Events

The Science of Expertise

Summary

Forensic psychologist Dr Martire explores the disconnect between legal and scientific definitions of expertise in the context of forensic science expert evidence.

Start Date

27th Apr 2017 6:00pm

End Date

27th Apr 2017 7:00pm

Venue

Centenary Lecture Theatre, Centenary building, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

RSVP essential: tasbranch@anzfss.org. Enquiries: 6226 2328

The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Inc. (Tasmanian Branch)
and the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies present

Dr Kristy Martire

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of NSW

Cognitive scientists have been researching the attainment and development of expertise for decades. However, legal and scientific understandings of ‘expert’ performance do not closely align. Where legal conceptualisations give priority to years of experience, reputation and qualification, cognitive scientists value demonstrations of superior performance. The disconnect between legal and scientific definitions of expertise will be explored in the context of forensic science expert evidence. The central role of validation research will be emphasized and critical stance adopted by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in their 2016 report Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods will be considered.

About Kristy Martire

Dr Kristy Martire is a forensic psychologist and a former ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in Law. She is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian College of Forensic Psychologists. Her research interests include expert evidence, the development of expertise, validating forensic science evidence, and evidence evaluation and communication.