Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce that we have three distinguished keynote speakers confirmed for CYPSY22.

elaine-kasketDr. Elaine Kasket

Dr. Elaine Kasket is an HCPC-Registered Counselling Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Head of Programmes for Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University London.  Her primary research interests revolve around how digital-age technologies are affecting us all on an intrapersonal and interpersonal level, and she has focused specifically on bereavement and mourning on social networking sites.  She particularly enjoys speaking to practitioners, many of whom may not realise the extent to which technology is affecting the contemporary bereavement landscape.  She has written and spoken widely on this topic and appears at numerous events each year, promoting awareness of this area and encouraging evolution of professional practice to keep pace with changing and challenging times.


Ghosts in the Machine: How our Online Existence Changes How we Live, Die, Mourn and Remember
Using technology to connect with and to remember the dead is not a new phenomenon, but our current technological context makes our instinct to reach out to our dead loved ones easier to follow than ever before. The scope and variety of information we store in digital form, and the ease of accessing it, means that we are leaving ever-more-comprehensive digital legacies.  The voices and images of the deceased are present in society in unprecedented ways: part of the discourse, influencing our choices, available for our use.  In many ways, therefore, the digital age facilitates “continuing bonds” with the dead.  On the other hand, the involvement of multiple stakeholders – to include huge corporations that govern our data, and hence our posthumously persistent online presence – can disrupt our ability to access digital legacies, with significant consequences for bereaved people.  This keynote explores both sides of this coin, the paradoxical manner in which our online data could both facilitate and disrupt the mourning process for our loved ones after we are gone, and suggests how we might respond.


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daria-kussDr Daria Kuss

Dr Daria Kuss is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and books, and her publications include 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters, two authored books, and over 30 international conference presentations. Her significant experience and notable achievements in the area have allowed her to gain an international reputation as Internet addiction expert. She is currently a guest editor of Addictive Behaviors and the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, editorial board member of Psychopathology, Frontiers in Psychology and JMIR Serious Games. Moreover, Daria is a member of various international and national professional bodies, including Chartered Psychologist at the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the European Psychiatric Association, the Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder, the International Consortium of Mobile Phone Behavior, the International Communication Association, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. In 2015, Daria has been found to be among the Top 10 publishing academics at Nottingham Trent University, and has won the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Best Paper Award 2015 for her research on online social networking.


Internet and gaming addiction
The Internet has become a ubiquitous and integral part of our everyday routines. With its significance in all areas of life, concerns have been raised as to the negative impacts excessive use of both the Internet as well as gaming may have on individuals’ wellbeing and mental health. Research suggests that overuse of the Internet and gaming may lead to symptoms traditionally associated with substance-related addictions, such as salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse. Accordingly, the American Psychiatric Association has decided to include Internet Gaming Disorder in the appendix of the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5; 2013) as a condition that requires additional research to be included in the main manual, which would make it the only behavioural addiction other than Gambling Disorder to be included in the manual. In this talk, the current knowledge of Internet and gaming addiction will be presented drawing on the empirical evidence base present to date.


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Prof David WallProfessor David Wall

Professor David Wall is Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law, University of Leeds where he researches and teaches cybercrime, identity crime, organised crime, policing and intellectual property crime. He has published a wide range of 40+ articles and 12+ books on these subjects and also has a sustained track record of interdisciplinary funded research in these areas from the EU FP6 & FP7, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC & other funders, such as the Home Office and DSTL. He is (or has been) a member of various Governmental working groups, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Horizon Planning 2020-25, the Home Office Cybercrime Working Group (looking at issues of policy, costs and harms of crime and technology to society), and the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy.


The Gifts that Keep on Taking: Cybercrime Futures
This talk explores the impact of new technologies such as Cloud and IoT on cybercrimes and identifies the generations of cybercrime and offender behaviour and is based upon preliminary findings of my various ongoing research projects in this field. These new technologies, I will argue, contribute to some of the relatively recent hard hitting (cyber-dependent) cybercrimes such as DDoS, Data Theft and also Ransomware. Whilst much of my discussion is about the increases in the scope and scale of cybercrime, part of my research also addresses the need to understand the various pathways into cybercrime taken by offenders in terms of the development of their criminal career paths, their motivations and also the organisation of cybercrimes in order to frame interventions. This will be an overview speech which addresses the changing context in which cyber-psychology is applied, plus I hope that it will also frame many of the discussions at this conference.

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