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Eyewitness Memory Lab 


We are located in Greater Vancouver, Canada. The lab is based at the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University, which we respectfully acknowledge is on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Kwikwetlem Nations.


Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University

  • Research Interests: Memory, Face Recognition, Eyewitness Testimony, Legal Evidence

  • Research Support:

    • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    • Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

    • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

    • British Academy (BA)

Lab Members


Eva Ribbers, B.A., M.Sc.

PhD Student, Simon Fraser University


Eva is a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology and Law program. Her MSc research, conducted while studying in England at the University of Portsmouth, examined whether evidentiary instructions could improve mock juror assessment of feature-comparison evidence. Her current research, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), focuses on improving judicial assessment of eyewitness identification evidence.


Emma Kruisselbrink, B.Sc. (Hons), M.A.

PhD Student, Simon Fraser University

Emma is a PhD student in the experimental psychology program at SFU. She received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mount Allison University prior to joining the Eyewitness Lab in 2020. Emma completed her Master’s in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald and was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her thesis looked at the impact of viewing social media on eyewitness identifications, and she is continuing this line of research for her PhD. 


Crystal Huang, B.Sc.

M.A. Student, Simon Fraser University


Crystal is a Master's student in the Experimental Forensic Psychology Program. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. Her current research focuses on the cross-race effect (the phenomenon in which people are better at recognizing faces of their own-race compared to faces of other races) and its impact on eyewitness lineup identifications. She is interested in the under-studied lineup paradigm used in cross-race research and specifically how this effect manifests in people that live in a diverse city like Metro Vancouver. 


Camryn Yuen, B.A. (Hons)

M.A. Student, Simon Fraser University

Camryn is a Master's student in the experimental law and psychology program at SFU. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald in 2021. Camryn's current research focuses on face matching and prospective person memory in forensic contexts. Her Master's thesis will look at face matching and video identification. 

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Josh Mulingbayan

Honours Student, Simon Fraser University


Josh is an undergraduate student in his final semester at SFU and has been a research assistant for the Eyewitness Memory Lab since October 2021. He is completing his honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald, which examines whether the early presentation of expert testimony improves how jurors assess eyewitness evidence in criminal trials. He is exploring options for graduate studies in clinical or experimental forensic psychology programs.

Lab Alumni


Eva RubínováPh.D., University of Portsmouth

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Stefana JuncuPh.D., University of Portsmouth 

William CecconelloPh.D., Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grand Do Sul  ​

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