Joanna Pozzulo, PhD, C. Psych.


Dr. Joanna Pozzulo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and is currently serving as the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University. Dr. Pozzulo’s research and teaching broadly falls under the domain of Forensic Psychology (borrowing from developmental, social, and cognitive psychology). Dr. Pozzulo is focused on understanding the development of face memory and the procedures that police can use to increase the reliability of face identification from lineups. Dr. Pozzulo has co-authored two textbooks in the area of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Pozzulo also is a child clinical psychologist registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Dr. Pozzulo has received a number of awards for her teaching and research. In 2009, Dr. Pozzulo along with Drs. Bennell and Forth, received the Significant Contribution Award from the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychological Association for their textbook, Forensic Psychology (Pozzulo, Bennell, & Forth, 2008, 2nd edition). In 2008, Dr. Pozzulo received the Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award. Also for her teaching, in 2003, Dr. Pozzulo received the Capital Educator’s Award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. In 2001, her work on child eyewitness memory received the President’s New Researcher Award from the Canadian Psychological Association.

Dr. Pozzulo’s research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Carleton University. Her research laboratory (The Laboratory for Child Forensic Psychology) was made possible by funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Research Fund, and Carleton University.