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Message From Dave Zulawski, CFI

Message From Dave Zulawski, CFI

NEW SEMINAR! – The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) is proud to announce the pairing of two of our industries most influential pioneers for one new seminar.  Dr. Edward Geiselman, PHD and David Zulawski, CFI, CFE will be partnering to co-present “Cognitive Interviewing and Applied Interrogation Techniques” on November 14th and 15th, 2013 at the Double Tree hotel in Downers Grove, Illinois.  This seminar will mark the first time these two independent, internationally recognized, experts will come together to teach the proper execution and the optimal application of five interview and interrogation techniques.

Dr. Edward Geiselman, PHD is the co-creator of the Cognitive Interview Technique.  He has been a professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles for 34 years.  Since joining the faculty at UCLA Dr. Geiselman has published over 100 research papers and five books including Eyewitness Expert Testimony and Memory Enhancing Techniques for Investigative Interviewers: The Cognitive Interview. His work is a core reference for investigators in law enforcement and the private sector as well as psychology professionals.  Dr. Geiselman has trained and consulted for investigative agencies including the FBI, Homeland Security, The US State Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Singapore Police Force and Hong Kong’s Independent Commission against Corruption.  Dr. Geiselman was awarded the Mary-Ellen McCormick Award by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in 2013 for his career contributions to investigating child abuse cases.

David Zulawski, CFI, CFE co-founded Wicklander-Zulawski and Associates (WZ) in 1982 and has developed WZ into the worldwide leader in training non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques.  Mr. Zulawski has conducted over 10,000 interviews and interrogations, co-authored Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation (first and second edition), published over 150 articles and conducted over 800 presentations world wide.  In 2012 Mr. Zulawski interrogated John McCullough regarding his involvement in the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph.  The information he obtained assisted in closing the oldest cold murder case in United States history.  His extensive experience conducting interviews and partnering with leaders with law enforcement, federal agencies, human resources and loss prevention gives Mr. Zulawski a complete understanding of the challenges and opportunities investigators face across all sectors.  Mr. Zulawski was inducted into the National Retail Federation Loss Prevention ring of honor in 2008.

Dr. Geiselman’s and Mr. Zulawski’s books are two of the eight core texts utilized to create the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) Exam and Designation.  The 15 module CFI exam is designed to distinguish elite interviewers who can apply their education to conduct morally, legally and ethically acceptable interviews and interrogations across any discipline. 

The mission of the International Association of Interviewers is to provide educational, business and networking opportunities to interviewers from all disciplines.  IAI seeks to engage thought leaders to increase our members’ core interview skills by referencing the latest information from legal professionals, psychological professionals, educators and practitioners.

For more information on this seminar, IAI, or for the Certified Forensic Interviewer program please contact Jen Ziegler, Executive Coordinator, at (800) 222-7789 ext.106 or via e-mail:


***UPDATE***  Do to the success of the first program WZ and Dr. Geiselman will continue to offer the program moving forward.  To learn more about scheduling this seminar for your organization please contact Bob Brislan at 800-222-7789 x103 or