Dr Marina Rachitskiy

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Position: MSc Psychology Course Leader & Senior Lecturer
Email: marina.rachitskiy@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Areas of Expertise: Forensic and Social Psychology

Professional Biography

Dr Rachitskiy is an accomplished academic and researcher. She has completed her BA studies in Canada, after which she has moved to the UK to complete her MSc and PhD in Forensic Psychology. She has worked in the Department of Justice Canada and volunteered at the Ottawa Distress Centre. Her BA research project has been awarded a Certificate of Academic Excellence by the Canadian Psychological Association and she has published and presented her work internationally.

Qualifications

  • PhD Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey, 2011
  • MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Kent, 2007
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, Carleton University, 2005

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2014-2016: Director and Co-founder, MiMiR Education Ltd, London, UK
  • 2012-2014: Academic Director (Director of Studies), Blake Hall College, London
  • 2011-2012: Course Leader of Psychological Studies with Childhood Education, Blake Hall College, London,

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Teaching & Course Development

Dr Rachitskiy has been teaching since Autumn 2007 and has gained extensive experience of teaching and supervision of undergraduate students.

Her main teaching and research interests lie within Research Methods, Forensic Psychology and Social Psychology. She has successfully supervising Undergraduate and Postgraduate research projects. Within her recent position as a Director of Studies she held the sole responsibility for Quality Assurance, which resulted in highest positive feedback from the Quality Assurance Agency. As a result, she has developed great interest and expertise in student motivation and engagement in academics, which has further allowed her to develop good teaching skills.

Throughout her career she has been involved in the developed of an undergraduate psychology course and has gained extensive experience in course validations and centre approvals.

Research Supervision

Dr Rachitskiy has supervised a wide range of MSc and BSc psychology dissertations within a variety of areas in Forensic and Social Psychology. Most Recent (2016/17) supervision included:

  • Soylemez, K.K. – MSc titled Till Death Do Us Apart? The impact of legal recognition of relationships on fidelity among homosexual and heterosexual couples
  • Rowland-Greenstone, L. – MSc titled Soldiers of Misfortune: The (anti)social aspects of military personal.
  • Gimalova, M. – MSc titled Exploration of discriminating attitudes towards people suffering from depression and schizophrenia in British and Russian populations.
  • Aydemir, N.B.B. – BSc titled Role of dark personalities in decision making process of lawyers from UK and UAE.

Research Interests

Dr Rachitskiy’s primary research interests lie within Social and Forensic Psychology, with a particular interest in behaviours that are labelled deviant by society. Within her previous studies she worked with mainstream adolescents, exploring the factors affecting antisocial and pro-social behaviours and tendencies. Specifically, she is interested in how the experiences of adolescents can predict antisocial behaviour and cooperation with authorities. In addition, she is interested in social perception of vigilante behaviour and vigilante tendencies among adolescents. Recently she has also developed an interest in substance use, naturism, sexting, and sexual disorders. Specifically, the social perception of these as deviant and the predictors and life outcomes of those engaging in these behaviours.

Publications

  • Rachitskiy, M., Estevez-Lopez, E. & Emler, N.P. (in press). Exploring youth-police hostility: The role of perception of police and quality of contact in intention to cooperate with police. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.
  • Estevez-Lopez, E., Rachitskiy, M. & Rodriguez, C. (2013). Is perception of the mainstream legal system homogeneous across ethnic groups? The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 5, 155-161.
  • Estevez-Lopez, E. & Rachitskiy, M. (2010). Violent and delinquent youths: Relationships with institutional authorities and compliance with social norms. In Youth Violence: Causes, Warning Signs and Prevention. NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Serin, R., & Viki, T. (2009). The use of risk factors proposed by developmental pathways of antisocial behaviour in predicting program dropout. Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 51 (4).
  • Emler, N.P. & Rachitskiy, M. (2009). Gangs. In J. Levine & M. Hogg (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. US: SAGE Inc.

