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Abertay academic wins prestigious Academic Excellence Award

11 June 2014

iIIRG award David La Rooy

Dr David La Rooy - Reader in Psychology here at Abertay and Leader of our Security research theme - has won the prestigious iIIRG Academic Excellence Award.

The iIIRG (International Investigative Interviewers Research Group) is a worldwide network of professionals who work with international bodies to improve investigative interviewing practice.

At its annual conference - which was this year held in Lausanne, Switzerland - the iIIRG awards those who have produced work of outstanding quality.

Previous winners of this particular award include Colonel Steven Kleinman, the former US military intelligence officer who was one of the first experienced interrogators - and the first military officer - to offer a strong public case against the use of coercive interrogation practices (such as torture) in Iraq.

Dr Fiona Gabbert - a former researcher here at Abertay, who now works at Goldsmiths College in London - has also won the award. She was recognised for her research on interviewing adult witnesses and victims of crime.

Dr La Rooy - who is an internationally recognised memory expert, expert in investigative interviewing techniques, and Chartered Psychologist - was recognised for the research he has carried out that has influenced the training of child forensic interviewers, the police, lawyers and judges around the world in how best to interview victims of child abuse.

He has worked in collaboration with many world-leading scientists and practitioners, including Professor Michael Lamb at Cambridge University.

Congratulating Dr La Rooy on his award, Andrea Cameron - Head of the School of Social and Health Sciences - said:

"It is a brilliant achievement for David to receive this level of recognition from his peers. He is certainly in prestigious company and receipt of this accolade could potentially offer further opportunities for him - as the RLINCS Theme Leader for Security - to progress Security-themed research collaborations between colleagues internal and external to Abertay."


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