Dr Marina Rachitskiy
Senior Lecturer & Course Leader MSc Psychology

Email: marina.rachitskiy@regents.ac.uk

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 fall 2007 and have 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 supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research projects, and is supervising a PhD student. 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 and validation of numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses 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 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.
  • Edlibi, Y. – Understanding love across different types of romantic relationships.
  • Smy-Aristizabal, J. – Consensual non-monogamy: Not a dysfunction, but as much as the research of a satisfying relationship and secure attachment style as monogamy.
  • Marshak, B.A. – To text or not to text? A technological society’s compulsion for instant gratification and its impact on relationship satisfaction.
  • Lai, M.W. – Attitudes towards counselling, stigma associated with mental illness, gender and technostress in predicting intentions to engage in online counselling.
  • Church, E. – Mental health patient’s integration: What factors effect integration into the community after discharge.
  • Yagnakova, N. – Exploring individual experiences of being single among Russian women

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 police. In addition, she is interested in social perception of vigilante behaviour and vigilante tendencies among adolescents. Recently she has also developed an interest in other behaviours commonly labelled as deviant, such as substance use, naturism, sexting, and paraphilias. Specifically, the social perception of these as deviant and the predictors and life outcomes of those engaging in these behaviours.

Publications

Papers and Chapters

  • Emler, N.P. & Rachitskiy, M. (2009). Gangs. In J. Levine & M. Hogg (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. US: SAGE Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Conference Papers Given

  • Cantagalli, M., & Rachitskiy, M. (2018). A Psychological and Socio-Political Account of Hyper-Masculinity and Its effect on Sexual Intent Perception. Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 28 – 30 August 2018.
  • 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.
  • Hollis, H., Rachitskiy, M., & Van der Leer, L. (2018). Modelling factors influencing academic outcomes: The role of information literacy, effort, intelligence, academic emotion, and academic self-concept. Paper presented at the Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, Chania, Greece, 22-25 May 2018.
  • Hollis, H., Rachitskiy, M., & Van der Leer, L. (2018). Working together across teams: Research on student academic outcomes. Paper presented at the Regent’s Learning & Teaching Conference, London, UK, 22-25 May 2018.
  • Lai, C., & Rachitskiy, M. (2018). Counselling 2.0: Attitude towards counselling, technostress, and stigma towards mental illness in predicting one’s intention to engage in online counselling. Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 28 – 30 August 2018.
  • Marshak, B., & Rachitskiy, M. (2018). The implications of an increasingly technological society in relationship satisfaction. Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 28 – 30 August 2018.
  • 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.
  • Smy-Aristizabal, J., & Rachitskiy, M. (2018). Consensual non-monogamy: a dysfunction or a sign of a good stable relationship? Poster presented at the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 28 – 30 August 2018.
  • 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