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Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent

I conduct research in forensic and social psychology that fits within the areas of sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation. I am interested in examining the psychological explanations for people’s attitudes and behaviours that pertain to the topics outlined below:

Online and offline harassment and sexual harassment, rape, pornography:
- I have conducted work on sexual harassment victims, coping strategies adopted by these victims, emotional impact of harassment as well as perpetration of harassing behaviours.
- I have also published work on rape myth acceptance, negative emotions (anger, fear and sadness), management of sex offenders in the community and access and exposure to pornography.
- I am currently conducting research on revenge porn as well as cyber-harassment behaviours.

Sexual and self-objectification
- I have published work on self-objectification and its effects on intentions to pursue cosmetic surgery as well as the effects of sexual objectification on rape victim blaming and perceived suffering of rape victims.

Key publications

Pina, A., Holland, J., & James, M. (2017). The malevolent side of revenge porn proclivity: Dark personality traits and sexist ideology. International Journal Of Technoethics, 8. doi:10.4018/IJT.2017010103

Page, T., Pina, A., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2015). "It was only harmless banter!" The development and preliminary validation of the moral disengagement in sexual harassment scale. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 1-48. doi:10.1002/ab.21621

Pina, A., & Gannon, T. (2012). An overview of the literature on antecedents, perceptions and behavioural consequences of sexual harassment. Journal Of Sexual Aggression, 18, 209-232. doi:10.1080/13552600.2010.501909

Pina, A., Gannon, T. A., & Saunders, B. (2009). An overview of the literature on sexual harassment: Perpetrator, theory, and treatment issues. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14, 126-138.​


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent