Brian Cutler, PhD

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Brian Cutler, PhD

Dr. Brian Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving risk factors for mistaken eyewitness identifications and mistaken eyewitness memories in 1989. To date, he has consulted in more than 200 cases. In 2013, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving the risk factors for false accusations and false confessions, and to date has consulted in more than 40 cases. Dr. Cutler has consulted and testified in criminal (juvenile and adult) and civil cases (human rights and accident cases), depositions, hearings regarding admissibility of expert testimony, motions to suppress eyewitness identifications and confessions, ineffectiveness of counsel hearings, post-convinction appeals, bench trials, and jury trials.

Since 1987 Dr. Cutler has held faculty and academic administrative positions at Florida International University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he is presently Professor. Since 1983, Dr. Cutler has conducted research on various forensic and social psychology topics. He has active research programs on eyewitness memory, interrogations, and police psychology, from social and cognitive psychological perspectives. Dr. Cutler has held research grants from the National Science Foundation of the United States and Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Cutler’s publications include Editor or Author of The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures, Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research, and five other books. He is also an author of more than 25 book chapters and 65 peer-reviewed articles, 25 articles in professional newsletters.

Dr. Cutler has also been fortunate to have had the following professional experiences:

  • Consultant/Expert Witness in more than 240 criminal and civil cases in the U.S. and Canada since 1988
  • 19 years university leadership experience as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean at three universities
  • Editor-in-Chief of Law and Human Behavior, the journal of the American Psychology-Law Society
  • Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society, Division 41 of APA
  • Editor of the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Forensic Psychology
  • Editor of Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures (APA Press)
  • Editor of Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research (APA Press)
  • Editor of Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
  • Author of Evaluating Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
  • Author of Mistaken Eyewitness Identification (Cambridge University Press).
  • Author of more than 25 chapters in edited volumes and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles

Dr. Cutler has authored and edited books on forensic psychology topics, often in partnership with distinguished colleagues. He has also authored and co-authored articles for peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and trial advocacy publications. His objectives have included contributing to the scholarly knowledge about forensic psychology and facilitating translation of this knowledge into legal practice and policy.