Police psychology and Stress resilience training to new recruits as well as taking part in continuing education courses for police officers.

Ólafur’s PhD will focus on investigative interviewing and evidence gathering by police with regard the investigation of domestic abuse.


Police interview techniques, false confessions, police integrity, recruitment practices, police stress, crime victimization survey’s and prisoners’ mental health.