Dr Josh Davis BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA

Reader in Applied Psychology

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Josh Davis

Dr Josh Davis
BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA

Reader in Applied Psychology


Dr Josh Davis is a Reader, Applied Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Josh joined the university in 2008 and is course coordinator for Criminal Investigation Psychology (Level 7), Social Forensic Psychology (Level 6 and 7), and Investigative Forensic Psychology (Level 6). He is also MSc Psychology (Conversion) Programme Leader and supervises PhD, MSc and undergraduate research projects.

His ESRC-funded PhD was on 'Forensic Identification of Unfamiliar Faces in CCTV Images' (University of London: 2007) and he has published research on human face recognition and eyewitness identification; reliability of facial composite systems (e.g. E-FIT, EFIT-V); and methods used by expert witnesses to provide evidence of identification in court. His first co-edited book 'Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV' (Wiley Blackwell) was published in 2015.

Josh has presented his "super-recogniser" research worldwide (see Recent Presentations), attracting international media interest including regular appearances on the BBC, ITV, Sky and other worldwide stations. Because of this exposure, over 6,000,000 members of the public from around the world have contributed to his online research (see for opportunities to contribute).

He has worked closely with police forces around the world (e.g. Metropolitan Police Service, Munich Police, Queensland Police) to help develop super-recogniser units. He has also acted as a consultant to business (e.g. Yoti) on identification verification issues.

For this work, in 2019, he was a 'University of Greenwich: Outstanding Achievement in Enterprise Award Winner' and for his teaching in 2018 he was awarded a Students' Union: University of Greenwich Student-Led 'Supervisor of the Year' Teaching Award.

Posts held previously:

  • 2008-16, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling, 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

  • Reader, Applied Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Programme Leader for MSc Psychology (Conversion)
  • Course coordinator for Criminal Investigation Psychology (Level 7), Social Forensic Psychology (Level 6 and Level 7), and Investigative Forensic Psychology (Level 6)
  • Supervises BSc/MSc/PhD research projects

Recognition

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Experimental Psychology Society
  • Member of the European Society of Psychology and Law
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Joint Instigator: South East Eyewitness Network
  • Research Council Peer Reviewer (e.g. ESRC)
  • External Examiner: PhDs, MScs by Research
  • External Examiner: University of Reading (MSc Psychology and others)
  • External Examiner: University of Chester: BSc Forensic Psychology

Research / Scholarly interests

Josh's primary research interests are in cognitive and investigative forensic psychology, in particular face, voice and person recognition and applied legal implications. He also researches jury decision making. 

Recent research examines the cognitive abilities of Metropolitan Police Service officers who have made a large number of identifications of suspects from CCTV images –"super-recognisers". He also consults with international police forces and business organisations on identity verification issues.

Key funded projects

  • Davis, J. P., Solomon, C., & Gibson, S. (2019). Deep learning strategies for accurate identification from facial composite images (E2ID). Innovate UK, April 2019. 
  • Davis, J.P., Monks, C., & van Zalk, N. (2017). The developmental trajectory of individual differences in voice and face recognition ability. University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor's Studentship PhD Award, April 2017.
  • Davis, J.P., Monks, C., & van Zalk, N. (2016). Family relationships in 'super' face recognition ability, shyness and personality. University of Greenwich, Research Excellence Framework Funds 2016/17. October 2016.
  • Davis, J.P. (2016). Development of a face database for future research and enterprise projects. University of Greenwich, Seedling Fund, April 2016.
  • Foster, J., Davis, J.P., & Thompson, S. (2015). Student drinking: Cross-sectional investigation of drinking trajectory and risky behaviours in students across academic year groups. University of Greenwich, Research Excellence Framework Funds 2015/16, October 2015.
  • Davis, J.P., & Jolliffe, D. (2014). Evaluating and enhancing the eyewitness identification performance of older adults. University of Greenwich Research & Enterprise Investment Programme 2014/15 – RAE Competitive Round, RAE-EH-03/14, August 2014, 
  • Davis, J.P., Thompson, T., & Monks, C. (2014). A neuroscientific and cognitive examination of individual differences in face recognition ability. University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor's Studentship PhD Award, June 2014. Davis, J.P. & LASIE Partners (2014-2017). LArge Scale Information Exploitation of Forensic Data (LASIE). European Commission 7th Framework Programme. SEC-2013.1.6-1: 607480 May 2014.

Articles

, , , and () . In: Applied Cognitive Psychology. Wiley. pp. 205-216. ISSN 0888-4080 ISSN 0888-4080

, and () . In: Forensic Science International. Elsevier. ISSN 0379-0738 ISSN 0379-0738

() . In: The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin. The British Psychological Society. pp. 17-22. ISSN 2397-2653 ISSN 2397-2653

, , , and () . In: Journal of Research in Personality. Elsevier. pp. 49-58. ISSN 0092-6566 ISSN 0092-6566

, and () . In: Cortex. Elsevier. pp. 92-111. ISSN 0010-9452 ISSN 0010-9452

, , and () . In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. SAGE Publications. ISSN 0886-2605 ISSN 0886-2605

, , and () . In: Applied Cognitive Psychology. Wiley. pp. 337-353. ISSN 0888-4080 ISSN 0888-4080

, , and () . In: Applied Cognitive Psychology. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 827-840. ISSN 0888-4080 ISSN 0888-4080

, , and () . In: Journal of Psychology. Taylor & Francis. pp. 102-118. ISSN 0022-3980 ISSN 0022-3980

, , , and () . In: Journal of Visualized Experiments. JoVE. pp. 1-14.

, , , and () . In: Journal of Forensic Practice. Emerald. pp. 307-318. ISSN 2050-8794 ISSN 2050-8794

, , and () . In: Psychology, Crime & Law. Routledge / Taylor & Francis. pp. 9-27. ISSN 1068-316X ISSN 1068-316X

Book sections

, and () . In: Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences. Nova Science Publishers. pp. 41-54. ISBN 978-1536123986

and () . In: Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. pp. 211-238. ISBN 9781118469583

, and () . In: Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. pp. 239-262. ISBN 9781118469583

and () . In: Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. pp. 3-14. ISBN 9781118469583

and () . In: Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. pp. 323-347. ISBN 9781118469583

Books

and (Eds.) (2015) . John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK. ISBN 9781118469576

Conference proceedings

, , , and () . In: 8th IET International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-17). IET Digital Library.

and () . In: 2017 Seventh International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST). IEEE. ISBN 978-1-5386-4019-7

Recent presentations

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