Cyberpsychology is a scientific inter-disciplinary domain that focuses on the psychological phenomena which emerge as a result of the human interaction with digital technology, particularly the Internet.
Cyberpsychology Section Committee
Chair - Dr Linda KayeShow content
Dr Linda K. Kaye is a Chartered Psychologist of the BPS and is a founding member of the BPS Cyberpsychology Section.Linda is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University and specialises in areas relating to cyberpsychology and explores ways in which online settings can promote social inclusion and well-being.Her current research focuses on social identities and stereotypes in digital gaming, as well as how online behaviours relate to perceptions and processing.
Secretary - Dr Lisa OrchardShow content
Dr Lisa J. Orchard is a Graduate member of the BPS. She is a Senior Lecturer within Psychology at The University of Wolverhampton. She specialises in social cyberpsychology and specifically social media use in relation to individual differences.Her current research focuses on the role of social media within breastfeeding promotion, support, and decision-making.
Treasurer - Dr Graham ScottShow content
Dr Graham Scott is based at UWS
Co-opted member -Dr Alison Attrill-SmithShow content
Dr Alison Attrill-Smith is a founding member of the BPS Cyberpsychology Section and a Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at Wolverhampton University. Her research interests lie in online crime, self-presentation online and the role of Internet usage in regulating mood.
Committee Member - Dr Chris FullwoodShow content
Dr Chris Fullwood is a reader in Cyberpsychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton, chartered member of the BPS and coordinator of the CRUW Cyberpsychology Research Cluster. He is a founding member of the BPS Cyberpsychology section and current liaison to the BPS Research Board. His research interests chiefly focus on online impression management and he sits on the editorial board for the journal Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking. He has published extensively in the field, edited numerous textbooks, chaired international conferences and helped to develop a masters in Cyberpsychology.
Co-opted member - Dr Chris StiffShow content
Dr Chris Stiff is a lecturer in psychology in the School of Psychology at Keele University. His research interests are in the positive psychological aspects of video games and social media and VR
Committee member Dr Dawn Branley-BellShow content
Dr Dawn Branley Bell is a Chartered Psychologist of the BPS. She is a committee member of the BPS Cyberpychology Section, and was a member of the steering group involved in formation of the section. Dawn is a Research Associate in the Psychology for Communication Technology (PaCT) Lab at Northumbria University. She specialises in online behaviour, behaviour change, cybersecurity, eHealth/mHealth, and technology to promote positive behaviours and positive interventions. She is also interested in research around self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and associated online support/communication.
Committee member - Dr Helen JonesShow content
Dr Helen Jones is a Graduate Member of the BPS and currently serves on the Cyberpsychology Section committee. She is part of the editorial board for the Cyberpsychology Bulletin – the section’s new member update. She currently works as a Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is also the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Cyberpsychology degree. Her primary research interests include human aspects of cyber security, online trust, and insider threat detection.
Committee member - Prof Neil CoulsonShow content
Professor Neil S. Coulson is a Chartered Psychologist of the BPS and registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.He is a Professor of Health Psychology in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham..His programme of research focusses on the role of online peer support communities and how the support individuals living with long-term conditions.
Co-opted Member - Dr Simon BignellShow content
Dr Simon Bignell is a Chartered Psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a founding member of the BPS Cyberpsychology Section.
He has an interest in technology-enhanced learning, autism and ADHD. He teaches Cyberpsychology at undergraduate level and has conducted JISC and HEA-funded research looking at the use of online virtual worlds for learning and their use in Education for Sustainable Development.
Co-opted as Practitioner rep - Frances AckroydShow content
Frances Ackroyd is a Member of BPS CyberPsychology and Defence sections and of the Division of Occupational Psychology. She serves on the CyberPsychology committee as Practitioner Representative, linking industry, academic and government contacts together to promote and share research and best practice. With a consulting background in organisational and technology-driven change, Frances currently coaches and conducts programmes varying from performance improvement in connected, digital environments to understanding human factors risks and behaviours in cyber-security.Her research focuses on innovation, cultural and behavioural change, with particular interest in how people interact with technology in different contexts.
Co-opted as Industry Liaison rep - Dr Paul MarsdenShow content
Paul lectures in fashion psychology at UAL (University of the Arts London), with a focus on the psychology of wearable technology. He also runs digitalwellbeing.org, a site dedicated to summarising research on the impact of digital technology and AI on human wellbeing. In industry, Paul promotes the need for guidelines on the responsible use of AI and autonomous agents in connected technology and marketing.
Committee Member - Dr Masa PopavacShow content
Maša Popovac is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Buckingham. Her research focuses primarily on online risks behaviours, experiences and perceptions of young people, particularly in the context of cyberaggression and cyberbullying. She also examines parental and school mediation strategies in relation to technology use, and works with a number of schools and organisations to implement effective online safety interventions both in the UK and abroad.
Elected Member - Dr George GeorgiouShow content
Dr George Georgiou is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Hertfordshire. He specialises in the fields of cyberpsychology, cognition, & well-being. His current research in cyberpsychology focuses on the problematic usage of the internet, the impact of digital technology on cognitive function and psychological well-being, and game transfer phenomena.
Co-opted Member - Dr Darren ChadwickShow content
PsyPAG rep - Danielle PaddockShow content
I am a PhD student at York St John University and I am the PsyPAG representative for the Cyberpsychology Section. My research uses a mixed-methods approach to explore adolescents’ appearance-related interactions on social media and how these interactions impact on self-objectification, body image and general wellbeing. I look forward to representing postgraduate cyberpsychologists and I hope to provide an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for PGRs and ECRs