Portrait of Dr Afroditi Pina

Dr Afroditi Pina

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Chair of the University Harassment Contact Network
Student Experience Academic Lead (PGR & PGT)
PGR Monitoring Lead


Afroditi is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Chair of the University Harassment Contact Network and Staff Equality Representative in the School of Psychology.

Research interests

Afroditi conducts research in forensic and social psychology that fits within the areas of sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation. She is 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
    Afroditi has conducted work on 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 revenge porn as well as cyber-harassment behaviours.
  • 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.


SP805 Psychology of Criminal Conduct


Current research students

1st supervisor

2nd supervisor

  • Ariel Petrakovich (Private funding): TBA
  • Anita Ruddle (School of Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistantship): The development and validation of a domestic violence proclivity scale

Recent research students

  • Dr Kayleigh Parratt (2020): Rape myths, and victim and perpetrator empathy: An analysis of situational, personal and professional characteristics on perceptions of rape within the Police Service  
  • Dr Phoebe Smith (2020): Creatively exploring the implicit component of implicit theories
  • Dr Arielle Sagrillo Scarpati (2018) (CAPES Foundation): The role of culture and morality on men’s acceptance of sexual aggression myths and perpetration of rape in Brazil and the United Kingdom
  • Dr Tom Page (2015): Sexual harassment: Investigating the role of social-cognitive mechanisms and group-based emotions


Grants and Awards

2014Cameron, 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).
2014Pina, A.
"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)
2014Pina, A. 
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Internet Safety and Cyber-Harasssment Research.
School of Psychology Seed Fund (April 2014-April 2015)
2013Horvath, 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)
2012Pina, A.
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
2010-12Gannon, T.A., Wood, J.L., Pina, A., & Vasquez, E.
Ministry of Justice
Evaluation of the Mandatory Polygraph Pilot

Professional memberships

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