A collaborative center for improving the science and practice of interrogation.

Bringing Science into the Interrogation Room

Project Aletheia is a platform aimed at bridging the gap between the science and practice of interrogation. The Project's premise is that we can mutually benefit from each other's knowledge and experience and be the change needed for systemic justice reform.


Bridging Research and Practice

Through collaboration and exchange, Project Aletheia aims to stimulate scholarship and improve practice. For those who wish to join us, one need only have an interest in interrogation and a belief in the power of collaboration.

Vision and Impact

Project Aletheia will engage in a variety of activities aimed at outreach and visibility. For example, highlighting emerging research and identifying practice that, through this research, might benefit most.

Community and Collaboration

Practitioner affiliates will be able to upload calls for research to assist in future or current endeavors. Similarly, researcher affiliates can call upon practitioners for participation in upcoming projects. Members can also engage in regular open-forum discussions and create sub-forums dedicated to the topics that interest them.

Affiliate Members

Project Aletheia will provide affiliates with a repository of knowledge relating to both science and practice. As this repository grows, it will present a potentially invaluable asset for those hoping to invest in their academic or practical growth. Moreover, the totality of affiliate contributions will provide an essential resource to the greater community, a capability matched by very few.

  • Newsletters

    Through our newsletters, affiliates will benefit from the unique knowledge and insights of leadership and advisory council members. Newsletters will also include important updates, showcase Project Aletheia outreach, community contributions, research, successes achieved through collaboration, and much more. 

  • Research

    We will provide affiliates with a curated catalog of research from academics who study the science of interrogation. This collection will be ever-growing and showcase the most important and the most up-to-date contributions to the field.

  • Events

    Possible events will include Project Aletheia-wide meetings, invited speakers, panels, book talks, and academic and practice conferences.

  • Reflections

    Affiliates can learn from and contribute valuable insights and reflections on the practice of real interrogation. These insights may highlight important issues, call out progress and achievements, or identify collaborative successes.

  • Videos

    Showcasing collaborative endeavors; training in evidence-based interrogation; examples of effective practice; past events, and more.

  • Other Resources

    Affiliate members will also have access to other resources to showcase unique insights and open up the larger communities of practice and academia to all members.


  • Maria Hartwig Ph.D

    Director & Co-Founder

    The chief leadership of Project Aletheia are co-founders and Directors Maria Hartwig, PhD, and Mark Fallon. Hartwig is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY where she has been on the faculty since 2006. Her scientific expertise is the psychology of interrogation and the related topic of the psychology of deception. She has produced research with the support of and in collaboration with various government agencies and entities, including law enforcement, the Department of Defense, and the High - Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Hartwig's work on strategic interrogation techniques are widely disseminated and are incorporated in the training programs of the HIG, within federal law enforcement training programs, and in practice on state and local levels.

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    Mark Fallon


    Mark Fallon co-founded Project Aletheia, while a visiting scholar at John Jay College. Mark is a leading expert on interrogation, criminal investigations, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism operations and has led some of the most important counterterrorism investigations in recent history (e.g., the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67), the investigation and prosecution of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, commonly known as The Blind Sheik, and the task force charged with bringing the terrorists of 9/11 to justice). Fallon's hybrid experience stems from serving as a Career Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent, a member of the Senior Executive Service within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), International Security consultant, Past-Chair of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) Research Committee, and Past-Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) IMPACT Section.

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    Braden Campbell

    Project Coordinator

    Project Coordinator Braden Campbell will facilitate the project (currently a 3rd year PhD student at the Graduate Center of CUNY, in the subprogram on psychology and law housed at John Jay College, and a primary mentee of the PI).

Advisory Counsel

The role of the Advisory Council is to support Project Aletheia in major decision-making processes, and provide general input via their vast ranging expertise.


Laurence Alison Ph.D


Steven J. Barela Ph.D


Cal Corley


Pär Anders Granhag Ph.D


Timothy Janowick


Colonel Steven M. Kleinman


Robert McFadden


Andrew Thompson


Frazier Thompson


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