Afroditi is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Chair of the University Harassment Contact Network. Afroditi conducts research in forensic and social psychology on the broad areas of sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation.
Online and offline harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual aggression:
Afroditi has conducted work on image-based abuse, identifying characteristics of perpetrators and impact. She has also researched sexual harassment victims, coping strategies adopted by these victims, emotional impact of harassment as well as perpetration of harassing behaviours.
She has 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.
She is currently conducting research on Image-Based Sexual Abuse as well as cyber-harassment, stalking and technology-facilitated intimate partner violence.
Sexual and self-objectification:
She has 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.
Afroditi is interested in examining the psychological explanations for people’s attitudes and behaviours that pertain to the topics of Image-Based Sexual Abuse, Technology Facilitated Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence, Cyberstalking, Online Racial and Gender Harassment and Hate Speech
Grants and Awards
|2014||Cameron, L., Pina, A., Calogero, R. & Sutton, R.|
Children's experiences of gender: Literature review and scoping study for the Office of the Children's Commissioner (May-July 2014).
"Watching me watching you" The development of a cyber-harassment proclivity scale.
University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty Small Grants Scheme (May 2014-May 2015)
|2014||Pina, A. |
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Internet Safety and Cyber-Harasssment Research.
School of Psychology Seed Fund (April 2014-April 2015)
|2013||Horvath, M., Alys, L., Massey, K., Pina, A., Scally, M. & Adler, J., |
A Rapid Evidence Assessment on the Effect that Access and Exposure
to Pornography has on Children and Young People. Office for the Children's Commissioner
OCC Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups (CSEGG)
Front-line care workers’ experiences of sexual harassment in secure units and
mental health hospitals in the South East of England.
University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty Small Grants Scheme
|2010-12||Gannon, T.A., Wood, J.L., Pina, A., & Vasquez, E.|
Ministry of Justice
Evaluation of the Mandatory Polygraph Pilot