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Dr Sarah Shrimpton


Sarah graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from Bath Spa University and an MSc in Forensic Art from the University of Dundee. Subsequently she has worked as a researcher at various institutions researching cranio-facial reconstruction and human face recognition in relation to the general face perception field and more specifically within forensic scenarios.

Sarah is a post-doctoral Research assistant in the Face Lab at the School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. Professor Caroline Wilkinson is Director of the Face Lab, a LJMU research group that carries out forensic/archaeological research and consultancy work including craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. Sarah's research interests mainly focus on recognition of faces from facial depictions for forensic scenarios. Her PhD research entitled, ‘Facial creation: using compositing to conceal identity’, focused on ‘composite’ faces – those faces made up of features/facial parts from other faces.


2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD Face recognition
2008, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom, MSc Forensic Art
2006, Bath Spa University, Bath, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting

Academic appointments

Research assistant, Face Lab/School of art and design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Associate staff, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2016 - present
Research Assistant, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee, 2013 - 2013
Associate Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, 2012 - 2012
Research Assistant, Buelthoff/RECCAT, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 2010 - 2010
Research Associate, Medical Imaging Centre/PSI, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, 2010 - 2011


Journal article

Shrimpton S, Daniels K, de Greef S, Tilotta F, Willems G, Vandermeulen D, Suetens P, Claes P. 2014. A spatially-dense regression study of facial form and tissue depth: Towards an interactive tool for craniofacial reconstruction FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 234 :103-110 DOI Author Url