Bethany Growns

Bethany is a cognitive psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Evidence-Based Justice Lab at the University of Exeter Law School. She has a Ph.D. and Masters in Forensic Psychology from the University of New South Wales in Australia and was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar funded by the National Science Foundation at Arizona State University in the US. She is also a registered clinical psychologist in Australia.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on how forensic science practitioners make decisions and the cognitive mechanisms that underpin their expertise. She is a collaborating member of the Evidence-Based Forensics Initiative and the Future of Forensic Science Initiative. Her work has led to several interdisciplinary projects that have fostered a research culture between the law, cognitive and forensic sciences to begin to investigate the many questions that remain unanswered in forensic science.

Select Outputs

B. Growns, J.D. Dunn, E. J. Mattijssen, A. Quigley-McBride, A. Towler (2022). “Match me if you can: Evidence for a domain-general visual comparison ability“. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 1-16.

B. Growns, E.J. Mattijssen, J.M. Salerno, N.J. Schweitzer, S.A. Cole, K. A. Martire (2022). “Finding the perfect match: Fingerprint expertise facilitates statistical learning and visual comparison decision-making.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

B. Growns, K.A. Martire (2020).” Human factors in forensic science: The cognitive mechanisms that underlie forensic feature-comparison expertise.” Forensic Science International: Synergy, 2, 148-153. DOI.

B. Growns, J. Kukucka (2021). “The prevalence effect in fingerprint identification: Match and non‐match base‐rates impact misses and false alarms.” Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35(3), 751-760. DOI.

Select Conference Appearances

B. Growns (2021). “Moving the conversation beyond bias: exploring the cognitive mechanisms underpinning forensic science expertise.” Research and Practice in Conversation: A Policing Lab Virtual Event.

Select Media Appearances

Super-matchers” radio interview with Weekends with Andrea Gibbs on ABC Radio, 13 February 2022.

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