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Harriet Smith

Harriet Smith

Independent Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Harriet is an Independent Research Fellow in Psychology.

Career overview

Harriet took her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge. She completed the MSc Psychology conversion course at NTU, and continued on to study for her PhD.

Research areas

Harriet is currently working on a number of projects relating to identity discrimination in forensic and security settings. These projects focus on:

  • Voice parade procedures
  • Novel face matching procedures
  • Forensic voice discrimination

For recent pre-prints, please see PsyArXiv

For a full list of publications, please see Google Scholar

Recent publications include:

Smith, H. M. J., Bird, K., Roeser, J., Robson, J., Braber, N., Wright, D. & Stacey, P. C. (2019). Voice parade procedures: Optimising witness performance. Memory. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2019.1673427

Smith, H. M. J., Baguley, T., Robson, J., Dunn, A., & Stacey, P. C. (2018). Forensic voice discrimination by lay listeners: The effect of speech type and background noise on performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/acp.3478

Smith, H. M. J., Dunn, A., Baguley, T., & Stacey, P. C. (2017). Increasing the inter-stimulus interval in novel face-voice matching. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1253758

External activity

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section

Harriet has acted as a peer-reviewer for a number of journals


2016 PsyPAG Rising Researcher

Sponsors and collaborators

External collaborators:

  • Dr Heather Flowe and Dr Melissa Colloff (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Kirsty McDougall and Professor Francis Nolan (University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Josh Davis (University of Greenwich)

Harriet is a co-investigator on 'Improving voice identification procedures', a project funded by the ESRC (£700,000, PI: Dr Kirsty Mcdougall). In 2017 Harriet was awarded a £9,722 research grant from the British Academy ('Developing a procedure for eliciting accurate, detailed, and consistent forensic voice descriptions from lay witnesses')