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USC Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center

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Professor Tom Lyon oversees the USC Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center which focuses on the maltreatment of children and identifies ways of encouraging children to provide truthful information about abuse, with higher accuracy and reduced trauma to the child. The Lab conducts cutting-edge research on child witness testimony and is one of the only labs in the country to conduct research and forensic interviews in this field of study.

In addition to providing forensic interviews, the Mobile Center visits with hundreds of children on-site at their schools to research cognitive and motivational factors to elicit complete and accurate reporting of their experiences. Graduate students also participate in the lab, providing them with valuable training and direct experience. The lab's impact extends further with online training opportunities for forensic interviewers across the country.


Child maltreatment is widely recognized as one of the most serious threats to children's well-being. Professor Lyon has developed the Ten-Step Protocol for interviewing children, which is used widely to interview children, and has been translated into Spanish, Polish, and Russian. The protocol is a research-based, child-friendly interview structure that builds on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) protocol.

Profession Tom Lyon, the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology, brings interdisciplinary research to his work. He teaches courses in Evidence, Law and Psychology, and Child Interviewing.

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For more information about or to support The USC Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center contact Professor Tom Lyon.

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