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Christian Meissner

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

Christian Meissner is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Science from Florida State University (2001) and conducts empirical studies on the psychological processes underlying investigative interviews, including issues surrounding eyewitness recall and identification, deception detection, and interrogations and confessions. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and currently serves on the editorial board of several prominent academic journals. From 2010-2012, he served as Program Director of Law & Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation. In 2008, Dr. Meissner received the Saleem Shah Award for "Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law" from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. In 2011, Drs. Meissner and Lassiter were awarded the American Psychology-Law Society Book Award and the American Publisher's PROSE Award for "Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Psychology" for their edited volume, "Police Interrogations and False Confessions: Current Research, Practice, and Policy Recommendations". Most recently, Dr. Meissner received the 2013 Academic Excellence Award from the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. He is Past President of the (international) Society for Applied Research in Memory & Cognition, and has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Psychonomic Society.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University