Interviewing the Child who is Recanting Sexual Abuse with Dr. Thomas Lyon, J.D., Ph.D.

Training Overview

This webinar will discuss best practices for interviewing children who recant their previous disclosure of sexual abuse. The webinar will review the research on what factors influence children to recant and listen to clips of interviews in which children recant. Focus will not be on the child’s previous disclosures, what others have said to the child about their allegations and how the child feels about the changes in their life since the original disclosure.


Dr. Thomas Lyon is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair of Law and Psychology at the University of Southern Gould School of Law. His research examines the best means by which child witnesses can be questioned in order to maximize their productivity and minimize error. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Justice.