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CINA Distinguished Speakers Series 2019: Eliciting Information: From Science to Practice with Susan Brandon
April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Susan Brandon is a Research Program Manager for the U.S. Government, specializing in science-based interview methods. She previously served as Chief for Research of the Behavioral Science Research Program at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a program officer at the National Institutes of Health, Assistant Director at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Visiting Scientist at the American Psychological Association. Before those posts, she spent 15 years as a faculty member in the Behavioral Neuroscience Division of the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Join us on Tuesday April 9th in Exploratory Hall 3301 from 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm for food, refreshments, and learning about eliciting information.
The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) was set up by the Obama Administration via Executive Order 13491 in 2009 to (1) conduct strategic-level interrogations of persons believed to have significant threat information about the U.S. and our allies, and (2) “to study and evaluate whether the interrogation practices and techniques in Army Field Manual 222.3 [currently mandated for use by all intelligence and military personnel]…provide an appropriate means of acquiring the intelligence necessary to protect the Nation, and, if warranted, to recommend any additional or different guidance for other departments or agencies…” The HIG’s Research Program, begun in 2010, resulted in numerous research reports in the open science literature, a robust training program, and the implementation of science- and rapport-based interview methods by its own teams. Those methods, and their broad applicability, will be briefly described. In addition, because the transition from science to practice was an immediate challenge for the Program, there will be a review of some of the failures and successes encountered while navigating that transition.