About Us

Dr Bianca Klettke, PhD

Lecturer, Deakin University, School of Psychology

Dr Bianca Klettke is an academic and leading researcher in the field of cyberpsychology, particularly technology-facilitated sexual violence. Dr Klettke’s research focuses on how to keep young people safe online, including online behaviours such as sexting and cyberbullying. Within these areas, Dr Klettke’s research has focused on identifying the risk and protective factors of these behaviours, to ensure prevention programs are evidence-based.

It is the aim of this work to inform legal bodies, policy-makers, schools, parents and guardians about how to minimise harmful online behaviours and to safeguard young people online. 

Ms Elizabeth Clancy, M Ind & Org Psych, Deakin

Research Fellow, Deakin University, School of Psychology and Psychologist

Ms Clancy is a psychologist and cyberpsychology researcher, with an interest in the wellbeing and positive development of young adults. Her PhD studies are focused on sext dissemination, including exploring motivations, associated traits and issues of consent in digital relationships, in which she has published two studies to date. She also has strong interests in cyberbullying, having developed the evaluation framework and completed the evaluation of the Cyber Cats program, along with creating an online education program for parents. An experienced program and project manager, Ms Clancy is highly experienced in program planning, program logic and evaluation for a range of family and school-based health promotion and prevention programs. She has co-supervised 4th-year students investigating sexting for four years. Ms Clancy enjoys teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, working as an academic tutor across diverse subjects including Individual and Social Psychology, Introduction to Health, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Employment and Research Methods.

Ms Dominika Howard, M.A.

Research Assistant, Teaching staff, Deakin University, School of Psychology

Dominika Howard is a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. The scope of Dominika’s research includes body image, cyberpsychology and problematic online sexual behaviour, relationships, and personality. Dominika’s doctoral research study focuses on the issue of body image and sexting among young Australian adults. Specifically, she investigates how poor body image is implicated in instances of sexting behaviours that are unwanted, coerced, or performed under pressure. Dominika is involved in international research collaborations with scholars from Europe and North America. She is an academic tutor at Deakin University and teaches several subjects including Understanding Health, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Psychology of Relationships, and Research Methods. Dominika also co-supervises students undertaking their 4th-year thesis, and is a part of the Organising Committee for the Higher Degrees by Research Conference hosted by Deakin University in 2021.

Dr David Hallford, DPsych (Clinical)

Alfred Deakin Research Fellow, Deakin University, School of Psychology and Clinical Psychologist

Dr David J. Hallford (D.Psych, Clinical) is a clinical psychologist and Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural processes that precipitate and maintain mental illness. In particular, he has an interest in past and future autobiographical thinking and its functions. He and his colleagues develop novel interventions in face-to-face and automated online formats. His work spans depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress and trauma-related disorders, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. David currently works part-time in his private practice in Melbourne, Australia where he provides psychological assessment and therapy.

Australian Partners

Dr Evita March, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Science, Psychology and Sport, Federation University, Victoria

Evita March is a senior lecturer and researcher of psychology at Federation University Australia. Evita’s research interests include interpersonal relationships, cyberpsychology and personality. In particular, Dr March is interested in how people behave online, and she has explored a range of online behaviours including cyberbullying, cyberstalking, online dating, trolling, and online intimate partner violence. Dr March believes that understanding individual differences that predict engaging in online antisocial behaviours is imperative for the development of effective interventions and prevention of cyber abuse.

International Partners

Prof Angela Crossman, PhD

Professor, Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA

Angela M. Crossman is a Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY) and a member of the Psychology & Law, Criminal Justice, and Developmental Psychology doctoral programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 2001, then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Child Development (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ).  Her research interests include the accuracy and credibility of children’s memory and testimony, the socialization and development of deception, and adolescent sexting behaviour. She is a member of the Child Maltreatment editorial board and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.    

Dr Megan Maas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University, USA

Megan Maas, PhD, is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies. Her work sits at the intersection of sexual violence prevention and sexual health promotion. She received her PhD in 2016 from The Pennsylvania State University as a pre-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association, focuses on adolescent sexual socialization, with an emphasis on the bi-directional role that social media, sexting, and online pornography play in the development of attitudes and behaviour related to sexuality and gender. 
​Born and raised in California, Dr Maas started her career as a health educator, developing a popular lecture series integrating peer-reviewed information on pornography use with sexual health and violence behaviours. For the last 10 years, she has been invited to talk on this subject for audiences of students, parents, and teachers at universities and organizations across the US.

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