Dr Afroditi Pina

Reader in Forensic Psychology,
Director of Graduate Studies (Research),
University of Kent Harassment Contact Network Chair
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Dr Afroditi Pina


Afroditi is a Reader in Forensic Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies and Research. Afroditi conducts research in forensic and social psychology on the broad areas of sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation.

Research interests

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.


  • Convenor of PSYC8050: Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • PSYC8060: Psychology of Law & Justice
  • PSYC8470: Forensic Cognition: Theory, Research and Practice


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

Current students

Past 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

  • 2017-2021: Editor in Chief: Journal of Sexual Aggression
  • 2015-Present Editorial Board Member of Journal of Sexual Aggression
  • 2019-Present: Editorial Board Member of Sex Roles
  • 2019-present: Image-Based Abuse Research List member
  • 2015-present: Sexual Violence Against Students Steering Group Member
  • 2015-2017: Associate Editor of Journal of Sexual Aggression
  • 2014-present Associate Editor of Women's Studies International Forum

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