Dr Lee Hadlington

Job: Associate Professor in Cyberpsychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8626

E: lhadlington@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Personal profile

I am an active researcher in the area of Cyberpsychology, with a particular focus on aspects of risk, online safety, and response to disruption in digital technology. 

A key focus of my work is the examination of how aspects of the ‘human factor’ can serve to influence how much individuals engage in ‘good’ security practices online. This includes an exploration of how individual differences in things such as personality traits can serve to influence organisational cybersecurity and adherence to accepted information security rules. I help businesses develop effective and measurable interventions designed to help engage their employees in protecting the organisation. The work also includes a cross-cultural exploration of online risk taking and how different interventions can be used in different cultural contexts.

Another aspect of my work links into cybercrime, specifically how individuals define this concept, and also what makes someone more susceptible to this time of crime versus others. This work also involves an exploration of risk taking and risk perception in children, with the practical implications again linked to the developmental of more effective behavioural interventions to mitigate risk.

Research group affiliations

Psychology and Technology Research Group

Cyber Security Centre Research Group

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

My research covers a variety of broad areas including Cyberpsychology and Cybercognition. My current areas of interests focus on (but are not limited to):

  • Insider Threat: Psychological/behavioural Indicators and Threat Detection
  • Human Factors in Information Security Awareness
  • Online Deception and misinformation
  • End User Reactions to Failures in Digital Technology
  • Risk Perception and Risk Taking in Young Children and Undergraduate Students
  • Cybercrime: the definition of Cybercrime: awareness and prevention
  • Cybercognition: the impact of digital technology on human cognition

Areas of teaching

  • Cyberpsychology
  • Human Factors in Cybersecurity
  • Suceptibility to Cybercrime
  • Research methods
  • Human-Computer interaction


PhD, BSc Psychology (Hons); PGCertHE

Courses taught

  • Psychology (BSc)
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence (Masters)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, awarded June 2007.
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Conference attendance

Bridges, A M and Hadlington, L J (2001) A probed recall measure of the effects of background sound on human information processing (End of Grant Report No. GR/L96257/02): EPSRC.

Bridges, A M and Hadlington L J (2003). Effects of presenting irrelevant sound to the right and left channels. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 12(2), 100

Hadlington, L J & Bridges, A M (2003). Hemispheric differences in the processing of irrelevant sound. Presented at the British Psychological Society PSYPAG conference, July 2003.

Hadlington, L J, Bridges, A M, & Beaman, P (2006). A left-ear disadvantage for the Processing of Irrelevant Sound: Effects of Manipulating Changing State Information. Paper presented at the Annual BPS Cognitive Conference.

Hadlington, L J, & Bridges, A M, & Beaman, P (2006).  A left-ear disadvantage for the presentation of irrelevant sound: The importance of tasks requirements and location of presentation in the “irrelevant sound” effect.  Brain and Cognition, 61. 159 – 171.

Hadlington, L J, Bridges, A M, & Darby, R (2004).  Auditory location in the Irrelevant Sound Effect: The effects of presenting auditory stimuli to either the left ear, the right ear or both ears.  Brain and Cognition, 55, 547-557

Current research students

  • Emily Smith; Exploring aspects of Cyberbullying and Cyberagression in young adults

Externally funded research grants information

Project TitleFunding BodyCollaborative PartnersPI and CollaboratorsTotal Funding Amount and DMU Amount

Cognitive and Behavioural Concepts of Cyberactivities: Information processing of Online Content

DSTL/BAE Systems Tin 3.040, Task 3

(Completed March 2013)


Lee Hadlington, Alison Attrill,Mark Scase

£35, 000

CyberSecurity – Host-based Threat Detection: Automated threat detection using novel behavioural threat indicators

CDE Themed Bid 34941

(Completed August 2014)

ThinkingSafe Limited

Warwick WMG

Lee Hadlington, Keith Scott, Fionn Murtagh

£100, 000 (£40, 000)

Automated CyberDefence Analysis Engine

CDE Themed Bid 37609 (started 1 st Jan 2015)

ThinkingSafe Limited

Warwick WMG


Lee Hadlington, Keith Scott

£100, 000 (£16, 000)


Internally funded research project information



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