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Dr Emma Short

Job: Associate Professor in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Emma is a Chartered Health Psychologist and HCPC registered as a practitioner in Health Psychology. She has conducted research in the area of cyber harassment and technology facilitated abuse since 2005, working with partners in the third sector, Higher Education, police and government bodies. She collaborates widely with stakeholders and continues to deliver training to service providers about online harms and the nature and impact of cyber harassment and stalking.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Psychological Science

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Psychology and technology. Relationship formation in social media. The impact of stalking, cyberstalking and online harms. The use of intimate images in image based sexual abuse.

Short, E, Hanney, L., Pitchford, M., Morrin, M., Barnes, J., (2021) A Single Incident of “Revenge Porn”? The Prevalence of Image Based Sexual Abuse in a Course of Conduct Amounting to Stalking and Consideration of the Harms Caused.     Entertainment law Review.  32, Issue 2.

Alhaboby, Z. A., Al-Khateeb, H. M., Barnes, J., Jahankhani, H., Pitchford, M., Conradie, L. and Short, E. (2021). Cyber-disability hate cases in the UK: The documentation by the police and potential barriers to reporting.  13th International Conference on Global Security, Safety & Sustainability, Virtual. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications, Springer.

Conradie, L.,Pitchford, M, Myers, E., Barnes, J, Short, E. (2020) Cyberharassment Awareness Course (CybAC): influences from domestic abuse perpetrator programmes literature for its design and function. International Journal of Cyber criminality.. Vol. 14 (1) : 220–235.

Brown, A., Gibson, M., Short, E. (2017) Modes of Cyberstalking and Cyberharassment: Measuring the negative effects in the lives of victims in the UK. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. Vol 15.

Short, E. Brown, A, Pitchford, M, Barnes J (2017). Revenge Porn, Findings from the Harassment and Revenge Porn (HARP) Survey – Preliminary Findings. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. Vol.15.

Worsley, J. & Short, E. Victims’ voices: Understanding the emotional impact of cyberstalking and how individuals cope with this phenomenon (2017). Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 17, 50-63

Alhaboby, Z., Barnes, J., Short. E. (2017) Cybervictimisation of People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Scope and Impact. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 

Short, E, Barnes, J. Conradie, L. Brown, A, Alhaboby, Z. Conrad, M. Pitchford, M., Dobocan, A. (2016) Cyberharassment and Cyberbullying; Individual and Institutional Perspectives.  Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. Vol 14, P.115-122

Alhaboby Z, al-Khateeb, H.M. Barnes, J. Short, E. (2016). The language is disgusting and they refer to my disability’: the cyberharassment of disabled people. Disability and Society. Published online October 5th. 

Frommholz, I. al-Khateeb, H.M.  Ghasen, Z.  Potthast, M. Stein, B. Shukla, M, Short, E. (2016) On Textual Analysis and Machine Learning for Harassment and Cyberstalking Detection, Datenbank-Spektrum  Vol 7.1-9

Alhaboby, Z, Evans, H. Barnes, J. Short, E. (2017) ‘Challenges facing online research: Experiences from research concerning cyber-victimisation of people with disabilities’. Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace11(1).

al-Khateeb, H.M. Epiphaniou, G., Alhaboby, Z. Barnes, J. Short, E. (2016), Cyberstalking: Investigating Formal Interventions and the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility. Telematics and Informatics. 

Short, E., Hart, J., Guppy, A., Barnes, J (2015) The Impact of Cyber stalking.  Studies in Media and Communication Vol.3, No.2. 23-37 

Stanley T., Barnes J., Short E. (2015) Appearance – focused internet use. Studies in Media and Communication in press Vol.3, No.2. 

Short, E. Stanley, T. Baldwin, M. and Scott, G. (2015) Behaving Badly Online: Establishing Norms of Unacceptable Behaviours. Studies in Media and Communication Vol. 2, No. 2. 

Short, E. Linford, S. Wheatcroft, J.M. and Maple, C. (2014) The Impact of Cyberstalking: The Lived Experience - A Thematic Analysis. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 199 Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 133 - 137     

Scott, G., Bruce, G., and Short, E. (2014) It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it: Language use on Facebook impacts employability but not attractiveness.  Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Maple, C., Short, E., Brown A., Bryden C., and Salter M. (2012) Cyberstalking in the UK: Analysis and Recommendations.  International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST) Volume 3, Issue 4. 

Short, E. and McMurray, I. (2009) ‘Mobile Phone Harassment: An Exploration of Students’ Perceptions of Intrusive Texting Behavior?’ Human Technology, 5, 2. 163-180. 

Maple C, Short E and Brown, A (2011) Cyberstalking in the United Kingdom, an Analysis of the ECHO Pilot Survey. Http://

Book Chapters

Short, E. and Barnes, J. (2018) Psychological explanations of stalking. In Our Encounters with Stalking, PCCS, Ross on Wye


Short, E. and McMurray, I, (2015) An Exploration Of Intrusive Mobile Phone Behaviour. In Z. Yan (Ed). Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behaviour. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global




A Practical Guide to Coping with Cyberstalking (2015) National Centre for Cyberstalking Research. Andrews UK Ltd.

Areas of teaching

Cyberpsychology, forensic psychology and health psychology


  • PhD in Psychology 
  • MSc.Applied / Occupational Psychology 
  • BSc.(Hons) Psychology

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) - 2016 to Present - Fellow
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) - member 1991 to present 

Member networks: Division of Health Psychology, Cyberpsychology section, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma and Division of Forensic Psychology

  • Royal Society of Arts (RSA) - Fellow 2010 - present

Externally funded research grants information

Aurora New Dawn, National Centre for Cyberstalking Research. Cyberstalking Awareness -Training package. Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund 2018/19 
Bedfordshire Cyber Awareness Programme (BCAP), and with guidance on effective practice to support online welfare more broadly for all students. Project partner Universities UK. HEFCE/OFS Catalyst Fund. 2017-2018
Cyberharassment: Platform for Evidence Gathering, Assessing Risk & Managing Policing. Police Innovation Fund. University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Police. 2016-2018
Developing an Evidence Based Protocol for Assessing Risk and Managing Policing Operations in Response to Cyberstalking and Online Harassment. Bedfordshire PCC. 2015-2016

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