A new future for crime witness identification in older adults

Juliet is a Daphne Jackson Fellow sponsored by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) at Royal Holloway, University of London in the Department of Psychology.

Dr Juliet Holdstock

With a PhD in Psychology from the University of St Andrews, Juliet’s interests lie in human memory, cross-modal integration and attention. Having held post-doctoral and lecturing roles before her Daphne Jackson Fellowship, Juliet is returning to research after a thirteen-year career break, taken primarily to raise her two children.

Juliet’s research project is looking at eyewitness identification in older adults. The number of older witnesses to crimes is expected to increase as the population of adults over 65 years old increases, making it essential that we better understand how age affects eyewitness identification so that procedures can be adopted to ensure that older witnesses can provide as accurate evidence as possible. Juliet’s Fellowship includes her updating her technical skills, such as coding online experiments and conducting newly developed data analyses on large datasets. Juliet hopes her research will provide a strong foundation on which to build further research, such as exploring interventions to improve eyewitness identification in older adults. Prof. Laura Mickes (University of Bristol) and Prof. Polly Dalton (Royal Holloway, University of London) are supervising and supporting Juliet’s Fellowship.

After such a long time away from research, I feel very honoured to be given this incredible opportunity with a Daphne Jackson Fellowship. Everything is progressing really well so far – the support and re-training courses from the Trust have been particularly valuable. I can now see that my career path is clear again and anything is possible!


  • Fellowship started in 2019
  • Hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Fully sponsored by ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • Supervisors: Prof. Laura Mickes (University of Bristol) and Prof. Polly Dalton (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Project: The effect of verbally describing the perpetrator on the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification in young and older adults.