Professor Josh Davis BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCertHE, FHEA, AFBPsS, CPsychol

Reader in Applied Psychology

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Josh Davis

Professor Josh Davis
BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCertHE, FHEA, AFBPsS, CPsychol

Reader in Applied Psychology


Dr Josh P Davis is a Chartered Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has worked at the University of Greenwich since 2008, since 2016 as a Reader in Applied Psychology. His PhD was on the "Forensic Identification of Unfamiliar Faces in CCTV Images" (2007) and he has since published research on human face recognition and eyewitness identification, the reliability of facial composite systems (e.g., E-FIT, EFIT-V), and methods used by expert witnesses to provide evidence of identification in court ('facial comparison evidence'). 

He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and the European Association of Psychology and law. Since April 2011, his research has mainly focussed on so called 'super-recognisers' with exceptional face recognition abilities. This led to changes in the management and distribution of CCTV images by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) – substantially enhancing suspect identification rates. In May 2014, he received European Commission funding as part of the €8,406,523 LASIE (2014), with the primary aim of developing a test of superior face recognition. He has also advised other international police forces and Government agencies (e.g., Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore), consulted with business (e.g., Super-Recognisers International, Yoti), and presented his research worldwide (e.g., Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, USA). 

He is regularly interviewed by the international media and his first co-edited book "Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV" (Wiley Blackwell) was published in 2015. In 2019 a collaboration with VisionMetric to examine human and computer face processing was awarded £300,000 by Innovate UK. For his work he has recently been awarded University of Greenwich: Outstanding Achievement in Enterprise Award Winner (November 2019); and Students' Union: University of Greenwich Student-Led Teaching Awards: Supervisor of the Year (May 2018).

Posts held previously:

  • 2008-16, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich
  • 2006-08, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London (funded by Nuffield Foundation)
  • 2005-06, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London (funded by ESPRC)
  • 2001-08, Visiting Tutor (p/t), Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London 
  • 1999-2004, Visiting Lecturer (p/t), Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London 
  • 1999-2000, President, Students' Union, Royal Holloway, University of London (elected sabbatical position)

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader: MSc Psychology (Conversion)
  • Ambassador: Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Early Career Researchers (ECR)
  • Grants Lead: School of Human Sciences - Psychology, Social Work and Counselling Research Executive
  • Module Leader: PSYC1072: Criminal Investigative Psychology (Level 7)
  • Module Leader: PSYC1104: Social Forensic Psychology (Level 7)
  • Module Leader: PSYH1035: Investigative Forensic Psychology (Level 6)
  • Module Leader: PSYC1073: Social Forensic Psychology (Level 6)

Recognition

  • 2020-2023External examiner: BSc Forensic Psychology. University of Coventry
  • 2018-2021External Examiner: MSc Psychology (Conversion), MSc in Psychology. University of Reading
  • 2017-2020External examiner: BSc Forensic Psychology. University of Chester,
  • PhD Examiner: Goldsmiths, University of London (2017), Liverpool Hope University (2018), Nottingham Trent University (2018), University of Kent (2020), University of Central Lancashire (2020)
  • European Commission: Secure Societies: Pool of expert evaluators (2019)
  • Reviewer: ESRC

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Legal psychology
  • Eyewitness identification
  • Individual differences in face recognition
  • Super-recognisers
  • Facial composites
  • Jury decision making

Key funded projects

  • 2019-2021 Deep learning strategies for accurate identification from facial composite images (E2ID). Innovate UK. £371,490.
  • 2014-2017 LArge scale information exploitation of forensic data (LASIE). European Commission 7th Framework Programme. SEC-2013.1.6-1: 607480, €8,406,523.35
  • May 2018-July 2021 Stuttgart Police, Germany
  • August 2015-July 2020 Yoti
  • August 2017-February 2020 Super-Recognisers International
  • December 2018-July 2019 Queensland Police Service, Australia
  • February 2018-September 2018 TJX Europe
  • February 2018-June 2018 Netherlands Government Agency
  • February 2018-January 2019 Seequestor Ltd.
  • November 2017-September 2018 Munich Police, Germany
  • December 2016-May 2017 Singapore Government Agency
  • October 2016-June 2017 Greater Manchester Police
  • October 2015-May 2016 Essex Police
  • May 2015-August 2015 Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • September 2014 Greater Manchester Police

