Professor Jacqui Taylor-Jackson

Professor Jacqui Taylor-Jackson

Professor In Cyber Psychology,


After a BSc(Hons) Psychology (London), I completed a MSc Information Systems at Portsmouth University. Drawing on these two areas, I then undertook PhD research which used social-psychological theory and methods to investigate and understand the impacts of computer-mediated communication on language and social interaction. Following my PhD, I moved to Bournemouth University where I have pursued research investigating many aspects related to the psychological impact of technology and the internet on interaction across different sectors of society. See ‘Research/Projects’ and ‘Publications’ tabs for further details.

My interests in Psychology learning and teaching are wide-ranging and I have presented and published papers on a variety of topics such as: psychological literacy, widening participation, employability, teaching psychology to computing and cybersecurity students and using online discussion to develop critical thinking and online facilitation skills. Recently, I worked on a funded project investigating online reflection and the benefits of students sharing reflections. 

I am a Chartered Psychologist and have been actively involved in the British Psychological Society for over 20 years. I completed a 3-year term as Editor of the BPS Journal 'Psychology Teaching Review' and another 3 years as Chair of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P).

I am very keen to supervise HDR students. At my previous University I have recently supervised the following PhD students to completion:

2019  P Wilkinson ‘Digital games developed for the social and emotional learning of children’ (2nd supervisor)

2019  G Ollis ‘Helping software developers to help each other: applying psychology to facilitate understanding among professional software developers.’ (1st supervisor)

2018  S Hodge ‘Morality in videogames’ (1st supervisor)

2018 H Thackray ‘Anonymous hackers: Online group processes, social identity and cyber security’ (2nd Supervisor)

2017 H Almakky, ‘Facebook user interface design to suit the culture in Saudi Arabia’ (2nd supervisor)

2017 A Shahri, ‘Engineering Motivation as a Supplementary Requirement in Socio-technical Systems’ (2nd supervisor)

This information has been contributed by Professor Taylor-Jackson.

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist & Associate Fellow (1991 - 2020)
  • President of the International Council of Psychology Educators (ICOPE) (2018 - 2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology


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  • Rich, G., Padilla-Lopez, A., de Souza, L., Zinkiewicz, L., Taylor-Jackson, J. and Jaafar, J. (2018), 'Teaching Psychology around the World. Volume 4', : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781527514119.

Chapters in Books

  • Taylor-Jackson, J., Thackray, H., Hodge, S. and McAlaney, J. (2018), 'Introducing psychological concepts and methods to cybersecurity students', Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security, IGI Global 9781522540533.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. and Hulme, J. (2018), 'An overview of psychological literacy in practice from the UK', Teaching Psychology around the World. Volume 4, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781527514119.
  • Hodge, S., McAlaney, J., Gatzidis, C., Anderson, E., Melacca, D. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2018), 'Applying psychological theory to in-game moral behaviors through the development of a purpose-made game', Video Games: a Medium that Demands Our Attention, Routledge 9780815376897.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. (2011), 'Using theoretical frameworks from the social sciences to understand and explain behaviour in social computing', Social Computing Theory and Practice: Interdisciplinary Approaches, IGI Global 9781616929046.

