Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.) (2016). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. New York, NY: Routledge.

An Introduction to Cyberpsychology is the first book to provide a student-oriented introduction to this rapidly growing and increasingly studied topic. It is designed to encourage students to critically evaluate the psychology of online interactions, and to develop appropriate research methodologies to complete their own work in this field.

The book is comprised of four main sections:
An overview of cyberpsychology and online research methodologies; Social psychology in an online context; The practical applications of cyberpsychology; The psychological aspects of other technologies.


Wiederhold, B.K., Riva, G., Wiederhold, M.D., & Kirwan, G. (2016). Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2016: Virtual Reality in Health Care (Vol. 14). San Diego, CA: Interactive Media Institute.

ARCTT is a peer-reviewed all-purpose journal covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the mental health, neuroscience, and rehabilitation communities. This mission of ARCTT is to provide systematic, periodic examinations of scholarly advances in the field of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine through original investigations in the telemedicine and cybertherapy areas, novel experimental clinical studies, and critical authoritative reviews.


Power, A., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.) (2014). Cyberpsychology and New Media: A Thematic Reader. New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Cyberpsychology is the study of human interactions with the internet, mobile computing and telephony, games consoles, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and other contemporary electronic technologies. The field has grown substantially over the past few years and this book surveys how researchers are tackling the impact of new technology on human behaviour and how people interact with this technology.


Kirwan, G., & Power, A. (2013). Cybercrime: The Psychology of Online Offenders. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Despite the many advantages of computers, they have spawned a number of crimes, such as hacking and virus writing, and made other crimes more prevalent and easier to commit, including music piracy, identity theft and child sex offences. Understanding the psychology behind these crimes helps to determine what motivates and characterises offenders and how such crimes can be prevented.


Kirwan, G., & Power, A. (2012). The Psychology of Cyber Crime: Concepts and Principles. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

As more individuals own and operate Internet-enabled devices and more critical government and industrial systems rely on advanced technologies, the issue of cybercrime has become a crucial concern for both the general public and professionals alike.

The Psychology of Cyber Crime: Concepts and Principles aims to be the leading reference examining the psychology of cybercrime. This book considers many aspects of cybercrime, including research on offenders, legal issues, the impact of cybercrime on victims, punishment, and preventative measures. It is designed as a source for researchers and practitioners in the disciplines of criminology, cyberpsychology, and forensic psychology, though it is also likely to be of significant interest to many students of information technology and other related disciplines.



I am a chartered psychologist (BPS) and a lecturer, researcher and author in the area of cyberpsychology. My particular areas of interest include cybercrime, online health/support seeking, and the psychological applications of virtual reality.

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