Marina Rachitskiy


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Dr Rachitskiy is an accomplished academic and researcher. She has completed her BA studies in Canada, after which she moved to the UK to complete her MSc and PhD in Forensic Psychology.

She has worked in the Department of Justice Canada and volunteered at the Ottawa Distress Centre. Her BA research project has been awarded a Certificate of Academic Excellence by the Canadian Psychological Association and she has published and presented her work internationally.

Research interests

Dr Rachitskiy’s primary research interests lie within Social and Forensic Psychology, with a particular interest in behaviours that are labelled deviant by society.

Within her previous studies she worked with mainstream adolescents, exploring the factors affecting antisocial and pro-social behaviours and tendencies. Specifically, Dr Rachitskiy is interested in how the experiences of adolescents can predict antisocial behaviour and cooperation with police. In addition, she is interested in social perception of vigilante behaviour and vigilante tendencies among adolescents.

Recently, Dr Rachitskiy has also developed an interest in other behaviours commonly labelled as deviant, such as substance use, naturism, sexting, and paraphilias. Specifically, the social perception of these as deviant and the predictors and life outcomes of those engaging in these behaviours.

Professional affiliations

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Registered with Family Mediation Council
  • Member of College of Mediators

Education/Academic qualification

Forensic Psychology, PhD, The Role of Authorities in Intention to Cooperate with Authorities, University of Surrey

20 Sept 20071 Feb 2011

Award Date: 1 Feb 2011

Forensic Psychology, MSc, Exploring youth-police hostility: The role of quality of contact in intention to cooperate with police, University of Kent

16 Sept 20061 Sept 2007

Award Date: 31 Oct 2007

Psychology, BA (Hons), Trajectories to Re-offending , Carleton University

1 Sept 200120 May 2005

Award Date: 21 Jun 2005

External positions

Research Project Supervisor, University College London

1 Aug 2021 → …

Visiting Lecturer, Regent's University

1 Feb 2021 → …

Family Mediator, MRM Mediation Services

15 Jan 2021 → …