B Science (Psychology), M Science (Psychology), PhD
Lecturer, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Nina specialises in the application of psychology to law. Her interests include:
- investigative interviewing (witnesses, suspects, vulnerable interviewees)
- criminal investigation and detective work
- eyewitness testimony
- the investigation and prosecution of sexual and violent offending
- investigator, lawyer and juror decision-making
- the training and development of criminal justice professionals.
- Westera, N. & Powell. M. (in press). Prosecutors’ perceptions of how to improve the quality of evidence in domestic violence cases. Policing and Society.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., & Milne, R. (in press). Want a better criminal justice response to rape? Improve police interviews with complainants and suspects. Violence Against Women.
- Cain, A., Kebbell, M.R., & Westera, N. (in press). Suspect interviewing practices in Australia and New Zealand. In D. Walsh, G.Oxburgh, A.Redlich, & T.Myklebust (Eds.), Contemporary developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation: International perspectives. Routledge.
- Westera, N., Powell, M., &Fowler, Y. (in press). Improving communication: Beyond the cognitive interview for adult eyewitnesses. In G.Oxburgh, T.Grant, T.Myklebust, & B. Milne (Eds.), Forensic Communication: Integrated Approaches from Psychology, Linguistics and Law Enforcement. Chichester: Wiley.
- Westera, N., Zajac, R., & Brown, D. (in press). Witness interviewing practices in New Zealand. In D. Walsh, G.Oxburgh, A.Redlich, & T.Myklebust (Eds.), Contemporary developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation: International perspectives. Routledge.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., Milne, R., & Green, T. (2014). The prospective detective. Policing and Society, ahead of print,1-13. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2014.942845
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., Milne, R., & Green, T. (2014). Towards a more effective detective. Policing and Society, ahead of print, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2014.912647
- Wakefield, S., Kebbell, M., Moston, S. & Westera, N., (2014). Perceptions and profiles of interviews with interpreters: A police survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Published online, DOI: 10.1177/0004865814524583
- Westera, N., & Kebbell, M. R., (2014). Investigative interviewing for suspected sex offences. In R.Bull (Ed.), Investigative Interviewing (pp. 1-18). New York: Springer.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., & Milne, R. (2013). Losing two thirds of the story: A comparison of the video recorded police interview and live evidence of rape complainants. Criminal Law Review, 4, 290-308.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., & Milne, R. (2013). It is better, but does it look better? Prosecutor perceptions of pre-recorded rape complainant testimony. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19, 595-610.
- Westera, N., & Kebbell, M., (2012). Treating memory as a crime scene: The role of psychological research in improving the quality of information from eyewitnesses. The Journal of California Law Enforcement, 46, 23-28.
- Kebbell, M. & Westera, N. (2011). Promoting pre-recorded complainant evidence in rape trials: Psychological and practice perspectives. Criminal Law Journal, 35, 376-385.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., & Milne, R. (2011). Interviewing rape complainants: Police officers’ perceptions of interview format and quality of evidence. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 917-926.
- Westera, N., Kebbell, M., & Milne, R. (2011). Interviewing witnesses: Do investigative and evidential requirements concur? British Journal of Forensic Practice, 13, 102-113.