John C. Kircher

John C. Kircher

John C. Kircher is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Utah in 1983. He has over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and technical reports in the field of psychophysiological detection of deception. He has received over $2.1 million in 26 grants and contracts to conduct research on the detection of deception from the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Secret Service, and other organizations. Dr. Kircher has published nine computer programs for processing polygraph and oculomotor data to detect deception that have been used by the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies as well as private polygraph examiners. Dr. Kircher has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Secret Service, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, National Research Council, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and numerous state and local police departments. He and his colleague Dr. David C. Raskin laid the scientific foundation for the first computerized polygraph system in 1979. They wrote the software and designed the hardware for the first computerized field polygraph in 1991. Their computerized polygraph systems currently are used 12 countries. Dr. Kircher and his colleagues also developed the ocular-motor deception test that currently is being field tested in Colombia and at Fort Meade, MD, and is scheduled for large-scale operational field tests by the federal police in Mexico City. The ocular-motor test is a novel deception detection technology that has numerous potential applications including pre-employment screening, visa screening, and periodic testing of personnel charged with national security or law enforcement.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, USA