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I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Social Psychology from Loughborough University in 2008, followed by an MSc Social and Applied Psychology at the University of Kent in 2009. In 2015, I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Lincoln. My thesis focused on developing a holistic, risk-based and future focused approach to deception.

I conducted my post-doctoral research in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of Malta, working on the CITYCoP project. This research examined fear of crime, risk perception, and feelings of security and insecurity, and whether these can be measured through a smartphone application.

I joined the university as a Senior Research Associate in the School of Computing, where I worked on the cSALSA project. The focus of this research was to examine human cyber security risk across working age populations.

In August 2020 I joined the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as a Lecturer in Cybercrime.

Research Interests

The broad focus of my research is on the application of psychological approaches to defence and security across information landscapes, and social and behavioural approaches to cybercrime and cyber security. My current research interests are:

  • Risk-based approaches to strategic deception detection
  • Environmental and physiological impacts on human cyber security behaviour
  • Perceptions of security and risk amongst software developers
  • Innovative approaches to cyber deception for defence
  • Digital Footprints and emissions
  • Socio-psychological understanding of the impact of doxing

I am open to accepting PhD students in my areas of expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Psychology

Award Date: 1 Oct 2015

Master of Science, Social & Applied Psychology, University of Kent

Award Date: 1 Oct 2009

BSc (Hons), Social Psychology, Loughborough University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Research Support Officer III, University of Malta

2 Apr 201630 Sept 2018

Visiting Lecturer, University of Malta

1 Mar 20161 Sept 2019

Research Support Officer II, University of Malta

31 Oct 20151 Apr 2016


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