Dr Mary Aiken
Dr Mary Aiken is a Cyberpsychologist and honorary Professor in the Department of Law and Criminology at the University of East London. She is an academic advisor to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, a Global Fellow at the Washington DC Wilson Center, one of the leading think tanks worldwide, a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals, and has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Geary Institute for Public Policy, and as a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at AIRS, and Sensemaking Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Centre. She is former lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University, has held a Research Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and is the former Director of the Royal College of Surgeons Cyberpsychology Research Centre.
Research Interests and Projects
Dr Mary Aiken 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 behavioral 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 behavior. 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'. From 2011 to 2015 Mary conducted a multi-centre International research project investigating youth behavioural escalation online, undertaken with the cooperation of, and in conjunction with INTERPOL; the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD); the Metropolitan Police Force (MPS) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), she is a member of the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.
Inspiring Women in Leadership and Technology
Dr Mary Aiken has worked at an international board level in industry; specializing in consumer behavioral profiling, innovation and future thinking. She has an interest in human behavior impacted by technology and has published and spoken internationally on this topic. In May 2016 Mary was named as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe.
TOP FIFTY MOST INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN EUROPEAN TECH REVEALED
In 2014 Mary was inaugurated into SameShield a US organisation that highlights women's role in changing the world, and honors women’s leadership in traditionally closed professions including law enforcement, the military, diplomacy, intelligence, and private industry.
Peace, Justice and Security – The Hague Foundation
Mary is a member of the board of the Hague Justice Portal, and the Peace – as author of “The Cyber Effect” she was the lead sponsor of the first Hague Peace, Justice and Security Foundation Gala, held in the Hague on the 5th September 2016. The Foundation was established in 2016 to:
"Globally educate, promote and create awareness of the ideals of Peace, Justice and Security among all age groups and communities; and provide, in association with The Hague Justice Portal, an information hub and platform for public institutions in The Hague and other stakeholders to stimulate a more inclusive dialogue of peace, justice and security”
The Peace, Justice and Security foundation has a focus on Children and promotes safety and security, particularly in cyber contexts. On Universal Children’s Day (20th November, 2015) the foundation supported an initiative led by Dr Mary Aiken to explore amending the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to incorporate the Cyber Rights of the Child
Educating and Entertaining – CSI: CYBER
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.
Outreach and Engagement
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.
Mary is a Strategic Advisor to the Paladin Capital Group and an experienced public speaker who travels the world, reaching out and engaging with international audiences. She has an active interest in researching human behaviour impacted by technology, and has published and spoken internationally on this topic: