Pamela Meyer

Pamela Meyer is an American author, certified fraud examiner, and entrepreneur. Described by Reader's Digest as "the nation's best known expert on lying," Meyer is the author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.[1][2][3] Her 2011 TED talk, "How to Spot a Liar," has exceeded 25 million views and is one of the 20 most popular TED talks of all time.[4]

Pamela Meyer
Pamela Meyer

Alma materWashington University
Harvard Business School
Claremont Graduate School
OccupationAuthor, entrepreneur, certified fraud examiner
Notable work
Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception
Spouse(s)Frederick Kempe

Meyer is the CEO of Calibrate, a company which trains financial institutions, insurance providers, law firms and human resource professionals on verbal and non-verbal cues to deception, facial micro-expression interpretation, advanced interrogation techniques and information elicitation.[1][5][6]

Early life and educationEdit

Meyer was born and raised in Washington, DC. She majored in psychology and political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and earned a master's degree in public policy as a Coro fellow at Claremont Graduate University.[7] She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986.[3][8][9][10]


Meyer's early career was focused on media. Prior to attending business school, she co-founded California Community TV Network, a non-profit focused on community action and public broadcasting in Northern California. After receiving her MBA she held senior positions at Electronic Arts, National Geographic, The Ford Foundation and Vestron. In 1995, she founded Manhattan Studios, a New-York based incubator and new media company focused on strategic investments. In 2003, she launched Simpatico Networks, an affinity-based network of websites. Partially funded by Zelnick Media, the network included and[11][12][13][14][15]

Meyer became interested in the science of deception through a workshop at a Harvard Business School reunion during which a professor detailed his findings on behaviors associated with lying. She subsequently worked with a team of researchers to survey and analyze existing research on deception from academics, experts, law enforcement, the military, espionage and psychology. Meyer also received advanced training in interrogation, microexpression analysis, statement analysis, behavior and body language interpretation, and emotion recognition.[6][16][17]

Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, based on her training and research, was published by St. Martin's Griffin in 2010. In 2013, she founded Calibrate, a deception detection and insider-threat recognition training center.[3][18]

Meyer speaks globally on deception detection, ethics, and negotiation. She has been featured on NPR, CNN, and ABC and in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post and the New York Post, among other media outlets.[19][20][21][22][23] She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Meyer and her husband, Frederick Kempe, have one daughter. They live in Washington, DC.[25]


  1. ^ a b Kelly, Maura (April 2, 2014). "How to Catch A Liar". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ Perman, Cindy (December 9, 2011). "How to Spot a Liar: A New Year's Resolution for Business". CNBC. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Carozza, Dick (May 2012). "Spotting those elusive liars". Fraud Magazine. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. ^ "The most popular talks of all time". TED. TED. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ Stock, Kyle (December 29, 2010). "Wary Investors Turn to Lie Pros". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b O'Brien, Mark (March 26, 2012). "Liespotting for insurers: An interview with Pamela Meyer". Journal of Insurance Operations. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Expert on lie detection captivates students at Collection for National Library Week". Sidwell Friends School. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  8. ^ Yoti, J. (September 27, 2010). "AN INTERVIEW WITH PAMELA MEYER (HBS'86)". The Harbus. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Alumni". Coro. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  10. ^ Raz, Guy. "Can You Learn to Spot A Liar?". NPR. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Zelnick Media News". Zelnick Media News (press release). June 28, 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  12. ^ Variety Staff (December 11, 1997). "Broadway Video tapping into tube-side". Variety. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium". Microsoft. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Company Overview of Simpatico". Bloomberg. Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  15. ^ Friedland, Lewis (July 2001). Civic Innovation in America Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal. California: University of California Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780520226371. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  16. ^ Orsini, Patricia (December 30, 2011). "Truth Be Told, There's a Business in Spotting Liars". CNBC. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Pamela Meyer Bio". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Liespotting". MacMillan (US). MacMillan. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  19. ^ Meyer, Pamela (August 26, 2010). "How to Avoid Being Lied To". Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  20. ^ Meyer, Pamela (November 14, 2011). "How to Spot A Lie". CNN. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  21. ^ "On Leadership: The Anatomy of a Lie". The Washington Post. July 15, 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  22. ^ Meyer, Pamela (April 12, 2012). "How to Spot a Liar". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  23. ^ Moore, Brian (August 2, 2010). "60 Seconds with Pamela Meyer". New York Post. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  24. ^ "Pamela Meyer (Contributions)". Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Frederick Kempe biography". Atlantic Council. Atlantic Council. Retrieved 11 August 2015.

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