Biography

 

Megan Sim

Megan Sim

  • Alumni
  • Singapore
  • 2009 MPhil Social and Developmental Psychology
    2010 PhD Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Sidney Sussex College

I am passionate about helping children in the legal system. My PhD research examined what actually happens when juveniles are interviewed by police officers; in particular, I examined the interrogation techniques used by police officers, and the effectiveness of these techniques at eliciting different responses from the young suspects. Police interrogation tactics are a risk factor for juveniles making false confessions, and juveniles are overrepresented in the sample of proven false confessions. It is thus imperative that researchers focus the special considerations of working with children and teenagers, in order to continually evaluate policies concerning juveniles. My work contributes to the development of safe and accurate methods of interviewing juveniles to ensure that they are appropriately represented in the legal system.