Heather's Biography


My PhD in Experimental Psychology was awarded by the University of California, San Diego. After a University of California Faculty Fellowship, I joined the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. I served as the Chair of the University Ethics Committee, my work was featured in a REF 2014 Impact Case Study, and I served as Impact Case Study Coordinator for Psychology in my role on the College Enterprise Committee. I then joined  Loughborough University as a Senior Lecturer, where I served as Deputy Associate Dean (Enterprise) in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, where I was primarily responsible for Impact Case Study development for more than 200 academic staff. 

I’m now a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, in the School of Psychology, where I conduct research and teach primarily on the Forensic Psychology Doctorate programme in the Centre for Applied Psychology. I am a Co-Director (Victims and Vulnerability) of the Centre for Crime, Justice, and Policing as well as the Applied Memory Laboratory. 


I have been awarded research grants worth over £3 million. Our research is presently sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund (ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Fund, and the AHRC), the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (with Professor Chris Meissner and Dr Melissa Colloff), the EPS and SARMAC (to my Ph.D. student Danielle Hett). Research sponsors have included the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and Alcohol Research, UK. I have authored more than 50 publications, with 39 of these being first author/last author. My work has been covered in the media, such as the Guardian, Science Daily, the BBC, Criminal Justice and Law Weekly, and in international outlets, and has had an impact on policy in the US and the UK.

I am presently on a British Academy Mid career Fellowship for the academic year 2019-2020 to study victim memory retrieval processes during police interviews.


I am Associate Editor for Applied Cognitive Psychology, a member of the Editorial Board for Psychology Public Policy and Law, and Consulting Editor for Cognitive Research in the Public Interest.


I am a member of the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review College, and also review proposals from the British Academy, the ESRC, the Canadian Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Irish Research Council, among others. 

© 2019 by  Heather D. Flowe, PhD