Dr. Anne Ward’s doctoral research focused on witness memory, credibility assessment, and psychophysiological (the interrelationship between brain signals and the body’s physical responses) and behavioral methods for detecting concealed information. Specifically, her work investigated the witness recognition of visual and auditory stimuli as an indication of memory through the evaluation of brainwaves.
Dr. Ward has extensive experience in research related to emerging security screening technologies based on psychophysiology and biometrics. She has researched malicious intent, insider threat, deception, and emotion from psychophysiological, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. Dr. Ward has attended and presented at meetings and conferences related to safety and security in the airline industry.
Dr. Ward’s undergraduate and graduate work investigated interventions for suicide, nonsuicidal self-injury, and their related clinical disorders as well as the psychophysiology of psychological disorders characterized by depression and anxiety. She is experienced in psychological assessments and interviewing techniques for evaluating statement veracity. Additionally, her work has involved exploring the link between alcohol consumption and risky behaviors.
As a forensic expert, Dr. Ward assists clients with premises liability and retail accidents. Dr. Ward has evaluated human factors involved in accident scenarios including visual and perceptual abilities; object and surface visibility and conspicuity; motivation, attention, distraction, and cognitive load; risk assessment and decision-making; memory; and movement control, reaction times, and response times.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS:
• Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition), Ph.D.: Northwestern University (2018)
• Psychology, M.A.: Boston University (2013)
• Psychology, B.S.: Florida State University (2009)