What the Brain Conceals, the Body Reveals

Detecting deception is a matter of strong public interest. It is the subject of numerous television programs, books and articles. Unfortunately these mediums contain many misconceptions and distortions about the art and science of lie detection. This presentation explains how to effectively and efficiently detect lies and the exercise gives you the opportunity to practice your ability to recognize Non-Verbal Deception.

Initially assigned to the Albany Resident Agency of the FBI’s Atlanta Division, Atlanta, Georgia, for five years, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Don Sheehan handled a full range of investigative responsibilities to include: fugitives, civil rights, applicants, drugs, public corruption, crimes on a government reservation, and bank fraud. He was cited for successfully investigating and ending a series of high profile bank robberies. During the next five years he worked in the Newark Division, Newark, New Jersey, primarily on public corruption matters. His additional duties included:  Undercover Coordinator, Crisis Negotiator, Police Instructor and Criminal Investigative Analyst (Profiler).

SSA Sheehan taught and performed research in Stress Management and Critical Incident Response in the Behavioral Science Unit, Training Division, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia for five years. He provided consultation to the Undercover Safeguard Unit on the psychological assessment of Undercover Agents. He ended his career in the FBI teaching Interviewing, Detection of Deception and Interrogation to New Agent Trainees and managing the FBI National Academy’s Interviewing & Interrogation Program. He wrote the Interview and Interrogation lessons used to train new Iraqi police officers.

SSA Sheehan has edited two books: Domestic Violence By Police Officers and Suicide And Law Enforcement. He sits on the Editorial Boards of two professional journals: The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Aggression and Violent Behavior, A Review Journal. SSA Sheehan had adjunct faculty status at the University of Virginia for ten years and is the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for his research on law enforcement stress. He belonged to the external Advisory Board for the Domestic Violence Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. He has appeared on CNN and has been quoted in USA Today and the New York Times regarding police stress.

Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Sheehan served on active duty as a Second Lieutenant – Major, in the United States Marine Corps. Initially, he worked as an Infantry Officer and later assumed additional duties as a Counterintelligence Officer. In these capacities, he traveled extensively including Central America, Europe and the Far East. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) with a total of 26 years of active and Reserve service. Lt. Col. Sheehan received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for exceptional service.

Born and raised in Loretto, Pennsylvania, SSA Sheehan attended Saint Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. SSA Sheehan has a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He also received a Post-Masters Advanced Professional Certificate from Catholic University and became certified as a School Psychologist. SSA Sheehan became a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. He received a second Post-Masters Advanced Professional Certificate from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia in Adult Education and Development.

SSA Sheehan served the Prince William County, VA Police Department on a volunteer basis for three years. He was an advisor to the Cold Case Squad. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Plantation, FL.

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