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Addressing Cyberaggression, Cyberbullying and other Online Risks among Adolescents: Evidence-based Intervention and Prevention Strategies

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Maša Popovac
    Dr Philip Fine
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Using the findings from our pilot study that involved developing and implementing an intervention to address issues of online safety, this project involves working alongside your supervisors to further investigate the effectiveness of this intervention by measuring its impact on adolescent online risk behaviours on a larger-scale. The project will involve engagement with schools on issues of online safety, with the aim of determining the way forward in prevention and intervention strategies in this area. As part of this project you may also wish to explore the challenges schools currently face in terms of engaging with online safety issues, teacher’s self-efficacy in terms of delivering online safety prevention messages and interventions, as well as parental involvement on issues of online safety.

Cyberpsychology is a rapidly developing area of Psychology that focuses on the impact of technology on human interactions and behaviours. It explores the psychological processes, motivations, intentions, risks, opportunities and behavioural outcomes in both online and offline contexts that are associated with information and communication technologies.

The University of Buckingham is currently active on research projects covering a wide range of topics within Cyberpsychology. We collaborate on projects and activities with other universities and organisations, both in the UK and abroad.

Dr. Masa Popovac has presented world-wide on the subject of Cyberbullying, online risks and parental mediation, and, together with Dr. Philip Fine, has recently contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book: Campbell, M. & Bauman, S. (eds), Reducing cyberbullying in schools (Elsevier: USA).

You would join our research hub ’Psychology of Educational Development’ (PED) which draws together the different strands of research into developmental and educational psychology currently being undertaken at the University of Buckingham.

In terms of entry qualifications, MSc candidates normally require at least a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or an associated subject at Undergraduate level. PhD candidates normally require an MSc degree (or equivalent). Continuation on the PhD will be subject to suitable progress, assessed after one year.

Funding Notes

Candidates must be self-funded, but we are happy to work with prospective PhD students to apply for external funding. For suitable students, there may be teaching opportunities after progression is confirmed.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on a case-by-case basis up until the deadline has passed.


Applicants for this opportunity should upload a single document including a covering letter and brief CV, outlining (a) how their previous experience supports their application to pursue a PhD by research in Psychology and (b) how their experience/interests suit them for this particular study. The names of two academic referees should be included, but would only be approached in the event that the applicant was shortlisted. Please refer to the code PHD-BULLY-INTERV in your application.

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