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Children's memory for repeated events: Can they remember one time?
This presentation will explore how to begin to narrow the gap between the level of detail forensic interviewers expect from children who report repeated abuse and the ability of children to provide such reports.

It has been estimated that at least 50% of child complainants of sexual abuse report repeated abuse. When repeated abuse is reported, professional forensic interviewers attempt to elicit as many details as possible about each alleged instance.

In this presentation, Dr. Deborah Connolly with the Children's Memory Research Lab at SFU's Department of Psychology, will discuss how the organization of memory for repeated events is different from the organization of memory for unique events. Dr. Connolly will consider conditions under which children may be able to isolate details associated with one instance and conditions under which they are unlikely to provide this level of specificity.

This webinar is the 7th in our Criminal Law Scholars Series (CLSS), which is being co-hosted by Courthouse Libraries BC and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with the Law Society of BC.

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Connolly, Simon Fraser University Department of Psychology
Moderator: Tamara Levy, KC

Dec 13, 2022 04:30 PM in Vancouver

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Deborah Connolly
Deborah A. Connolly is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. She earned a Ph.D. in 1997 and an LL.B. in 2000, both from the University of Victoria. Deb Connolly has published in the areas of children's suggestibility, children's memory for repeated events, historic child sexual abuse, and children's perceived credibility. She teaches a course to graduate and undergraduate students on forensic interviewing with children.