Psychology Colloquium: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Contact Tracing Interviews using Psychological Science

Posted on 2/24/21 2:45 PM

Please join Jacqueline Evans and Deborah Goldfarb, Florida International University, on March 4 at 4:00 p.m. for a one-hour Zoom presentation that will describe the findings of research that has successfully tested the application of psychology to contact tracing interviews.

Contact tracing is fundamentally a memory task: Remembering all of one's close contacts over a period of several days, regardless of salience, so that they can be informed of their exposure and self-quarantine. Unfortunately, forgetting is common, and every omitted contact increases the potential spread of disease. The research literature on cognition and investigative interviewing provides a wealth of information regarding how to help people remember.

This presentation will review relevant principles of psychology as they apply to contact tracing. The utility of self-led contact tracing interviews will also be discussed.

For a Zoom invitation, please send an email to Krys Kaniasty at

About the Speakers

Jacqueline Evans conducts research on investigative interviewing in its many forms, to include interviewing cooperative witnesses, interrogating uncooperative suspects, and gathering intelligence from sources.

Deborah Goldfarb studies a number of topics at the intersection of law and developmental psychology, including legal attitudes, developmental intuitive jurisprudence, and memory in victims and eyewitnesses.

Department of Psychology