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.