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Cyberpsychology on a World Stage

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27 March 2015

IADT Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology hosted a feast of cyberpsychology on Thursday 27 March 2015. The evening was opened by Dr Annie Doona President of IADT who welcomed our speaker and guests. This unique event was held to highlight and celebrate work in the relevant and expanding area of Cyberpsychology, in which IADT is a leader in the field.











Professor Mary Aiken’s keynote talk covered her work in applying cyberpsychology to the real world, including projects with the White House, Interpol and her work on the CBS television show CSI: Cyber.  Mary is Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber

Analytics at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability, Hawaii Pacific University, and Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre. She is the Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Centre, lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law Middlesex University, and is a graduate of the IADT MSc in Cyberpsychology. Mary’s research focuses on cyber behavioural analysis. She is currently leading an international research project in conjunction with INTERPOL, and is recognised as an expert at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour. She is one of the authors of the Irish Government Internet Content Governance report and in 2013 co-led a White House research team focused on “Tackling Technology Facilitated Human Trafficking.”   The new CBS primetime show CSI:Cyber is inspired by her work.

This was followed by three lightning talks by IADT MSc in Cyberpsychology graduates Kelly Price, Caroline Lang and Patrick Boylan. These talks gave an insight into where their research has led them since graduating, The evening concluded with the Head of Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies Dr Andrew Power launching the IADT Cyberpsychology website which showcases the ongoing cyberpsychology work and research being undertaken by staff, students and alumni of IADT.

The talk was organised by the Department of Technology and Psychology. To find out more about our work in cyberpsychology look at, and follow us on Twitter @MScCyberpsych.


Public talk by Professor Mary Aiken, Director of the RCSI Cyberpsychology Research Centre and IADT Graduate

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Professor Mary Aiken, Director of the RCSI Cyberpsychology Research Centre and a graduate of IADT’s MSc in Cyberpsychology, will give a public lecture on “Cyberpsychology on a world stage“. The event is open to all.

This will be followed by a number of short lightning talks by alumni of the MSc in Cyberpsychology about their research and work.

At this event IADT will also launch the website showcasing the ongoing research and work being done by staff and students of IADT.

The talk will be opened by IADT President Dr Annie Doona.

All are welcome – the talk is open to the public and will be particularly interesting to anyone interested in a career in Cyberpsychology or concerned with harnessing the potential of technology for business, research or social purposes.

Date: Thursday, 26th March 2015 6.30–8pm

Venue: A019, Atrium Building, IADT, Dun Laoghaire

MSc in Cyberpsychology graduate invited to present research at International Cyber Security Strategy Congress

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Ms Nicola Fortune, recent graduate of IADT’s MSc in Cyberpsychology (DL904), has been invited to present her dissertation research at the International Cyber Security Strategy Congress (ICSS2015) organised by the Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education.

The congress will be held in Leuven, Belgium on 4th and 5th February 2015. Ms Fortune’s research was supervised by Dr. Grainne Kirwan, and examined how law enforcement personnel working with distressing material online could be supported in their work.

The cross-cultural research involved the conduction of semi-structured interviews with law enforcement personnel exposed to distressing material online as part of their work. The study found that investigators exposed to such material experience stress from several sources, and that other factors such as poor management, high workloads and limited resources also play a role in the stress experienced. The research highlights the importance of providing support to reduce these stressors. It also recommends the introduction of high quality training which would facilitate positive coping strategies amongst law enforcement personnel.

Further details on the congress are available from www.icss2015.EU