Dr. Brian Cutler's RESEARCH

Dr. Cutler has followed the research on interrogations and confessions since the 1980s. In addition to reading and teaching about the latest research, he engaged with the research in the following ways:

  • Served as peer-reviewer for confession research manuscripts submitted to psychology journals;
  • Oversaw the peer-review process of confession research published in Law and Human Behavior during my term as Editor-in-Chief of the journal;
  • Invited, reviewed, and accepted entries on confessions, interrogations, and related research in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law;
  • Invited, reviewed and accepted chapters on confessions, interrogations, and related research for the edited volume Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research;
  • Authored articles on interrogation and confession in a psychology journal, law reviews, and trial advocacy publications; 
  • Began a research program examining the link between the interrogation of eyewitnesses and false accusations of a suspect – the article describing our first experiment was published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Consultant and Expert Witness

As a consultant and expert witness, Dr. Cutler's role is to educate the attorney, judge, and/or jury about how modern interrogation techniques (e.g., the Reid Technique) work and how the social influence processes and other psychological phenomena evoked by interrogation can increase the risk of false confession (or false accusations by eyewitnesses).  Dr. Cutler does not give opinions about the accuracy of confessions in a specific case. His opinions are limited to psychological knowledge and research, and he strives to represent the knowledge and research base with balance and accuracy.
 
Experience as Consultant/Expert Witness

Dr. Cutler has been taking interrogation and confession cases since 2013; to date and has consulted in more than 30 cases involving interrogations and the potential for false confessions or false accusations.