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Drew A. Leins

Drew A. Leins

Performance Assessment Technologies

Senior Scientist

Drew is an experimental psychologist specializing in legal and cognitive psychology. He focuses on decision making in high-stakes environments and has worked with federal law enforcement and the military to conduct research on psychological issues critical to national security. He conducts research on the social-cognitive processes involved in threat detection, interview and interrogation, autobiographical memory recall, persuasion, and deception. Drew has helped develop training in threat detection for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Social Security Administration, and has examined interview and interrogation practices for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group/Federal Bureau of Investigation and for the Technical Support Working Group of the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office.

Drew holds a PhD and MS in Psychology from Florida International University, a MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and a BA in Psychology from Boston University.

Notable Publications

Leins, D. A. (2019). Using Baseline to Diagnose Internal States? Listen closely. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 16(2), 138-149.

Leins, D. A. & Zimmerman, L. A. (2019). Navigating the Interview: Judgment and decision making in investigative interviewing. In B. Schwartz, J. Dickinson, N. Schreiber Compo, R. Carol, & M. McCauley (Eds.) Evidence-Based Investigative Interviewing: Applying cognitive principles (pp. 156-176). NY: Routledge.

Leins, D. A., Zimmerman, L. A., & Polander, E. N. (2017). Observers’ real-time sensitivity to deception in naturalistic interrogations. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 1-12.

Leins, D. A., Zimmerman, L. A., & Marcon Zabecki, J. (2017). An exploration of interpreter performance in intelligence gathering interviews. Investigative Interviewing – Research and Practice, 8(1), 44-58.

Leins, D., Fisher, R., Pludwinski, L., Rivard, J., & Robertson, B. (2014). Interview protocols to facilitate detainees’ recollections of meetings with terrorists. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28(6), 926-935.

Fisher, R. P., Vrij, A., & Leins, D. (2013). Inconsistency as a predictor of memory inaccuracy and lying. In B. S. Cooper, D. Griesel, and M. Ternes (Eds.) Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment (pp. 173-189). New York: Springer.

For more information about Drew Lein’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.