Elizabeth Loftus is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California – Irvine. She holds faculty positions in the Department of Psychological Science, the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the School of Law.
She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. Since then, she has published over 20 books and more than 600 scientific articles. Loftus’s research has focused on the malleability of human memory. She has been recognised for her research with eight honorary doctorates and election to numerous prestigious societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is the past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association and the American Psychology-Law Society.
Loftus’s memory research has led to her being called as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases. Some of the more well-known cases include the McMartin PreSchool Molestation case, the Hillside Strangler, the Abscam cases, the Rodney King beating, the Menendez brothers, the Bosnian War trials in the Hague, the Oklahoma Bombing case, and litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Oliver North, Bill Cosby, Robert Durst, Harvey Weinstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and the Duke University Lacrosse players.
She has been profiled in Nature, The New Yorker and many publications around the world.