UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences


Dr Sherry Nakhaeizadeh

Research Fellow

35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ

Dr Sherry Nakhaeizadeh's principle research interests include the effect of cognitive bias in forensic science and criminal investigations. She is particularly interested in judgment and decision-making in forensic anthropology and the approaches of evidence analysis in forensic science. Sherry's current research looks into the use of eye-tracking technology in forensic decision-making, and how such technology could aid in an empirical approach to advancing the understanding of complex visual tasks in forensic anthropology specifically, and forensic science broadly. This project is in collaboration with Teesside University and Portsmouth University.

Sherry has presented at a number of international conferences, including the International Symposium held by the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) where she was a keynote presenter in the Anthropology and Archeology session in both 2014 and 2016.

List of publications
Morgan, R.M., Earwaker, H., Nakhaeizadeh, S. Dror, I.E., Harris A., Rando, C (2018), Interpretation of forensic evidence: decision-making under uncertainty (at every step of the forensic science process) in  Crime Science Handbook Evidence Interpretation (in press).
Nakhaeizadeh, N., Morgan, R.M., Rando, C., Dror, I.E., (2017) Cascading Bias of Initial Exposure to Information at the Crime Scene to the Subsequent Evaluation of Skeletal Remains. Journal of Forensic Science doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13569.
Dror, I.E., Morgan, R.M., Rando, C., Nakhaeizadeh, N., (2017) The bias snowball and the bias cascade effects: Two distinct biases that may impact forensic decision making have been received. Journal of Forensic Sciences doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13569
Nakhaeizadeh, S., Dror, I.E., Morgan, R.M., (2015) The Emergence of Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigations. British Journal of American Legal Studies, 4 (2) pp. 527-554
Nakhaeizadeh, S., Morgan, R.M., "Forensic Anthropology and Cognitive Bias" in Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, eds A. Jamieson and A.A. Moenssens, John Wiley: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470061589.fsa1118. Published 14th June 2015.
Nakhaeizadeh, S., Dror, I.E. & Morgan, R.M. (2014). Cognitive bias in forensic anthropology: Visual assessment of skeletal remains is susceptible to confirmation bias. Science and Justice 54 (3) pp.208
Nakhaeizadeh, S., Hanson, I., Dozzi, N. (2014) The Power of Contextual Effects in Forensic Anthropology: A Study of Biasability In the Visual Interpretations of Trauma Analysis on Skeletal Remains. Journal of Forensic science, 59 (5) pp.1177-1183.