Journal Articles

  • Shahri, A., Hosseini, M., Taylor-Jackson, J., Stefanidis, A., Phalp, K. and Ali, R. (2020), 'Engineering digital motivation in businesses : a modelling and analysis framework', Requirements Engineering, vol 25, no 2 , pp 153 - 184.
  • Hodge, S., Taylor-Jackson, J. and McAlaney, J. (2020), 'Is it still double edged? : not for university students' development of moral reasoning and video game play', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 11 .
  • Shahri, A., Hosseini, M., Phalp, K., Taylor-Jackson, J. and Ali, R. (2019), 'How to engineer gamification : the consensus, the best practice and the grey areas', Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, vol 31, no 1 , pp 39 - 60.
  • Hodge, S., Taylor-Jackson, J. and McAlaney, J. (2019), 'It's double edged : the positive and negative relationships between the development of moral reasoning and video game play among adolescents', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 10 .
  • Taylor-Jackson, J., McDougall, S., Ollis, G. and Alford, P. (2019), 'Assessing user perceptions of trust and security in manipulated versions of low trust and high trust tourism websites', e-Review of Tourism Research, vol 16, no 2-3 , pp 165 - 174.
  • Tarrant, G. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2019), 'Trial by social media : how do you find the jury, guilty or not guilty?', International Journal of Cyber Research and Education, vol 1, no 2 .
  • Hodge, S., Taylor-Jackson, J. and McAlaney, J. (2019), '(A)morally demanding game? : an exploration of moral decision-making in a purpose-made video game', Media and Communication, vol 7, no 4 , pp 213 - 225.
  • Ebert, D., Daele, T., Nordgreen, T., Karekla, M., Compare, A., Zarbo, C., Brugnera, A., Overland, S., Trebbi, G., Jensen, K., Kaehlke, F., Baumeister, H. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2018), 'Internet- and mobile-based psychological interventions : applications, efficacy, and potential for improving mental health : a report of the EFPA E-health taskforce', European Psychologist, vol 23, no 2 , pp 167 - 187.
  • Wilkinson, P., Taylor-Jackson, J. and Readman, M. (2018), 'Mediating family play : exploring the expectations of digital media through a mobile application designed to facilitate real-world child-parent play', International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, vol 18 , pp 90 - 99.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J., Salvagno, M., Morris, R., Hutchings, M. and Bobeva, M. (2018), 'Evaluating and measuring how new technologies and ubiquitous connectivity affect university students' psychosocial well-being', Psychology Teaching Review, vol 24, no 1 , pp 21 - 34.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J., McAlaney, J., Muir, S. and Cole, T. (2017), 'Teaching sensitive issues in cyberpsychology', Psychology Teaching Review, vol 23, no 1 , pp 56 - 62.
  • Dutke, S., Bakker, H., Papageorgi, I. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2017), 'PLAT 16(2) 2017 : introduction to the special issue on evidence-based teaching (EBT) : examples from learning and teaching psychology', Psychology Learning and Teaching, vol 16, no 2 , pp 175 - 178.
  • McAlaney, J., Thackray, H. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2016), 'The social psychology of cybersecurity', The Psychologist, vol 29, no 9 , pp 686 - 689.
  • Buchan, A. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2016), 'A qualitative exploration of factors affecting group cohesion and team play in multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs)', Computer Games Journal, vol 5, no 1-2 , pp 65 - 89.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. and Hulme, J. (2015), 'Introducing a compendium of psychological literacy case studies : reflections on psychological literacy in practice', Psychology Teaching Review, vol 21, no 2 , pp 25 - 34.
  • Salvagno, M., Taylor-Jackson, J., Bobeva, M. and Hutchings, M. (2015), 'Ubiquitous connectivity and students' well-being : a situational analysis in a UK universities', Ubiquitous Learning, vol 8, no 3 .
  • Pulman, A., Taylor-Jackson, J., Galvin, K. and Masding, M. (2013), 'Ideas and enhancements related to mobile applications to support Type 1 diabetes', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol 1, no 2 .
  • Pulman, A., Hill, J., Taylor-Jackson, J., Galvin, K. and Masding, M. (2013), 'Innovative mobile technology alcohol education for young people with type 1 diabetes', Practical Diabetes, vol 30, no 9 , pp 376 - 379.
  • Hulme, J., Taylor-Jackson, J., Davies, M. and Banister, P. (2012), 'The science of enhanced student engagement and employability : introducing the psychology stream of the inaugural HEA STEM conference', Psychology Teaching Review, vol 18, no 2 , pp 3 - 8.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. (2012), 'The assessment of critical evaluation, leadership and reflection skills through participation in online discussions', Psychology Teaching Review, vol 18, no 2 , pp 52 - 58.
  • Pulman, A. and Taylor-Jackson, J. (2012), 'Munchausen by Internet : current research and future directions', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol 14, no 4 .

