Training Director, Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology Research, University of Liverpool

Michael Humann is the Training Director at the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology Research. He received his Bsc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology, from Teesside University, and later completed his MSc in Investigative & Forensic Psychology as well as his PhD at the University of Liverpool. His PhD thesis looked at the deliberation and implementation activity on a neurocognitive level, in relation to information processing during forced-choice decision making environments. Michael is a lecturer in the School of Psychology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and is working toward a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.

His work has focused on developing and delivering training using immersive simulated learning environments, aimed at improving critical incident decision making, as well as developing expertise in policing and emergency response. He has carried out a number of large-scale focus groups and debriefs, with emergency services, government agencies and partner organisations. Dr Humann has been the educational advisor for the Pan-European Football Policing Training Project, designing and delivering training to police forces and partners around Europe, including preparations for EURO 2012 and current Safety & Security programmes within CEPOL. His current research interests include identifying the factors that affect communication and collaboration during multi-agency incidents, how these environments affect individual decision-making processes, and how technology and the use of autonomous systems can function as decision aids during these processes. Additionally, his work also focuses on challenges around knowledge transfer and accelerating expertise, maximising the yield of learning environments and how technology can contribute to development and design.

Experience

  • –present
    Training Director, Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology Research, University of Liverpool