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April 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mary Aiken has been inducted into Infosecurity Europe’s Hall of Fame

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Topics: Cyberpsychology, Cyberspace, Cybercrime

Expertise: Cyberpsychology, Technology, The Future of Cyberspace

Dr Mary Aiken is the world’s leading expert in Forensic Cyberpsychology which is a discipline that combines psychology, criminology, and technology to investigate the intersection where technology and human behaviour meet.

She has a Masters of Science in Cyberpsychology and a PhD in Forensic Cyberpsychology, her research interests include cyber security, cyber-reporting of crime, cyberstalking, virtual behavioural profiling, virtual research methodology, virtual reality treatment of PTSD, cyberchondria, organized cyber crime, the cyber rights of the child, and technology facilitated human trafficking.

She has advised at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour.
In 2013 she was appointed to the Irish Government Internet Content Governance Advisory Group, and co-led a White House research team as part of the Obama Administration’s initiative ‘Tech. v’s Human Trafficking’.

The CBS primetime show CSI:Cyber is inspired by Dr Mary Aikens work as a Cyberpsychologist. Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette plays a cyberpsychologist who is the head of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division on CSI: Cyber. Mary is a Producer on the show.

In 2016 Mary completed an International research project investigating youth behavioral escalation online, undertaken in conjunction with INTERPOL and a number of International police forces, she is a member of the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.

In “The Cyber Effect” her first book, Aiken has created a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet and our devices are shaping our perception of the world, development and behaviour, societal norms and values, children, safety, and security. Cyberspace is an environment full of surveillance, but who is looking out for us?

The Cyber Effect offers a fascinating and chilling look at a future we can still do something about.

Drawing on her own research and extensive experience with law enforcement, Mary Aiken covers a wide range of subjects from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting, and the acceleration of compulsive and addictive behaviours online (gaming, shopping, pornography). She examines the escalation of cyberchondria (anxiety produced by self-diagnosing online), cyber-stalking, and organised cybercrime in the Deep Web.

Aiken provides surprising statistics and incredible-but-true case studies of hidden trends that are shaping our culture and raising troubling questions about where the digital revolution is taking us.

The Cyber Effect will upend your assumptions about your online life and forever change the way you think about the technology you, your friends, and family use. Readers will gain a new understanding of the rapid change taking shape around us and come away with critical tools to become part of this very necessary conversation.

Dr Mary Aiken is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin and has served as a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at AIRS Hawaii Pacific University.  She has advised at the Geary Institute for Public Policy, and  was Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol.

She is a lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University, a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals, a Sensemaking Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Centre, and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at AIRS Hawaii Pacific University. She is a member of the Hague Justice Portal advisory board and Director of the Cyberpsychology Research Network.

In May 2016 Mary was named as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in Technology in Europe.

Her recent book, The Cyber Effect has been translated into Chinese and Japanese, widely reviewed and selected by The Times as a 2016 ‘book of the year’ in the Thought Category, and ‘best science pick’ by Nature, the preeminent scientific Journal.

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online, A ground-breaking exploration of how cyberspace is changing the way we think, feel and behave.


“Just as Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her Silent Spring, Mary Aiken delivers a deeply disturbing, utterly penetrating and urgently timely investigation into the perils of the largest unregulated social experiment of our time.”


“ Drawing on a fascinating and mind-boggling range of research and knowledge, Mary Aiken has written a great, important book that terrifies then consoles by pointing a way forward so that our experience online might not outstrip our common sense. A must-read for this moment in time.”STEVEN LEVITT, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Freakonomics

Onstage with the ‘CSI: Cyber” panel as part of the CBS US press tour, California.  (L-R, Front Row) Actors Charley Koontz, Hayley Kiyoko, Peter MacNicol, Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek and Shad Moss, (l-r back row) Producer/cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, executive producer Pam Veasey and executive producer Anthony Zuiker