Dr. Kate Houston

Department of Public Affairs and Social Research

Texas A&M International University


Texas, 78041


Email: Kate.Houston@tamiu.edu

I am an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas A&M International University.  I conduct research on human memory with a particular focus on eyewitness memory and applying psychology to counter-terrorism contexts.

On this website you will find information on my current and past research projects and downloadable versions of my publications and CV, as well as contact information.


In the wake of a report into the use of torture during the interrogation of CIA detainees, the need for research to underpin the efficacy of interrogation techniques has been highlighted.  I am very proud to be part of an internationally recognized team of researchers, funded by the High-value Detainee Interrogation Group, who have devoted the last 5 years of their research effort to investigating non-coercive, information gathering and rapport based interrogation techniques. The overall aim of the research effort is to build an interrogation program which is secured upon a foundation of empirical research.  This large research program has been mentioned by various media outlets. Here you can find a selection of links where this collaborative research effort is described:

HIG Brochure:  A document describing the findings produced by this collaborative research effort.

The Science of Interrogation Article in the Huffington Post.

Col. Steven Kleinman, a Senior Intelligence Officer, on CNN and Al Jazeera America.

Mr. Mark Fallon, Director of ClubFed, on CNN.

Disclaimer:  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these pages and documents are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government or Texas A&M International University, nor do they reflect institutional policy.

Kate Houston, PhD