Lecturer in Social Psychology and Individual Differences, Staffordshire University

My main research interests lie within the area of social developmental psychology, with focus on the perceptions, responses and management of cyberbullying across teacher, parent and adolescent populations. I utilise a mixed method approach to research, providing a qualitative and quantitative exploration which offers an original insight into new perspectives on cyberbullying. The implications of my research aim to guide and direct future anti-cyberbullying initiatives within the school environment and wider setting.

I also have research interests in the areas of online safety/risks when young people use the internet, and interventions to help children feel safer when they use the internet. Further, I am engaged in research exploring bystander responses in the offline and online domain, considering how the severity of bullying and prior victimisation and perpetration can influence bystanders’ behavioural intentions.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Social Psychology and Individual Differences, Staffordshire University
  • 2016–2019
    Lecturer in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Education

  • 2020 
    Nottingham Trent University , PhD
  • 2016 
    University of Chester , MSc Family and Child Psychology
  • 2015 
    University of Chester , BSc (Hons) Psychology

Publications

  • 2020
    Factors leading to cyber victimisation, Emerging Cyber Threats and Cognitive Vulnerabilities. 1st ed
  • 2019
    How psychology became a science, Essential psychology. 3rd ed
  • 2019
    Subjective versus objective knowledge of online safety/dangers as predictors of children's perceived online safety and attitudes towards e-safety education., Journal of Children and Media
  • 2019
    “It’s so fluid, it’s developing all the time”: Pre-service teachers’ perceptions and understanding of cyberbullying in the school environment, Educational Studies
  • 2019
    Comparing early adolescents’ positive bystander responses to cyberbullying and traditional bullying: the impact of severity and gender, Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science
  • 2018
    Perceptions and responses towards cyberbullying: a systematic review of teachers in the education system, Aggression and Violent Behavior
  • 2016
    Enhancing primary school children's knowledge of online safety and risks with the CATZ Cooperative Cross-Age Teaching Intervention: results from a pilot study, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking