Debra Poole, Ph.D.
Debra Poole
  • Position: Experimental Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 231, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Email: poole1da@cmich.edu

Bio:

Deb Poole received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Experimental Child Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1980. She taught for seven years at Beloit College, where she chaired the Psychology Department, before relocating to Central Michigan University in 1987.

Research Interest:

Dr. Poole is interested in the social policy implications of basic research in language and cognitive development. Her primary research program, on children's eyewitness testimony and forensic interviewing of children, has been funded by grants from The National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. In addition to conducting studies to evaluate interviewing techniques, Dr. Poole works with policy groups to draft interviewing guidelines and frequently presents to professionals in child protective services, law enforcement, and other fields

Recent Research:


Poole, D. A., Dickinson, J. J., & Brubacher, S. P. (in press). Sources of unreliable testimony from children. Roger Williams University Law Review.

Poole, D. A., Brubacher, S. P., & Dickinson, J. J. (in press). Children as witnesses. In B. L. Cutler & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology (Vol. 2). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Poole, D. A., Dickinson, J. J., Brubacher, S. P., Liberty, A. E., & Kaake, A. M. (2014). Deficient cognitive control fuels children’s exuberant false allegations. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 118, 101-109.

Poole, D. A., & Dickinson, J. J. (2013). Comfort drawing during investigative interviews: Evidence of the safety of a popular practice. Child Abuse & Neglect. Early online version.

Poole, D. A., Brubacher, S. P., & Dickinson, J. J. (in press). Children as witnesses.  In B. L. Cutler & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology (Vol. 2). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Poole, D. A., & Dickinson, J. J. (2013). Investigative interviews of children. In R. Holliday & T. Marche (Eds.), Child forensic psychology: Victim and eyewitness memory (pp. 157-178).  Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Poole, D. A., & Bruck, M. (2012). Divining testimony? The impact of interviewing props on children’s reports of touching.  Developmental Review, 32, 165-180.

Poole, D. A. (2012). What Poole and Wolfe (2009) actually said: A comment on Everson and Faller (2012).  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21, 220-224.
 
Poole, D. A., & Dickinson, J. J. (2011).  Evidence supporting restrictions on uses of body diagrams in forensic interviews.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 35, 659-669.

Poole, D. A., Bruck, M., & Pipe, M.-E. (2011). Forensic interviewing aids: Do props help children answer questions about touching? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 11-15.

London, K., Bruck, M., Poole, D. A., & Melnyk, L. (2011). The development of metasuggestibility in children. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 146-155.

Colarelli, S. M., Poole, D. A., Unterborn, K., & D'Souza, G. C. (2010). Racial prototypicality, affirmative action, and hiring decisions in a multi-racial world. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 18, 166-173.