Professor of Psychology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Professor, NYU
Professor Santtila is Professor of Psychology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Professor, NYU. Previously, he was Professor of Applied Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland.
His research is focused on legal psychology and on human sexuality. His current legal psychological research aims at improving the quality of investigative interviews using simulated interviews with avatars. His research into human sexuality aims to understand and develop treatments for sexual dysfunctions with a particular focus on understanding how sexual arousal interplays with the feeling of disgust.
Professor Santtila has provided investigative advice to the police, acted as an expert witness in numerous legal cases and consulted child sexual abuse investigations. He is a licensed psychologist and specialist in legal psychology (Finland).
Haginoya, S., Ibe, T., Yamamoto, S., Yoshimoto, N., Mizushi, H., Santtila, P. (2023). AI Avatar Tells You What Happened: The First Test of Using AI-Operated Children in Simulated Interviews to Train Investigative Interviewers. Frontiers in Psychology: Forensic and Legal Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1133621
Kask, K., Pompedda, F., Palu, A., Schiff, K., Mägi, M.-L., & Santtila, P. (2022). Transfer of Avatar Training Effects to Investigative Field Interviews of Children Conducted by Police Officers. Frontiers in Psychology: Forensic and Legal Psychology.https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.753111
Pompedda, F., Zhang, Y., Haginoya, S., & Santtila, P. (2022). A Mega-Analysis of the Effects of Feedback on the Quality of Simulated Child Sexual Abuse Interviews with Avatars. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 37, 485–498. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09509-7
Segal, A., Pompedda, F., Haginoya, S., Kaniusonyte, G., & Santtila, P. (2022). Avatars with child sexual abuse (vs. no abuse) scenarios elicit different emotional reactions. Psychology, Crime & Law. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2022.2082422
Zhang, Y., Segal, A., Pompedda, F., Haginoya, S., & Santtila, P. (2022). Confirmation Bias in Simulated Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Interviews: Abuse Assumption Influences Interviewing and Decision-making Processes. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 27, 314-328. https://doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12213
PhD, Psychology Abo Akademi University, Finland
MSc, Investigative Psychology University of Liverpool, UK