This Friday, Courtney Crooks, principal research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute and SCP, will present her lecture Cyberpsychology & Future of Cybersecurity Research. Join us from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Coda or virtually!
Cyberpsychology is the interdisciplinary study of the psychology of cyberspace and those who use the tools of cyberspace. This field identifies and explores the overlap between online and offline life through the application of psychological concepts and research. Key concepts that will be discussed briefly include cyber presence, digital identity, online disinhibition effect, digital deviance, dark personalities, and deception in cyberspace. Psychologically informed conceptualizations of cyber behavior may inform cybersecurity researchers, practitioners, and decision makers with insight about psychological motivations and vulnerabilities, and support better understanding of how to develop and implement effective cybersecurity tools, measures, policy and legislation.
Courtney Crooks is a Principal Research Scientist with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), licensed psychologist, and US Navy Veteran. She has 20 years of combined applied research experience within GTRI along with the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist with a subspecialty in Human Systems Integration. She completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology with University of Georgia; Masters in Aeronautical Science – Aviation Human Factors with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; retraining in clinical psychology with Fielding Graduate University with forensic concentration; doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency in health services psychology with Emory University School of Medicine; Georgia Tech Professional Education certificate in Cybersecurity; 2-year Core Program with Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute (EUPI), and Faculty Fellowship with the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn Security Program. Dr. Crooks is also an adjunct faculty member with Georgia Tech School of Cybersecurity & Privacy, an adjunct assistant professor with Emory University School of Medicine, and a 4th year candidate at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Crooks’ current research applies foundational psychoanalytic theory, formal qualitative analysis, and computational modeling, to understand national security implications of large group psychological response to collective trauma, politics, and core societal issues; persuasion, coercive control, and deception; and ideological extremism. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a GTRI-Georgia Tech collaborative fundamental research project to investigate the impact of foreign influence operations on strategic decision making.