Dr Ruth Horry

Dr Ruth Horry

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295927

Email address

Office - 805
Eighth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a cognitive psychologist with expertise in memory and decision-making. My research focuses predominantly on the intersection between psychology and the law, with active research projects on eyewitness identification, eyewitness testimony, and jury decision-making.

The types of question my research asks include:

  • How do eyewitnesses make decisions from police lineups? And how can we improve the reliability of those decisions?
  • How can we obtain more detailed, and more accurate, accounts of a critical event from an eyewitness?
  • How do jurors evaluate defendants who present with different psychiatric, neurological, or medical conditions?

Outside of my psychology-law research, I am also involved in an ongoing project on climate change education. Finally, I have a keen interest in “meta-science” – the study of the practice of science, and try to embed Open Sciences practices into all of my research.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Eyewitness identification
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Long-term memory
  • Decision-making

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I teach Statistics to our first year undergraduates, and I teach Investigative Psychology (the psychology of police investigations) to our MSc students.

I also supervise undergraduate and MSc research projects.