Some background

Mary Aiken.

Dr Mary Aiken is a CyberPsychologist and Director of the CyberPsychology Research Centre.

She is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics and serves as a faculty member at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability (AIRS) at Hawaii Pacific University.

Mary acts as Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol. Mary’s report on “The Cyberpsychology of Internet Facilitated Organised Crime” was published in the recent Europol Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report iOCTA, 2014.

Mary is a Sensemaking Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Center, a Lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex, and  a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals. In November 2015 Mary was appointed to the board of the Hague Justice Portal.

Her research focuses on virtual criminal profiling and cyber behavioural analysis, and she is currently leading an international research project in conjunction with INTERPOL and the Garda Siochana, the London Metropolitan Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Los Angeles Police Department. She is involved in a number of Forensic CyberPsychology research areas including; organised cyber crime, cyber reporting of crime, virtual behavioural profiling, cyber analytics, human trafficking & technology, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, child welfare in cyberspace, personal cyber security and safety.

Professor Wesley Rhodes and Dr Steve Chan present Mary with the IBM Network Science Research Center Sensemaking Fellowship

Dr Steve Chan and Wesley Rhodes present Mary with the IBM Network Science Research Center Sensemaking Fellowship.

Mary advises at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour, and recently co-led a White House research team focused on “Tackling Technology Facilitated Human Trafficking.” In 2013 she was appointed by the Department of Communications (Republic of Ireland) to the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group. Mary is a spokesperson and expert contributor to the European Commission’s Safer Internet Day,  and an Observer to the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.


The new CBS primetime show CSI:Cyber is inspired by Mary’s 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.


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

Prior to returning to academic life, for a number of years Mary worked at an international board level in industry; specialising in consumer behavioural profiling, innovation methodology, organisational psychology and future thinking. She has also served on the board of the Rutland addiction & rehabilitation clinic. She is an experienced public speaker with an active interest in researching human behaviour impacted by technology, and has published and spoken internationally on this topic.