2020 Speaker Bios
Dr. Brian Cutler
Coral Coast Group
In 1989, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving risk factors for mistaken eyewitness identifications and mistaken eyewitness memories and has to date consulted in more than 200 cases. In 2013, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving the risk factors for false accusations and false confessions, and to date has consulted in more than 40 cases. Dr. Cutler has consulted and testified in criminal (juvenile and adult) and civil cases (human rights and accident cases), depositions, hearings regarding admissibility of expert testimony, motions to suppress eyewitness identifications and confessions, ineffectiveness of counsel hearings, post-convinction appeals, bench trials, and jury trials.
Since 1987 Dr. Cutler has held faculty and academic administrative positions at Florida International University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he is presently Professor. Since 1983, Dr. Cutler has conducted research on various forensic and social psychology topics. He has active research programs on eyewitness memory, interrogations, and police psychology, from social and cognitive psychological perspectives. Dr. Cutler has held research grants from the National Science Foundation of the United States and Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Cutler’s publications include Editor or Author of The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures, Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research, and five other books. He is also an author of more than 25 book chapters and 65 peer-reviewed articles, 25 articles in professional newsletters.
Dr. Cutler has also been fortunate to have had the following professional experiences:
Consultant/Expert Witness in more than 240 criminal and civil cases in the U.S. and Canada since 1988
19 years university leadership experience as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean at three universities
Editor-in-Chief of Law and Human Behavior, the journal of the American Psychology-Law Society
Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society, Division 41 of APA
Editor of the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Forensic Psychology
Editor of Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures (APA Press)
Editor of Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research (APA Press)
Editor of Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
Author of Evaluating Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
Author of Mistaken Eyewitness Identification (Cambridge University Press).
Author of more than 25 chapters in edited volumes and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles
Dr. Cutler has authored and edited books on forensic psychology topics, often in partnership with distinguished colleagues. He has also authored and co-authored articles for peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and trial advocacy publications. His objectives have included contributing to the scholarly knowledge about forensic psychology and facilitating translation of this knowledge into legal practice and policy.
Bryan Barlow, CFI
Training Coordinator & Instructor, Bureau of Detectives
Chicago Police Department
Bryan Barlow, CFI, joined the Chicago Police Department in 2002 and was promoted to Detective in 2008, where he conducted a wide variety of investigations around the city. Currently, Barlow serves as a training coordinator and instructor for the CPD’s Bureau of Detectives, where he has researched, written curriculum and delivered training to new officers, newly promoted detectives and in-service department members on investigatory topics such as Interviewing Victims and Witnesses, Interrogation of Suspects and Trauma-Informed Interviewing, with a focus on interviewing sexual assault victims. Barlow holds a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He will be presenting “When ‘Just the Facts’ Doesn’t Work – Trauma-Informed Interviewing” at Elite Training Days 2020. Trying to gather information from traumatized individuals can be difficult. Interviewing victims of street crime, workplace violence, someone who has been involved in a major accident or suffered a severe personal loss can often be frustrating, especially when the regular information-gathering: asking the who, what, when, where and why, doesn’t allow us to put together a complete picture. This difficulty stems from the effect traumas have on the brain of a trauma survivor. This segment will discuss how trauma affects the brain of an individual, and will discuss effective strategies to interview trauma survivors in a victim-centered, trauma-informed manner in order to obtain the best information available to aid in the conduct of investigations.
Brett Ward, CFI
Divisional Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development
Wicklander Zulawski & Associates
Brett L. Ward, CFI, Divisional Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development, is a renowned speaker for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), who has led over 850 seminars on Interview & Interrogation Techniques for private, law enforcement and government entities. Mr. Ward, also a consultant for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. has conducted hundreds of investigations throughout the United States for both the public and private sectors. Since employed with WZ, Mr. Ward is a frequently requested speaker at several national organizations’ annual meetings including the National Retail Federation (NRF), American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), Eye for Retail – Europe, and multiple Labor & Employment Conferences – HR (SHRM). Mr. Ward has extensive training in the government sector including such clients as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF&E), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) where courses were taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
Brett began his career in corporate investigations in 1988 with the former May Company – Foley’s Division. He held multiple positions throughout his tenure including Area Investigator and Corporate Investigations. Mr. Ward was promoted to Regional Investigations Director over multiple states in 1996 before accepting his position with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. in April 1998. He currently runs the Private Division for WZ, a responsibility including 240+ clients and 150+ contractual and open registration programs annually.
Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and received a BS degree in Finance – Business Administration.