Dr Clea Wright is a lecturer in Investigative and Forensic Psychology at the University of Chester. She holds a PhD in Psychology, and also a MSc in Psychology, from the University of Liverpool, and her work has been funded by national grant awarding bodies. She is a chartered psychologist, an associate of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, a member of the Research & Behavioural Advice Unit, Institute of Policing, at the University of Chester, and co-ordinator of the Forensic & Investigative Psychology research group at the University of Chester.

Clea’s research interests lie primarily in real world deceptive behaviour in situations where stakes are high, and her work is particularly focused on collaboration with both academic and practitioner colleagues, to produce theoretically-informed, evidence-based research that has a strongly applied focus. Clea has conducted research investigating deceptive behaviour in real life, high stakes situations, police accuracy in detecting real world deception, false confession as a special form of deception, and observer decision-making processes during credibility judgements, including the recognition of emotion.

Clea’s has published her research internationally, and presents at conferences both nationally and internationally, to academics and investigative professionals. She has also provided training in credibility assessment for a major UK police service.