Recent publications

Article

Robertson, David J. , Black, Jennifer, Chamberlain, Bethany, Megreya, Ahmed , Davis, Josh P. (2019), Super-recognisers show an advantage for other race face identification, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Applied Cognitive Psychology pp. 205-216 ISSN: 0888-4080 (Print), 1099-0720 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3608) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Davis, Josh P. , Maigut, Andreea, Forrest, Charlotte (2019), The wisdom of the crowd: a case of post- to ante-mortem face matching by police super-recognisers, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Forensic Science International ISSN: 0379-0738 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2019.109910) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), The worldwide impact of identifying super-recognisers in police and business, The British Psychological Society. In: , , , . The British Psychological Society, The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin pp. 17-22 ISSN: 2397-2653 (Print), (doi: ) Published.

Satchall, Liam Paul , Davis, Josh P., Julle-Danière, Eglantine, Tupper, Nina , Marshman, Paul (2019), Recognising faces but not traits: Accurate personality judgment from faces is unrelated to superior face memory, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Research in Personality pp. 49-58 ISSN: 0092-6566 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.02.002) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Belanova, Elena , Davis, Josh P., Thompson, Trevor (2018), Cognitive and neural markers of super-recognisers’ face processing superiority and enhanced cross-age effect, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Cortex pp. 92-111 ISSN: 0010-9452 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2018.07.008) Published.

Osborn, Kirsty , Davis, Josh, Button, Susan, Foster, John (2018), Juror decision making in acquaintance and marital rape: The influence of clothing, alcohol and pre-existing stereotypical attitudes, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518768566) Inpress.

Davis, Josh P. , Forrest, Charlotte, Treml, Felicia, Jansari, Ashok (2018), Identification from CCTV: Assessing police super-recogniser ability to spot faces in a crowd and susceptibility to change blindness, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Applied Cognitive Psychology pp. 337-353 ISSN: 0888-4080 (Print), 1099-0720 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3405) Published.

Davis, Josh and , (2013), Super-recognisers in the metropolitan police, IFSEC. In: , , , . IFSEC, IFSEC Global (doi: https://www.ifsecglobal.com/video-surveillance/super-recognisers-in-the-metropolitan-police/) Published.

Scott, Sophie K. , Rosen, Stuart, Beaman, C. Philip, Davis, Josh P. , Wise, Richard J.S. (2009), The neural processing of masked speech: evidence for different mechanisms in the left and right temporal lobes, Acoustical Society of America. In: , , , . Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America ISSN: 0001-4966 (Print), 1520-8524 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.3050255) Published.