Conference Papers Given

  • Curry, H., Masson, S., Scott, A., Eriksen, K., Kurtz, J.M., Thomas-Ruiz, C., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). 2016 Trends in sexting and the role of individual differences. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • Day, S., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). Understanding situation specific empathy: The role of fundamental attribution bias, global empathy, compassion and adversity. Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • Eriksen, K., Curry, H., Masson, S., Scott, A., Kurtz, J.M., Thomas-Ruiz, C., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). Personality versus sexual desire as predictors of sexting in adults. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • George, N. & Rachitskiy, M. (2015). Warrior to peacemaker: Exploring the changed military mind. Poster presented at the BPS 4th Military Psychology Conference, Basingstoke, 3 November 2015.
  • Gimalova, M., & Rachitskiy, R. (2017). Exploration of discriminating attitudes towards people suffering from depression and schizophrenia in British and Russian populations. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Guidetti, F., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). Mobile dependency: The role of demographics and personality. Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • Hattat, S. & Rachitskiy, M. (2015). The attitudes of Turkish and British adults towards violence against women. Poster presented at the BPS Developmental Section and Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 9-11 September 2015.
  • Masson, S., Scott, A., Eriksen, K., Curry, H., Kurtz, J.M., Thomas-Ruiz, C., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). Is sexting a coping strategy? The role of stress, depression and anxiety. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • Masson, S., & Rachitskiy, M. (2017). Terror vs natural death: Evaluating robustness of Terror Management Theory across types of death. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Abusamra, L.N., Debs, Y., Edlibi, Y., Gueye, M., Rodionova, A., Tarbiat, D., & West, K. (2017). “Would somebody think of the children”: Life outcomes of living in naturist households. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Abusamra, L.N., Debs, Y., Edlibi, Y., Gueye, M., Rodionova, A., Tarbiat, D., & West, K. (2017). The joy of nudity: An empirical exploration into the effects of nudity on general wellbeing. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Emler, N.P. (2011). Cooperation with Police vs. Vigilante Behaviour: The use of Theory of Planned Behaviour and Emler's attitudinal approach to delinquency in predicting cooperation.  Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law annual conference, Miami, Florida, USA, March 3-5, 2011.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Emler, N.P., Estevez-Lopez, E. (2008). Choosing aggression: The role of authority and victimization. Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law annual conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, July 2-5, 2008.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Estevez-Lopez, E. & Emler, N.P. (2008). Family and school factors related to aggressive behaviour and cooperation with police in adolescence. Poster presented at the BPS annual conference, Dublin, April 2-4, 2008.
  • Rachitskiy, M., Estevez-Lopez, E. & Emler, N.P. (2008). Family and school factors related to aggressive behaviour and cooperation with police in adolescence: Phase 2. Paper presented at the BPS Forensic Psychology Division annual conference, Edinburgh, June 24-26, 2008.
  • Rachitskiy, M. & Serin, R. (2005). Pathways explanation of program discharge in young offenders. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal, June 9-11, 2005.
  • Rachitskiy, M. & Viki, T. (2007). Exploring Youth-Police Hostility: The Role of Quality of Contact in Intention to Cooperate with Police. Poster presented at the PsyPAG Annual Conference, London, June 12-14, 2007.
  • Rowland-Greenstone, L., & Rachitskiy, M. (2017). Soldiers of Misfortune: The (anti)social aspects of military personal. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Scott, A., Eriksen, K., Curry, H., Masson, S., Kurtz, J.M., Thomas-Ruiz, C., & Rachitskiy, M. (2016). Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict sexting behaviour. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31 August – 2 September 2016.
  • Soylemez, K.K., & Rachitskiy, M. (2017). Till Death Do Us Apart? The impact of social recognition of relationships on fidelity. Paper presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 31 August – 1 September 2017.
  • Waterhouse, R. & Rachitskiy, M. (2015). Motivation to drink and motivation to quit drinking alcohol among self-quitters, AA attendees and drinkers. Poster presented at the BPS Developmental Section and Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 9-11 September 2015

Grants Awarded

  • PhD Project, £27000, Overseas Research Scholarship
  • MSc project, $12000, Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Use of Mnemonics in French, £3600, The Regent’s University London HASS Research Grant

Last updated: 08 December 2017