Faculty Profile for Dr. Laure Brimbal

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Dr. Laure Brimbal
Assistant Professor — School of Criminal Justice & Criminology
HINE 108
phone: (512) 245-2174

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Laure Brimbal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Law from the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2016.

Dr. Brimbal's research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system, specifically policing. Her focus is on interviewing and issues such as how to build rapport to overcome resistance and how to use evidence in an interview to improve lie-detection accuracy. She has also examined broader issues of decision-making in investigations, evaluating the effectiveness of training approaches, and integrating research and practice.


Areas of Specialization:
Policing, interviewing, investigations, law enforcement communication and decision-making. Experimental and quasi-experimental methods, survey methodology.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Brimbal, L., & Luke, T. J. (2021). Deconstructing the evidence: The effects of reliability and proximity of evidence on suspect responses and counter-interrogation tactics. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
  • Brimbal, L., Meissner, C. A., Kleinman, S. M., Phillips, E. L., Atkinson, D., Dianiska, R. E., … Jones, M. S. (2020). Evaluating the benefits of a rapport-based approach to investigative interviews: A training study with law enforcement investigators. Law and Human Behavior.
  • Brimbal, L., Bradford, B., Jackson, J., Hartwig, M., & Joseph, E. (2020). On the importance of a procedurally fair organizational climate for openness to change in law enforcement. Law and Human Behavior, 44(5), 394–411.
  • Jordan, S., Brimbal, L., Wallace, D. B., Kassin, S., Hartwig, M., & Street, C. (2019). A test of the micro-expressions training tool: Does it improve lie detection? Journal Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling., 16, 222–235.
  • Brimbal, L., Dianiska, R., Swanner, J., & Meissner, C. (2019). Enhancing cooperation and disclosure by manipulating affiliation and developing rapport in investigative interviews. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 25, 107–115.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
March 1, 2022-March 31, 2022