Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Newcastle University

Dr Gavin Oxburgh is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University, UK, a Consultant Forensic Psychologist, and the Chair and Founding Director of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), a network of interviewing professionals developed to maintain research-based practice and practice-based research amongst academic researchers and law enforcement practitioners worldwide (

Before becoming a forensic psychologist, he was the Child Protection Training Lead for NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, and prior to this, he served with the Royal Air Force Police for 22 years, 13 years as a detective, specialising in sexual offences, specifically the interviewing of child victims and suspected offenders.

He is an Honourary Lecturer with the Norwegian Police University College (NPUC), Oslo, and continues to provide training to members of the South African Police Service on the investigative interviewing of victims and witnesses of child sexual abuse and suspected sex offenders.

In 2008, he was a specialist advisor to the Credibility Assessment Research Summit (CARS) on Educing Information from suspects, a US Government research group sponsored by the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA).


  • 2007–present
    Chair and Founding Director, International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Newcastle University


  • 2011 
    University of Portsmouth, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Portsmouth, MSc Forensic Psychology
  • 2002 
    The Open University, BSc (Hons) Psychology