Conference Papers

  • Taylor-Jackson, J., McAlaney, J., Foster, J., Bello, A., Maurushat, A. and Dale, J. (2020), 'Incorporating psychology into cyber security education : a pedagogical approach', International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. (2019), 'Psychological literacy for all : an overview of this 'literacy' and how it is relevant for students of all disciplines', International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma, Spain.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J. and Coady, S. (2019), 'Measuring elements of psychological literacy in students : comparing gender, educational level and discipline', International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma, Spain.
  • Skinner, T., Taylor-Jackson, J., Dale, J. and McAlaney, J. (2018), 'The development of intervention e-learning materials and implementation techniques for cyber-security behaviour change', Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. Convention, Liverpool, England.
  • Thackray, H., Richardson, C., Dogan, H., Taylor-Jackson, J. and McAlaney, J. (2017), 'Surveying the hackers : the challenges of data collection from a secluded community', European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Taylor-Jackson, J., McAlaney, J., Hodge, S., Thackray, H., Richardson, C., James, S. and Dale, J. (2017), 'Teaching psychological principles to cybersecurity students', IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, Athens, Greece.
  • Algashami, A., Shahri, A., McAlaney, J., Taylor-Jackson, J., Phalp, K. and Ali, R. (2017), 'Strategies and design principles to minimize negative side-effects of digital motivation on teamwork', International Conference on Persuasive Technology for Human Well-Being, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Shahri, A., Hosseini, M., Almaliki, M., Phalp, K., Taylor-Jackson, J. and Ali, R. (2016), 'Engineering software-based motivation : a persona-based approach', International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, Grenoble, France.
  • Hodge, S., Taylor-Jackson, J., McAlaney, J. and Gatzidis, C. (2016), 'Design of a videogame to explore morality', International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Poole, U.K..
  • Thackray, H., McAlaney, J., Dogan, H., Taylor-Jackson, J. and Richardson, C. (2016), 'Social psychology : an under-used tool in cybersecurity', International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Poole, U.K..

The overarching theme of my research is to evaluate and understand the psychological impacts of technology and the internet to enhance wellbeing. This can be summarised within three main areas (social media and videogames, online deception, and online health).

The positive and negative impacts of social media and videogames on young people are wide-ranging and I have researched and reported on children’s sleep patterns, identity, aggressive behaviour and learning. However, despite media hype there are many positive impacts. For example, in an evaluation of an app designed to facilitate real-world child-parent play, we (Wilkinson, Taylor Readman, 2018) highlighted new positive family engagement patterns.  Also, using a purpose-made videogame we (Hodge, Taylor & McAlaney, 2019) found that moral reasoning was enhanced in adolescents experienced in video game play, and in another study we found that the use of MOBA videogames developed leadership and team skills in students (Buchanan & Taylor, 2014).

Online deception can lead to many negative psychological, financial and security impacts, and research into identity deception and online deviance helps to understand the motivations of perpetrators and the impacts on individuals, groups and society (e.g. MBI, Pulman & Taylor, 2012).  By manipulating websites and social media posts and using correlational methods, we are identifying key factors and suggesting ways to mitigate impacts and educate people most at risk. For example, we have related psychological and demographic individual differences (e.g. age, gender, personality, learning difficulties) with perceptions of trustworthiness and credibility of social media posts (Taylor, Graham, Minto-Lindgren & Millard, 2018). Also, in work in progress we are analysing user perceptions of trust and security of manipulated versions of websites, using eye tracking and self-report methods (Taylor, McDougall, Ollis & Allford, 2019).

Although there is great potential for online psychological interventions and apps for improving mental and physical health, a funded European review I was involved with revealed low efficacy for many of these (Ebert et al, 2018). Another funded project highlighted growing issues with digital addiction (Taylor & Taylor, 2009). However, I’ve been involved with two projects highlighting positive effects, one found enhanced quality of life measures in those older adults using social networks (Frackiewicz, Taylor & House, 2008) and in another project an app was developed which led to improved quality of life for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes (Pulman, Taylor, Galvin & Masding, 2012).

This information has been contributed by Professor Taylor-Jackson.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Cognitive strategies and experiential factors that shape how we perceive and interact with others
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Autistic adults with depression, anxiety, and stress: Assessing its impact on their behaviour and development
Field of Research:


Title: Taylor-Jackson, J. 2020. Cited in ???The Psychologist Guide to??? [new] university life???.
Description: The Psychologist, BPS, UK Published online 1st July 2020
Title: Taylor, J. 2016. Phony tragedies go viral: a modern twist on a mental disorder,
Description: The Washington Post, 01 Jul 2016.
Title: Taylor, J. 2016. Staying safe online,
Description: BBC Radio Solent, 09 Aug 2016.
Title: Taylor, J. 2016. The strange case of Marina Joyce and internet hysteria
Description: The Guardian newspaper, 04Aug2016
Title: Taylor, J. 2017. Make the most of lectures.
Description: In The Psychologist Guide to University Life. The Psychologist, number 4 October, page 4.

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