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Dr. Sharman is a lecturer in the area of cognition in the School of Psychology. She teaches in undergraduate units and also supervises Honours, Graduate Diploma, and higher degree students. Dr. Sharman is an active researcher investigating autobiographical memory and memory errors.
Unit Chair HPS203/773 (Understanding the Mind)
Course Chair HPS650 (Graduate Diploma of Psychology)
Dr. Sharman has three main research interests in the area of memory. First, she is interested in how people can come to remember experiences that they never actually had. Second, Dr. Sharman investigates whether people can tell when someone is lying to them about past experiences. Third, she examines the impact of interviewing (e.g., by police) on people’s memories for events that they experienced or witnessed.
• 2001 Royal Society of New Zealand Travel Award
• 2002 School of Psychology PhD Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington
• 2005 Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of New South Wales
2012 International Investigative Interview Research Group
2001- Society for Research in Memory and Cognition
2001- Association for Psychological Science
- Faculty board member
- Co-ordinator of the third-year peer mentioning program in psychology at Burwood
- Professional Advisory Board, Australian False Memory Association
- Ad hoc reviewer for scientific journals (including Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Science, and Psychology, Public Policy & Law)
- Ad hoc reviewer for national and international government-funded grants
Brubacher, S., Scoboria, A., Sharman, S. J., & Powell, M. B. (2012, March). Adult witnesses’ suggestibility across various question types for present and absent details. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Puerto Rico.
Powell, M. B., & Sharman, S. J. (2012, May). Improving the quality of professionals’ contemporaneous notes taken during interviews about alleged child abuse. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Toronto.
Sharman, S. J., & Powell, M. B. (2012, May). Adult witnesses’ suggestibility across four types of leading questions. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Toronto.