About Us

Welcome to the Applied Developmental Psychology Lab, located at Victoria University of Wellington under the leadership of Dr Deirdre Brown.

Our research examines how adults communicate with children in a number of different contexts (e.g., legal, clinical, healthcare, and education). We are interested in children’s memory and narrative development, and the ways in which their interactions with adults influence what they communicate. For example, we consider developmental and forensic issues and address questions about children’s eyewitness testimony and effective interviewing techniques for helping children describe their experiences.

We conduct lab-based studies by staging unique and interesting events at childcare centres and schools and then interviewing children to see what they remember. In conjunction with Oranga Tamariki and the New Zealand Police, we also conduct field-based studies where we examine the factors that influence interviewing practice in investigations of child maltreatment.

Our research has been supported by the Royal Society Te Apārangi – Marsden Fund. See here for our most recent success. We welcome contact from potential collaborators or student volunteers who would like to get involved in any of the above studies, or new research projects.