Pekka Santtila

Professor of Psychology Affiliation: Visiting
Education: M.Psych. Abo Akademi University; M.Sc. Liverpool University; PhD Abo Akademi University

Research Areas: Eyewitness Memory; Forensic Interviewing; Sexual Dysfunctions


Professor Santtila is Professor of Psychology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Professor, NYU. Previously, he was Professor of Applied Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Psychology, and Theology at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Santtila also serves as the Co-Director of the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development.

His research is focused on legal and forensic psychology with a particular interest in investigative issues and forensic sexology. His current research projects focus on improving the quality of forensic interviews with children and establishing the maximum distance and minimum lighting conditions during a crime event that allow a later correct identification by a witness. He is also interested in the effects of abuse experiences and how decisions are made in abuse investigations. Professor Santtila has provided investigative advice to the police, acted as an expert witness in numerous legal cases, and consulted child sexual abuse investigations. He is a licensed psychologist and specialist in legal psychology.  

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