A UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield researcher – whose current projects include an investigation of email scams – has been declared a Rising Star by a leading American academic organisation.

Dr Chris Street is a Senior Lecturer in Investigative Psychology at the University and Director of the Social Conflict Lab.  Lie detection is his key research area.

Now, the American-based Association for Psychological Science has included Dr Street in its 2019 roll call of Rising Stars, a distinction “presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research careers”.  He joins a multi-national list whose other UK representatives are two Cambridge University researchers.

Dr Street was nominated for the award by Jaume Masip, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and by Ray Bull, who is Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester.

APS judges then selected Dr Street as a Rising Star, and the announcement is made in the January 2019 edition of Observer, the Association’s newsletter.

The APS states that individuals being considered as Rising Stars will be evaluated for their promise of excellence in research based on factors including significant publications, discoveries and methodological innovations, plus work with potentially broad impact.

Dr Street is delighted by the recognition, and the prospect that it will help secure funding for new research.  One of his current projects is the academic supervision of a new two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – part-funded by Government organisation Innovate UK – that is researching the problem of email phishing.

The KTP Associate is Sathpal Panesar, who has a University of Huddersfield Master’s degree in psychology, and the project partner is the leading cyber security training company Bob’s Business.