dr. A Vredeveldt


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    Annelies Vredeveldt is an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. She graduated summa cum laude from University College Utrecht in 2007 and won the University College Alumni Association Award for social involvement and academic excellence. She obtained her Masters degree in Psychology and Law from Maastricht University in 2008, where she received the Top 3% Award. She completed her Ph.D. thesis on the effects of eye-closure on eyewitness memory at the University of York in 2011, for which she received both the American Psychology-Law Society Dissertation Award (first place) and the British Psychological Society - Social Psychology Section PhD Award.

    Vredeveldt is an expert in the area of memory in legal settings. Her research focuses mainly on eyewitness memory, investigative interviewing, police reports, cross-cultural testimony, face recognition and deception detection. She has obtained funding for her research from various sources, including an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council, a Branco Weiss Fellowship from the Society in Science in Switzerland, and grants from the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the United States and the Police and Science programme in the Netherlands. She has published about twenty peer-reviewed scientific articles, four books and six book chapters on legal psychological topics. Her work has been featured in international outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and Life Hacker, and in major Dutch news outlets such as De Volkskrant, Algemeen Dagblad, Elsevier and NOS.

    Vredeveldt regularly serves as an expert witness in criminal cases. She serves on advisory committees of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts, to establish standards and assess applications for registration as an expert witness in the field of Legal Psychology. She is also course coordinator of Project Reasonable Doubt, in which groups of students investigate the evidence in closed criminal cases.

    Website: www.annelies.vredeveldt.com


    Annelies Vredeveldt conducts research on eyewitness memory and investigative interviewing.

    One of her current projects involves the consequences of discussion between eyewitnesses about a witnessed event. Previous research shows that discussion between witnesses can have negative consequences (for example, witnesses can contaminate each other’s memory), but did not examine whether witnesses can also help each other to retrieve memories, for example through a process known as cross-cuing. Vredeveldt’s Branco Weiss Fellowship project is designed to examine the situations in which this may happen.

    Vredeveldt has recently obtained an ERC Starting Grant for research on eyewitness memory in cross-cultural contexts. She will appoint two postdocs and two PhD students to investigate this question in different contexts, from South African police interviews to Rwandan genocide cases to eyewitness experiments with asylum seekers.


    Annelies Vredeveldt coordinates the Psychology course in the Law and Society bachelor, which will run for the first time from March to May 2020. She teaches on basic concepts in psychology and applies them to the legal system, with interactive lectures and active tutorials in which the Mixed Classroom plays a crucial role.

    She also coordinates the Masters elective course Project Reasonable Doubt, which runs twice a year (start in September and January). She coordinates all supervisors and serves as a supervisor herself. She instructs and advises teams of 8-12 students investigating selected criminal cases. Past investigations have contributed to the re-opening of closed cases.

    Ancillary activities

    • Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology | Amsterdam | Directeur | 2017-01-01 - present
    • Nederlands Register Gerechtelijk Deskundigen | Utrecht | Adviseur | 2017-04-25 - present
    • Frontiers in Psychology (Forensic and Legal Psychology) | Lausanne | Review Editor | 2017-09-01 - present
    • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition | New York | Bestuurder | 2018-01-01 - present
    • Applied Cognitive Psychology | Londen | Associate Editor | 2019-08-01 - present
    • Commissie Ethiek (CERCO) | Amsterdam | Member | 2019-08-01 - present
    • Landelijke Expertisegroep Bijzondere Zedenzaken (LEBZ) | Amsterdam | Member | 2019-08-01 - present

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