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Dr Marilena Kyriakidou

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology,


My research interests cover a number of areas surrounding investigative interviews of children with a particular aim to help front line investigators in their roles.


I am interested in how do research-based recommendations can form policies, how these recommendations are implemented by the police and importantly how we, as researchers can help practitioners in their roles. I have been fortunate to collaborate and provide consultancy to different police forces from different countries (e.g. Cyprus, Netherlands) as well as non-governmental organisations. During these times I have acted and contributed as a police trainer and intelligence analyst. In 2013 I have been honoured by the Chief of the Police in Cyprus regarding my contribution as a forensic analyst in the area of investigative interviews with vulnerable witnesses and/or victims. In September 2020 we had the privilege to present our research to the Westminster Legal Policy Forum. Our presentation discussed how police interviews with children can be improved through situational factors. My research interests beyond investigative interviews include: Performance crimes (which are crimes conducted with the intention to be disseminated in the media), human-robot interactions in forensic settings, violent video games, domestic violence and involuntary manslaughter due to pilot error. My research interests lately have been directed in looking at the quality of interpretation within forensic settings as well as how board games can help children prepare for their forensic interviews. All of which constitute an effort to support the justice system during the covid19 pandemic.


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

I am mainly involved in the course of MSc Psychology and MSc Developmental Psychology. For example I am the Module Leader of Forensic Psychology: The Dark Side (MSc). My teaching touches modules within the BSc Psychology course as well. I am also engaged in supervising students on their bachelor and master studies as well as on their postdoctoral research.


I am a member of the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics. One of our projects is entitled: Interpreting Children’s Voices. This was funded by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). With the completion of this project we have developed an educational video to support interviewers and interpreters in the various difficulties they encounter. Police forces and forensic interpreters’ services from three countries (Cyprus, England, Netherlands) have contributed in developing the video. You can watch our educational video here


Journal articles

Kyriakidou, M., Blades, M., Cherryman, J., Christophorou, S., & Kamperis, A. (2020). The impact of interviewer working hours on police interviews with children. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Kyriakidou, M., Blades, M., Cherryman, J., Christophorou, S., & Kamberis, A. (2020). The impact of investing in the good interviewers policy of practice (IGIpop) on police interviews with children. Police Practice and Research: an international journal.

Kyriakidou, M., Dekens, K., Coleman, C., Drabble, J., Adlard, J., & Ramdehal, A. (2019). Initial report: Forensic interviewers' and interpreters' attitudes regarding their collaboration during investigative interviews of children. Report Sheffield Hallam University.

Kyriakidou, M., Zalaf, A., Christophorou, S., Ruiz-Garcia, A., & Valanides, C. (2019). Longitudinal fluctuations of national help-seeking reports for domestic violence before, during, and after the financial crisis in Cyprus. Journal of interpersonal violence.

Kyriakidou, M., Blades, M., & Carroll, D. (2014). Inconsistent findings for the eyes closed effect in children: the implications for interviewing child witnesses. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (448).

Conference papers

Kyriakidou, M., Dekens, K., Coleman, C., Drabble, J., Ramdehal, J., & Tsaeras, A. (2019). Misinterpreted testimonies: An educational video for interviewers’ and interpreters’ collaboration when interviewing children. (abstract only). In International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Norwegian Police University, 26 June 2019 - 28 June 2019.

Other activities

Funding: The Forgotten Sexually Abuse Children during Covid-19: The distracted pathway to justice and the need to support their forensic testimonies September 2020 

Source: Research Institute Fund (SHU) 

Holders: Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou, Alex Crombie (Department of Engineering and Maths) and Matthews Sand (Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice) Interpreters in forensic interviews of children 09.11.2018 

Source: International investigative Research Group Holders: Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou and Drs. Karina Dekens from the Netherlands Police Academy Crossing the Boundaries: Domestic Violence in Norway and Cyprus 10.02.2014 

Source: Norway grants Holder(s): Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou and the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family in Cyprus Developing Robot Crime Interviewers for Children 28.02.2013 

Source: University Research Fund, Divisional Directors code 311364 Digital World Funds Award: uBase cost centre Holder(s): Prof. Tony Prescott and Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou Awards: Honoured by the Chief of the Police in Cyprus 2013 For the research consultation offered on police interviews with children

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