Julia Shaw

Julia Shaw


Neuroscience; Diversity; Psychology; Memory; Women in Science

Job Title

Scientist, author, BBC podcaster & co-founder


University College London (UCL) | Spot


United Kingdom




Dr Julia Shaw is a psychological scientist at University College London, the author of multiple best-selling books, and a BBC science communicator. She is best known for her work in the areas of false memory, bisexuality, and criminal psychology.

Speaking Topics

– Future of Memory: How technology is revolutionizing the way we remember 


– Memory Illusion and memory hacking

– Making Evil – the curious science behind cybercrime, moral blindness, and false 


– Digital Identity in the age of social media and digital ethics

– Ethical blindness: How to prevent our business structures from clouding our 

  ethical judgment 

– Criminal psychology

– Diversity and inclusion at workplace

– Upgrade your workplace culture

Expert Profile

Dr. Julia Shaw is a criminal psychologist, best known for her work in the areas of false memory, “evil”, and bisexuality.

She is currently an honorary research associate in Psychology at University College London. Before this, she worked as senior lecturer and course director for Criminology at London South Bank University from 2015-2017, lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire from 2013-2015, and before this she taught courses on Forensic Psychology in Canada at the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo.

She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2013. Before obtaining her Ph.D., she gained a B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and an M.Sc. (cum laude) from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

In 2016 she published her bestselling debut book “The Memory Illusion”, which has appeared in 20 languages. Her first book inspired the fictional German TV show “8 Zeugen” (8 witnesses) which first aired in 2021 on TVnow. The protagonist of the series, Dr Jasmin Braun, is based on Dr Shaw and is played by award-winning actress Alexandra Maria-Lara. Dr Shaw acted as consultant and writer for the show.

In 2019 she published her second international bestseller “Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side”. Related to her second book, in 2020 she launched the BBC podcast ‘Bad People‘ co-hosted by comedian Sofie Hagen, and her German AudioNow podcast “Böse” with Jazzy Gudd. She also writes regular articles on criminal psychology for the BBC and other outlets.

Dr Shaw is also passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion. In 2017 She co-founded Spot to help organizations tackle inappropriate workplace behavior. She is also part of Queer Politics at Princeton University, advocating for LGBT rights and visibility, with a focus on Bisexuality. In the summer of 2022 her third book, “Bi: The science, history, and culture of bisexuality” will be released.