Reader in Applied Forensic Psychology, Newcastle University

Dr. Gavin Oxburgh is a Reader in Applied Forensic Psychology and a member of the School Executive at Newcastle University. Oxburgh is also an Forensic Psychologist (HCPC Registered), and a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist. He is also an Expert Witness and has provided advice in legal cases in the UK and overseas.

He is the Chair and Founding Director of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). Prior to entering academia in 2006, he had a highly successful 22-year career with the Royal Air Force Police where he was a senior detective specialising in child protection and sexual offences, serving throughout the UK and across Europe.

Oxburgh is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Police University College, Oslo, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London.

More recently, he was invited by the United Nations to assist in the drafting of a new thematic report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The report addresses the need for the development of a universally applicable protocol for interrogations, investigations, and custody practices that are grounded in fundamental principles of international human rights law, and particularly the legal prohibition of torture. He has published widely in the area of investigative interviewing and communication

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Recent Publications

  • Oxburgh, G. E., Myklebust, T., Grant, T.D., & Milne, R. (Eds.) (2016). Communication in investigative and legal contexts: Integrated approaches from psychology, linguistics and law enforcement. Chichester: Wiley (ISBN: 978-1-118-76923-2).
  • Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G. E., Redlich, A., & Myklebust, T. (2016). International developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation. Volumes 1 and 2. London: Routledge.
  • Oxburgh, G. E., Fashing, I., Haworth, K., & Blair, J. P. (2016). Interviewing Suspects. In G. E. Oxburgh, T. Myklebust, T. D. Grant, & R. Milne (Eds.), Communication in investigative and legal contexts: Integrated approaches from psychology, linguistics and law enforcement (pp. 135-158). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Oxburgh, G. E., & Hynes, I. (2016). Investigative practice. In P. Radcliffe, G. Gudjonsson, A. Heaton-Armstrong, & D. Wolchover (Eds.), Witness testimony in sexual cases: Evidential, investigative and scientific perspectives (pp.221-233). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dando, C., & Oxburgh, G. E. (2016). Empathy in the field: Towards a taxonomy of empathic communication in information-gathering interviews with suspected sex offenders. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 8, 27–33.
  • Oxburgh, G. E., Ost, J., Morris, P., & Cherryman, J. (2014). The impact of question type and empathy on police interviews with suspects of homicide, filicide and child sexual abuse. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21, 904-917. First published on-line on 14 Jul 14.
  • Oxburgh, G. E., Ost, J., & Cherryman, J. (2012). Police interviews with suspected child sex offenders: Does use of empathy and question type influence the amount of investigation relevant information obtained? Psychology, Crime and Law, 18, 3-4, 259-273.


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