Stephen Porter

Stephen PorterStephen Porter received his PhD in forensic psychology at University of British Columbia and currently is a researcher and consultant in the area of psychology and law. After working as a prison psychologist, Porter spent a decade as a professor at Dalhousie University. In 2009, he transferred to UBC Okanagan, where he assumed a position as a professor of psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science & Law (CAPSL).  Porter has published numerous scholarly articles on psychopathy and violent behaviour, deception detection, and forensic aspects of memory with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a registered forensic psychologist in British Columbia, Porter is frequently consulted by Canadian courts and has been qualified as an expert witness in various areas, including “dangerousness and risk for violence” and “memory and the factors involved in credibility assessments”. He has been consulted by police in serious crime investigations and provides training in deception detection and psychopathy to law enforcement, mental health professional groups, government agencies, journalists, trial judges, and other adjudicators. He proudly hails from Deer Lake, NL.

Recent awards include an operating grant (2010-2013) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a discovery grant (2010-2015) from the Natural Sciences and Engineer Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Porter was named the 2013 UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year, an award that recognises a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during their time at the University. The Porter Lab was also awarded the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leader’s Opportunity Fund (2010). Porter is a co-author (with Lawrence Wrightsman) of the textbook Forensic Psychology: A Canadian Perspective (Thomson Nelson), second edition released in 2013.

His research is focused on diverse topics within the general field of law and psychology. Along with his students, Porter conduct research in both field and controlled (experimental) settings reflecting his observation that the most complete psychological knowledge can be generated by converging findings from controlled and naturalistic settings. His current research can be subsumed under three main headings: (1) criminal psychopathy (2) forensic aspects of memory (e.g., trauma, eyewitness memory) and (3) credibility assessment/deception detection.

Credits to Porter Forensic Psychology Lab

Published: 16 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015