Founding Director Professor Martine Powell has drawn on over 25 years of experience to create the Centre for Investigative Interviewing

Professor Martine Powell joined the Griffith Criminology Institute in 2018, bringing with her the Centre for Investigative Interviewing. Investigative interviewing is the process of eliciting an accurate, detailed and coherent account of an event or situation in a manner that minimises unnecessary stress or discomfort of the interviewee and assists professional decision-making.

The Centre supports one of the largest groups of investigative interviewing researchers in the world. It also provides unique training that can be adapted to any jurisdiction, and across an array of professions. The focus is to bring world-class resources to the industry doorstep, and generate research and resources that develop interviewer competency, leading to improved justice systems and fairer case outcomes.

Five key areas of research and training

The Centre supports a broad array of research, designed to inform decisions related to interview practices and training design. Our research also addresses the relationship between investigative interview quality and specific case characteristics and organisational processes. Interview processes are studied across numerous domains. These include:


We offer a range of practical, scientifically-validated interviewer training courses across a range of areas (listed below, and in more detail on our website). Individuals can enrol in our existing courses at any time, and we offer discounts for group enrolments.

  • Specialist Vulnerable Witness Forensic Interview Training
  • Effectively Questioning Children (short and long course)
  • A Cognitive Approach to Credibility Assessment Training (detecting deception)
  • Communicating with Vulnerable People in the Legal Setting
  • An Introduction to Investigative Interviewing of Adults
  • Interviewing Children in the Family Law Context

E-learning resources can be also customised to suit different organisations, legislation and contexts.

Find out more about the Centre’s research, courses and people