Anita is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Bath Spa University. She is originally from Italy, where she earned her Bachelor in Psychology at the Universita’ di Palermo. After her first degree, she started to focus on Investigative and Forensic Psychology. She then decided to move to the UK where she completed her MSc and PhD in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.
Her research concerns detecting deception, trying to assess how physiological stimulation can improve the detection of concealed information. Specifically, she has investigated the validity of the polygraph (commonly known as the lie detector machine), using the technique of the Concealed Information Test (CIT). Her research has shown that it is possible to use the CIT even when trying to detect concealed information from groups of suspects.
Anita is also interested in cybercrime and the narratives of the offenders and victims. Her research tries to compare the effect of face-to-face and cyberbullying and evaluate the psychological effect of this crime.
She also has an interest in crime linkage, crime mapping and geographical profiling techniques. She has previously reviewed how geographical profiling can be applied to property crimes.
- PhD Investigative and Forensic Psychology, University of Huddersfield (UK)
- MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield (UK)
- BSc Psychology, University di Palermo (Italy).
Areas of expertise
- Forensic and Criminal Psychology
- Social Psychology.
Research and academic outputs
Fumagalli, A and Johnson, C (2020) 'The role of geography and time in property crime.' In: Burrell, A and Tonkin, M, eds. Property crime: criminological and psychological perspectives. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 95-114. ISBN 9781138632479
Halle, C, Tzani-Pepelasi, C, Pylarinou, N-R and Fumagalli, A (2020) 'The link between mental health, crime and violence.' New Ideas in Psychology, 58. e100779. ISSN 0732-118X
Tzani-Pepelasi, C, Pylarinou, N and Fumagalli, A (2019) 'School-bullying, cyber-bullying and moral foundation.' Assessment and Development Matters Journal, 11 (4). pp. 11-15. ISSN 2040-4069
Fumagalli, A, Synnott, J, Ioannou, M and Tzani-Pepelasi, C (2018) 'The use of the polygraph as post-conviction sex offenders testing.' Assessment and Development Matters Journal, 10 (1). pp. 22-25. ISSN 2040-4069
Tzani-Pepelasi, C, Ioannou, M, Synnott, J and Fumagalli, A (2017) 'Cyber-bullying and children’s unmonitored media violence exposure.' Assessment and Development Matters Journal, 9 (4). pp. 2-6. ISSN 2040-4069
Synnott, J, Ioannou, M and Fumagalli, A (2016) 'A review of the polygraph: history, current status and emerging research.' The Custodial Review, 79. pp. 22-23.