Dr Kristy Martire

Dr Kristy Martire

Dr Kristy Martire

Senior Lecturer

ARC DECRA Fellow (2014-2016)
PhD & MPsychol, Forensic Psychology, University of New South Wales
BA, History & Psychology, University of Sydney

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 8563
Email: Dr Kristy Martire
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1007

Research Summary

Research Areas: Expert evidence in the criminal justice system; validation of forensic science techniques; effects of evidence expression format on decision-making and belief updating; understanding lay interpretations of legal concepts.

Current Research Projects:
Project: Understanding Uncertainty in Forensic Science and the Law
Project: Examining and Strengthening Forensic Sciences

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  • PSYC 1027: Forensic Psychology: Crime, Courts & Corrections
    PSYC 3301: Psychology & Law
  • PSYC 7401: Interventions in Forensic Psychology 2
    PSYC 7402: Applications in Forensic Psychology
    PSYC 7403: Experimental Psychology & Law


Selected Publications

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  • Martire KA;Edmond G;Navarro DJ;Newell BR, 2017, 'On the likelihood of “encapsulating all uncertainty”', Science and Justice, vol. 57, pp. 76 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.10.004
  • Courtney RJ;Clare P;Boland V;Martire KA;Bonevski B;Hall W;Siahpush M;Borland R;Doran CM;West R;Farrell M;Mattick RP, 2017, 'Predictors of retention in a randomised trial of smoking cessation in low-socioeconomic status Australian smokers', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 64, pp. 13 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.019
  • Edmond G;Towler A;Growns B;Ribeiro G;Found B;White D;Ballantyne K;Searston RA;Thompson MB;Tangen JM;Kemp RI;Martire K, 2016, 'Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners', Science and Justice, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005
  • Morrison GS;Kaye DH;Balding DJ;Taylor D;Dawid P;Aitken CG G;Gittelson S;Zadora G;Robertson B;Willis S;Pope S;Neil M;Martire KA;Hepler A;Gill RD;Jamieson A;de Zoete J;Ostrum RB;Caliebe A, 2016, 'A comment on the PCAST report: Skip the match/non-match stage', Forensic Science International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.10.018
  • Edmond G;Martire KA, 2016, 'Forensic science in criminal courts: The latest scientific insights', Australian Bar Review
  • Martire KA;Kemp RI, 2016, 'Considerations when designing human performance tests in the forensic sciences', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2016.1229815
  • Edmond G;Found B;Martire K;Ballantyne K;Hamer D;Searston R;Thompson M;Cunliffe E;Kemp R;San Roque M;Tangen J;Dioso-Villa R;Ligertwood A;Hibbert D;White D;Ribeiro G;Porter G;Towler A;Roberts A, 2016, 'Model forensic science', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 48, pp. 496 - 537, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2015.1128969
  • Watkins IJ;Martire KA, 2015, 'Generalized linear mixed models for deception research: avoiding problematic data aggregation', Psychology, Crime and Law, vol. 21, pp. 821 - 835, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2015.1054384
  • Courtney RJ;Naicker S;Shakeshaft A;Clare P;Martire KA;Mattick RP, 2015, 'Smoking cessation among low-socioeconomic status and disadvantaged population groups: A systematic review of research output', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 12, pp. 6403 - 6422, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120606403
  • Martire KA;Watkins I, 2015, 'Perception problems of the verbal scale: A reanalysis and application of a membership function approach', Science and Justice, vol. 55, pp. 264 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2015.01.002
  • Rourke P;Howard J;Martire KA, 2015, 'Legal Mandates and Perceived Coercion in Residential Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment', Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, vol. 22, pp. 756 - 768, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2014.986839
  • Courtney RJ;Bradford D;Martire KA;Bonevski B;Borland R;Doran C;Hall W;Farrell M;Siahpush M;Sanson-Fisher R;West R;Mattick RP, 2014, 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: a study protocol', Addiction (Abingdon, England), vol. 109, pp. 1602 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12669
  • Edmond G;Martire KA;Kemp RI;Hamer D;Hibbert B;Ligertwood A;Porter G;San Roque M;Searston R;Tangen J;Thompson M;White D, 2014, 'How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers', Australian Bar Review, vol. 39, pp. 174 - 197, http://mbthompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Edmond-HowToCross-ExamineForensicScientists.pdf
  • Courtney RJ;Bradford D;Martire KA;Bonevski B;Borland R;Doran C;Hall W;Farrell M;Siahpush M;Sanson-Fisher R;West R;Mattick RP, 2014, 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: A study protocol', Addiction, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12669
  • Howes LM;Martire KA;Kelty SF, 2014, 'Response to Recommendation 2 of the 2009 NAS Report—Standards for Formatting and Reporting Expert Evaluative Opinions: Where Do We Stand?', Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19409044.2014.880973
  • Martire KA;Kemp RI;Sayle M;Newell BR, 2014, 'On the interpretation of likelihood ratios in forensic science evidence: Presentation formats and the weak evidence effect', Forensic Science International, vol. 240, pp. 61 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.04.005
  • Clare P;Bradford D;Courtney RJ;Martire K;Mattick RP, 2014, 'The relationship between socioeconomic status and 'hardcore' smoking over time - greater accumulation of hardened smokers in low-SES than high-SES smokers', Tobacco Control, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051436
  • Martire KA;Kemp RI;Watkins I;Sayle MA;Newell BR, 2013, 'The expression and interpretation of uncertain forensic science evidence: Verbal equivalence, evidence strength, and the weak evidence effect', Law and Human Behavior, vol. 37, pp. 197 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000027
  • Martire KA;Kemp RI;Newell BR, 2013, 'The psychology of interpreting expert evaluative opinions', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 45, pp. 305 - 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2013.784361
  • Martire KA;Larney S, 2012, 'Increasing numbers of inmate separations from Australian prisons', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 196, pp. 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja11.11321
  • Martire KA;Kemp RI, 2011, 'Can experts help jurors to evaluate eyewitness evidence? A review of eyewitness expert effects', Legal and Criminological Psychology, vol. 16, pp. 24 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/135532509X477225
  • Martire KA;Mattick RP;Doran CM;Hall WD, 2011, 'Cigarette tax and public health: What are the implications of financially stressed smokers for the effects of price increases on smoking prevalence?', Addiction, vol. 106, pp. 622 - 630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03174.x

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Research Fellowships:

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Research Grants:

  • ARC Linkage Project (2016-2018) Improving the communication of forensic science evidence to courts. (With Prof. Gary Edmond, Prof. Richard Kemp & Dr Kaye Ballantyne)
  • ARC DECRA (2014-2016) Unravelling the golden thread: Presumption of innocence, fair trial, and lay belief change.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Australian Psychological Society

Current Research Students

  • Agnes Bali
  • Jennifer Grant
  • Stephanie Summersby
  • Bethany Growns
  • Florence Gray-Weale
  • Danielle Matsuo

Other Information



Personal Links

Evidence-Based Forensics Initiative: http://evidencedbasedforensics.com/