Department of Psychology

Dr Katie Maras

Katie Maras

Prize FellowBSc, MSc, PhD

WH 6.16
Email: k.l.maras@bath.ac.uk

Research funding
  • 2012-2014: British Psychological Society Public Engagement Grant: Autism and the Criminal Justice System
  • 2012-2013: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: Eyewitness testimony by adults with autism spectrum disorder (Royal Holloway, University of London)

 

Membership
  • Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories (CASTL)
  • International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
  • American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)
  • South East Eyewitness Network (SEEN)
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)
  • International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

A prize fellow in psychology with particular expertise in autism and forensic psychology

Profile

I am a Prize Fellow in Psychology and a member of the CASTL (Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories) at Bath. My research interests lie within the area of cognition, currently with a particular focus on how the unique profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affect their performance and outcomes within the Criminal Justice System.

After completing a PhD at City University London in 2011 exploring eyewitness testimony by people with ASD, I was awarded a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship grant by the Economic and Social Research Council to extend this work at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Alongside other work I am currently exploring how effective current police interviewing techniques are for witnesses, victims and suspects with ASD and how these might be improved; how both people’s stereotypes of ASD and the behavioural features that are associated with the disorder affect their credibility and outcomes; as well as more generally exploring experiences of ASD within the Criminal Justice System.

Research interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Vulnerable individuals in the Criminal Justice System
  • Investigative interviewing 
  • Memory

Current projects

Publications

Book Sections

Maras, K. and Wilcock, R., 2013. Suggestibility in vulnerable groups: witnesses with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and older people. In: Ridley, A. M., Gabbert, F. and La Rooy, D. J., eds. Suggestibility in Legal Contexts. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 149-170.

Articles

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2014. Eyewitness testimony in autism spectrum disorder : a review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (11), pp. 2682-2697.

Maras, K. L., Mulcahy, S., Memon, A., Picariello, F. and Bowler, D., 2014. Forthcoming. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Self-Administered Interview© for witnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Applied Cognitive Psychology

Maras, K. L., Wimmer, M., Robinson, E. and Bowler, D., 2014. Forthcoming. Mental imagery scanning in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Maras, K. L., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D. M., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Context reinstatement effects on eyewitness memory in autism spectrum disorder. British Journal of Psychology, 103 (3), pp. 330-342.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Brief Report: Suggestibility, compliance and psychological traits in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6 (3), 1168–1175.

Maras, K. L., Gaigg, S. B. and Bowler, D. M., 2012. Memory for emotionally arousing events over time in autism spectrum disorder. Emotion, 12 (5), 1118–1128.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D. M., 2011. Brief Report: Schema consistent misinformation effects in eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (6), pp. 815-820.

Valentine, T. and Maras, K., 2011. The effect of cross-examination on the accuracy of adult eyewitness testimony. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25 (4), pp. 554-561.

Maras, K. L. and Bowler, D. M., 2010. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40 (11), pp. 1350-1360.

Conference or Workshop Items

Maras, K., Mulcahy, S., Memon, A., Picariello, F. and Bowler, D., 2013. Evaluating the effectiveness of the self administered interview for witnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: 6th Annual Conference & Masterclass of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), 2013-07-01 - 2013-07-05, Maastricht.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: SARMAC Conference X: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2013-06-27 - 2013-06-29, Rotterdam.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: International Meeting For Autism Research 2013, 2013-05-01 - 2013-05-04, San Sebastian.

Maras, K., Memon, A., Lambrechts, A. and Bowler, D., 2013. Recall of a live and personally experienced eyewitness event by adults with autism spectrum disorder. In: American Psychology-Law Society, 2013-03-07 - 2013-03-09, Portland, Oregon.

Maras, K., Wimmer, M. and Robinson, L., 2013. Young children’s mental images are pictorial and not influenced by top-down processes. In: Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, 2012-07-11 - 2012-07-13, Bristol.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2011. Context reinstatement effects on eyewitness memory in autism spectrum disorder. In: The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition biannual conference, 2011-06-27 - 2011-07-29, New York.

Maras, K., Gaigg, S. and Bowler, D., 2011. Memory for emotionally arousing events over time in autism spectrum disorder. In: 5th International Conference on Memory, 2011-07-31 - 2011-08-05, York.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2009. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: The 15th South African Psychology Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa, 2009-08-11 - 2009-08-14, Cape Town.

Maras, K. and Bowler, D., 2009. The cognitive interview for eyewitnesses with autism spectrum disorder. In: International Meeting for Autism Research 2009, 2009-05-07 - 2009-05-09, Philadelphia.

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