CATS researcher: Ciaran Haughton

Amanda Bunn

Research Psychologist

Ciaran obtained his undergraduate Psychology degree from University College Dublin, and an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Coventry University. In addition to this he has a diploma in Journalism and completed a level 8 certificate in Cyberpsychology at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Having previously worked as a researcher at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ciaran joined the Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies (CATS) at Middlesex University in January 2017.

In his previous position at UCD he was part of two projects simultaneously in partnership with Middlesex University. He was Research Assistant on the EU Child Safety Online Project. This project was funded by the European Commission ISEC fund. He was part of a multidisciplinary team with members from across Europe such as the UK, Italy and Holland. The project seeked to draw together the evidence on online offender and victim behaviour including: online grooming possession, collection and distribution of indecent child images identification of policing and industry best practice in prevention.

The second project he worked on was ‘Youth Pathways into Cybercrime’. This was in conjunction with Europol and Middlesex University London. The research project was established to draw together existing recent evidence on online behavior and associations with criminal and antisocial behaviour amongst young people. Specifically, it was designed to explore the trajectories and pathways that lead to ‘cyber-criminality’ through a series of mixed-methodological endeavors and the integration of theoretical frameworks across criminology and psychology, including cyberpsychology and computer science.

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Publications & Working Papers

Haughton, C. (2016). EU child safety online: Developing good practice, policing and industry collaborative models in preventing online child sexual exploitation. Presented at the 2016 EuroCrim Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Munster, Germany.

Haughton, C. (2015). Cyber babies: The impact of emerging technology on the developing infant. Presented at the 2015 International Conference on Education, Psychology and Social Sciences. Taipei, Taiwan.

Haughton, C., Aiken, M., & Cheevers, C. (2015). Cyber babies The impact of emerging technology on the developing infant. Psychology Research. 5 (9), 504-518.

Aiken, M., Mc Mahon, C., Haughton, C., O’Neill, L., & O'Carroll E. (2015). A consideration of the social impact of cybercrime: Examples from hacking, piracy, and child abuse material online. Contemporary Social Science, 1-19.


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