Prof. Dr. Monica Whitty
Professor of Contemporary Media
Department of Media and Communication
University of Leicester
I am a cyberpsychologist. I began my career in academia in Australia, where I worked as an associate lecturer in the School of Psychology at Macquarie University (1995-1996). I then took up a tenured appointment as a senior lecturer in the School of Applied, Social and Human Sciences, at the University of Western Sydney (1998-2003). Next I decided to move to the UK and took up an appointment as a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2007 I moved to England and took up an appointment in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University and was promoted to a Reader in Psychology (2008-2010).
I recently took up a Chair in Contemporary Media here in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester.
My current research predominantly focuses on Internet relating (both the liberating and debilitating aspects). I have carried out research on the following topic areas: Online dating, cyberflirting and cybersex, Internet infidelity, Online identities, video games, online scams (e.g., romance scam), misrepresentation of the self across different modes of communication, online trust, availability of social support online, cyberstalking, Internet privacy, security and surveillance issues and cyber-ethics.