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Left to right, back row: Steve Ross, Kyle Susa, Colin Tredoux, Fernando Villanueva, Roy Malpass. Front row: Dannette DeLeon, Leilany Cuellar, Anna Munoz, Stephanie Reyna, Lisa Topp.

The Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) focuses on research in eyewitness memory, eyewitness identification, expert testimony and many aspects of face recognition. The Laboratory offers instruction and research training for both graduate and undergraduate students. Established at UTEP in 1992, the Laboratory is an outgrowth of the program of research into face recognition and eyewitness identification begun by Professor Roy S. Malpass (CV) in the late 1960s. Professor Christian A. Meissner (CV) joined the UTEP faculty and the Eyewitness Lab in 2005, and established the Investigative Interviewing Research Laboratory [http://iilab.utep.edu]. The site contains useful information for researchers, law enforcement officers and attorneys in the criminal justice system. The Laboratory provides educational and expert witness services for law enforcement and the courts.

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Information on Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups:

Malpass, R.S. (2006). A Policy Evaluation of Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 12(4), 394-418.

Malpass, R. S. (2006). Notes on the Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures. Public Interest Law
Reporter, 11(2
), p 5-47

Malpass, R.S., Zimmerman, L.A., Ross, S.J., Topp, L.D., Uribe, V., De Leon, D., Ramirez, S. Belisle, J. (2006, March). Illinois Lineup
Evaluation Project Protocol and Code Book. Appendix 16 in Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006, March). Report to the Legislature of the State
of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures
. Illinois State Police, Springfield IL.

Malpass, R.S., Zimmerman, L.A., Ross, S.J., Topp, L.D., Uribe, V., De Leon, D., Ramirez, S. Belisle, J. (2006, March). Results of the
Illinois Lineup Project. Appendix 17 in Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006, March). Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois:
The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures
. Illinois State Police, Springfield IL.

McQuiston-Surrett, D.E., Malpass, R.S., & Tredoux, C.G. (2006). Sequential vs. simultaneous lineups: A review of methods, data, and
theory. Psychology, Public Policy and Law. 12(2), 137-169.

Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006, March). Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind
Identification Procedures.
Illinois State Police, Springfield IL.

Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006, March). Appendices to the Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on
Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures.
Illinois State Police, Springfield IL.

Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006, June). Addendum to the report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on
Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures.
Illinois State Police, Springfield IL.

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On this site you can:

Read basic information on appropriate lineup construction procedure, and how to evaluate lineup fairness.

Get our Do-It-Yourself Kit for assessing the fairness of an eyewitness identification lineup.

View a series of lineups from real cases that present certain problems of fairness, both to the suspect and to the public.

Access our research bibliographies on selected topics.

See information about the members of the Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory.

Access publications of the Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory.

View faculty and grad students Curriculum Vitae, and download a ".pdf" copy.

Follow links to other important sources of information in eyewitness identification research, education and training, as well as
related criminal justice and psychology sites.

The Eyewitness Laboratory is associated with UTEP's Department of Psychology, the Legal Psychology Group and UTEP's
Criminal Justice Program. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Legal Psychology should consult the
Legal Psychology Program
webpage for further information.


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The Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at El Paso is partially supported by
the National Science Foundation (SBR-9730937). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in
this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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