CSEL undertakes empirical research and aims always to publish it in the highest
quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. This means that each published paper is
reviewed by knowledgeable and experienced people in the field, who can make informed
judgements about the quality of the work.
This list is ordered by (reverse) publication date so that you can find the paper
Please use the suggested citation or another recognised protocol for
citing published work if you refer to any of these papers.
A review of adolescents' autobiographical memory as pertinent to the assessment of protection claims.
Given-Wilson, Z., Hodes, M. & Herlihy, J.
A review of adolescent autobiographical memory and the implications for assessment of
unaccompanied minors’ refugee determinations. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatryhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1359104517748697
This study demonstrates the impact of how a claimant presents his or her story on the
assessment of credibility.
Rogers, H., Fox, S. & Herlihy, J. (2015). The importance of looking credible:
the impact of the behavioural sequelae of post-traumatic stress disorder on the
credibility of asylum seekers. Psychology, Crime & Law 21(2) 139-155
This review paper is written for a legal audience, and summarises the contribution that
psychological literature is making to the asylum decision making procedure,
looking at the psychology of the claimant and also the decision maker.
Herlihy, J. & Turner, S. (2013). What do we know so far about emotion and
refugee law? Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64(1) 47–62
This paper describes a study of
how legal representatives make decisions about their asylum seeking clients' mental health.
Wilson-Shaw, L., Pistrang, N. & Herlihy, J. (2012).
Non-clinicians’ judgments about asylum seekers’ mental health: How do legal
representatives of asylum seekers decide when to request medico-legal reports?
European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 3
This paper presents the qualitative findings of our study of people's experiences of
Home Office interviews.
Bögner, D., Brewin,C. & Herlihy, J. (2010). Refugees'
Experiences of Home Office Interviews: A Qualitative Study on the Disclosure of
Sensitive Personal Information. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36(3) 519-535
This paper showed experimentally that people are more likely to give
inconsistent answers when asked about the peripheral details of traumatic
experiences (compared to central details and non-traumatic experiences).
It also showed that for people with more symptoms of PTSD, the likelihood
of inconsistencies goes up as the delay between interviews gets longer.
Herlihy, J., Scragg P, and Turner S. (2002). Discrepancies in
autobiographical memories-implications for the assessment
of asylum seekers: repeated interviews study.
British Medical Journal 324 324-7