Lynn Hulse

Dr Lynn Hulse is a psychologist who has worked with the interdisciplinary Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) for more than a decade. Her research - with civilians and emergency services personnel - is ultimately focused on improving safety and security.

Current and past projects cover topics such as construction safety, road safety, fires, terrorist attacks and other emergencies. These projects include:

*Improving Evacuation Safety on Construction Sites - investigating the perceptions and behaviour of workers in a dynamic, hazardous environment in relation to risk and emergency evacuations.

*GATEway - gaining insight into road user (passenger, pedestrian) perceptions of and behaviour around autonomous vehicles.

*GEO-SAFE - identifying human behaviour associated with wildfire evacuation to help inform computer modellers, disaster managers and first responders.

*LIFEBID - working with Kent and other UK fire and rescue services to build a database of survivor accounts of accidental dwelling fires, the type of incident responsible for most fire-related injuries and deaths.

*BeSeCu - cross-cultural study of civilian and first responder behaviour in disasters and other emergency situations in order to better tailor security-related communication, instructions and procedures.

*HEED - investigation of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, collecting survivor accounts to understand occupant response and evacuation behaviour.

Prior to joining FSEG, Dr Hulse worked and studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and was a visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University in Canada. She was also a member of a Scottish Executive steering group tasked with producing national guidance on investigative interviews with child witnesses as part of justice system reforms. Her research focused largely on how emotional arousal induced during serious crimes, such as attacks involving weapons, might affect the way a victim/witness perceives, attends to and remembers event details. It also focused on different aspects of memory (e.g. accuracy, completeness, recalling people's actions, recognising the perpetrator from a lineup) and in increasing the ecological validity of studies in this area (e.g. the use of firearms simulators).


PhD in Applied Cognitive/Forensic Psychology
MA(Hons) in Psychology
UCCPD in Forensic Road Collision Investigation