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Dr Meaghan Danby





Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45287

Research interests

Have you ever questioned whether to trust what someone was telling you? In forensic situations such as police interviews, the courtroom, or assessments for out-of-home care, what witnesses have to say can have important consequences. My research specialises in questioning techniques to help interviewers in these situations elicit plentiful and accurate accounts from witnesses. In particular, I focus on the specialist interviewing of children. I also have a keen interest in the interviewing of other vulnerable groups such as adult victims of abuse, people with a disability, and Indigenous Australians. I am passionate about student supervision and greatly enjoy supervising students in these areas.

Units taught

HPS302 Pathways Through Adulthood

HPS206 Introduction to Forensic Psychology


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The effects of episode similarity on children's reports of a repeated event

Meaghan Danby, Stefanie Sharman, Sonja Brubacher, Martine Powell

(2019), Vol. 27, pp. 561-567, Memory, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Tracking labels for occurrences of alleged child abuse from police interviews to trials

M Danby, B Earhart, S Brubacher, M Powell, J Goodman-Delahunty, N Westera

(2019), Vol. 24, pp. 41-54, Legal and criminological psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1


A systematic mapping review of the associations between pregnancy intentions and health-related lifestyle behaviours or psychological wellbeing

Briony Hill, Emily Kothe, Sinad Currie, Meaghan Danby, Adina Lang, Cate Bailey, Lisa Moran, Helena Teede, Madelon North, Lauren Bruce, Helen Skouteris

(2019), Vol. 14, Preventive medicine reports, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


A comparison of responses to substantive transition prompts in interviews with children

B Earhart, M Danby, S Brubacher, M Powell, S Sharman

(2018), pp. 1-5, Child maltreatment, London, Eng., C1


Children's reasoning about which episode of a repeated event is best remembered

M Danby, S Brubacher, S Sharman, M Powell, K Roberts

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 99-108, Applied cognitive psychology, London, Eng., C1


Differential effects of general versus cued invitations on children's reports of a repeated event episode

M Danby, S Sharman, S Brubacher, M Powell, K Roberts

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 794-811, Psychology, crime & law, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The effects of one versus two episodically oriented practice narratives on children's reports of a repeated event

M Danby, S Brubacher, S Sharman, M Powell

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 442-454, Legal and criminological psychology, London, Eng., C1


The effects of practice on children's ability to apply ground rules in a narrative interview

M Danby, S Brubacher, S Sharman, M Powell

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 446-458, Behavioral sciences and the law, Chichester, Eng., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

The Delivery and Evaluation of Child Forensic Interviewing Training for the Northern Territory Police.

Dr Meaghan Danby

  • 2019: $8,250


Associate Supervisor

Carolina Navarro Medel

Thesis entitled: An Assessment of the Applicability of an Adapted Model of Child Investigative Interviewing in Chile

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology