Simon Wells

Research to Practice Fellow

Simon worked for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard), the last 20 years of which he specialised in utilising Behavioural Science to the benefit of law enforcement.

His recent work has focused on translating research into practice and assessing its validity for users. These have included the High Value Detainee Interrogation group of the United States Government, the Critical Incident Response Group Crisis Negotiation Unit and Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. Simon also provides coaching and mentoring support to members of the UK Ministry of Defence, and UK Law Enforcement.

Recent Publications

Wells, S., Taylor P., & Giebels, E. (2013). Crisis negotiation: From suicide to terrorism intervention. Eds. Olekalns, M & Adair, W Handbook of Negotiation Research. Elgar, Edwards Publishing Mel. AU.

Wells, S., (2014) Negotiating in a Terrorist Environment. In Eds. Pearce, J. Terrorism Case Studies, Wiley Oxford.

Brandon, S. E., Wells, S., & Seale, C. (2017). Science-based interviewing: Information elicitationJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 15.

Wells, ,Brandon, S. E. (2018) Interviewing in Criminal and Intelligence-Gathering Contexts: Applying Science, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.


More from Simon…

Transitions in negotiation – from crisis to success

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