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.