Book section

Davis, Josh P and , (2020), CCTV and the super-recognisers, Routledge. In: , , In: Clifford Stott, Ben Bradford, Matthew Radburn, Leanne Savigar-Shaw (eds.), Making an Impact on Policing and Crime: Psychological Research, Policy and Practic. Routledge, London, UK (1st) ISBN: 9780815353577 (doi: ) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Davis, Josh P. , Gibson, Stuart J., Solomon, Christopher J. (2017), Holistic facial composite systems: Implementation and evaluation, Nova Science Publishers. In: , , , Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Difference. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 41-54 ISBN: 9781536123986 (doi: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62896) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), Super-recognisers: Superior ability at face recognition and spotting faces in a crowd, In: Football Stadium Officials Association Conference, 9 October 2019, Stratford-upon-Avon , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), Super-recognisers with exceptional face memory: Research and applied implications, In: Workshop at the University of Cape Town, 16 July 2019, Cape Town, South Africa , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), Superior face recognisers: Enhancing police and security activities worldwide, In: Developments in facial identification from eyewitness testimony. Visionmetric., 30 May 2019, Stanton House Hotel, Swindon, Wiltshire , . , (doi: ) Submitted.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), Super recognizers: Humans with extraordinary face recognition ability, In: World Game Protection Conference (WGPC), 3-6 March 2019, Las Vagas, USA , . , (doi: ) Submitted.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), The impact on crime detection of super-recognisers in the police, In: Workshop at Police Headquarters, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, 11 February 2019, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), The worldwide search for super-recognisers in the police, security and the general public, In: Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference, 7-8 February, 2019, Sydney, Australia , . , (doi: http://forensic.psy.unsw.edu.au/ufig.html) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2019), The science behind the University of Greenwich super-recognition tests for policing and security, In: Les Super Physionomistes et Leur Employ dans la Police: Conference Internationale, 17 January 2019, Ministѐre de L’Intѐrieur, Lognes, Paris, France , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2018), The deployment of super-recognisers in policing and identity verification, In: The Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists Annual Conference, 2 November 2018, Northampton , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. , Treml, Felicia, Forrest, Charlotte, Jansari, Ashok (2018), Evaluating police super-recogniser’s ability to spot persons of interest in videoed crowds, In: British Psychological Society: Cognitive Section Annual Conference, 30 August 2019, Liverpool Hope University , . , (doi: ) Submitted.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2018), The deployment of super-face recognisers in policing, security, and identity verification, In: Workshop at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg, 30 April 2018, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2018), The deployment of super-face-recognisers in policing, security and identity verification, In: Qualtrics X4, 11 April 2018, London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2018), Superior human face processors: Making best use of computer-generated identity information, In: UK Government Biometrics Working Group, 14 March 2018, Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy, London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), Searching for super-recognisers in the police and the general public, In: 8th International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-2017), 16-17 December 2017, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), Super-face-recognisers for policing and security, In: ASIS International, 8 December 2017, Westminster Cathedral, London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), The deployment of police super-recognisers, In: Workshop at Netherlands Forensic Institute, 16 November 2017, Den Haag, Netherlands , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), Super-face processors: Consistently exceptional at a range of face recognition and matching tasks?, In: Face Recognition at its Best Workshop, 19 October 2017, University of Notre Dame (USA), London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), CCTV and recognition evidence by super-recogniser witnesses, In: Trading Standards Investigation Seminar, 5 October 2017, Exeter Racecourse, Exeter, Devon , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), CCTV and recognition evidence by super-recogniser witnesses, In: ID Law, 6 April 2017, Strand Palace Hotel, London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), Super-recognisers: Excellent at face recognition – excellent at crime fighting, In: Public event at the City of London Police Museum, 16 March 2017, City of London Police Museum, Guildhall , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2017), Identification from CCTV and super-recognisers, In: Staff Training Institute (Civil Service College), 13 February 2017, Kent Ridge, Singapore , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2016), Enhancing suspect identifications by testing the face recognition ability of law enforcement and security officers, In: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Conference, 22 November 2016, National Crime Agency, London , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2016), The operational use of super-recognisers in policing and security, In: Advances in Security in the Digital Age: Global MSC Security Conference, 15 November 2016, Bristol , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2016), New ways of harnessing images for law enforcement and national security, In: The Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists Annual Conference, 21 October 2016, Oxford , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2016), Facial composites: A successful collaboration between technology and psychology, In: SIBGRAPI 2016: Workshop on Face Processing Applications: Biometrics and Beyond, 6 October 2016, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil , . , (doi: ) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , (2016), Super-recognisers in the general public and the police, In: Person Recognition in Security Settings Workshop, 2 June 2016, University of Portsmouth , . , (doi: ) Published.

Conference proceedings

Durova, M. l. , Dimou, A., Litos, G., Daras, P. , Davis, J. P. (2017), TooManyEyes: Super-recogniser directed identification of target individuals on CCTV, IET Digital Library. In: , , , 8th IET International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-17. IET Digital Library, (doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1071986) Published.

Davis, Josh P. and , Tamonytė, Donata (2017), Masters of disguise: Super-recognisers’ superior memory for concealed faces, IEEE. In: , , , 2017 Seventh International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST. IEEE, ISBN: 9781538640197 2472-7601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/EST.2017.8090397) Published.