Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou

Dr Marilena Kyriakidou is qualified in psychological research methods and an expert on interviewing children in police departments and courtrooms. She has more than 8 years of experience working as a researcher within academia and outside academia in the field of children’s forensic testimonies and domestic violence. She is collaborating closely with the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Office of the Cyprus Police as an Intelligence Analyst and External Lecturer.

She is a volunteer Senior Researcher in the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family assisting on analysing records and disseminating outcomes. Her research interests range widely from ethics, robotics and how the interpretation of these two themes could benefit criminal justice as well as addressing questions on how police forces could effectively operate during economic recessions. She is a visiting scholar of the University of Cyprus lecturing on children’s forensic interviewing. She and her colleagues have contributed in the decision-making process in the parliament and on improving police criminal procedures with children witnesses or victims of alleged crimes.

Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou is open to any PhD applications related with a) police questioning children, b) domestic violence and c) robotics in the field of forensic psychology. She has access to rich databases from the police (on children’s forensic testimonies) and non-governmental organisations (on domestic violence) that she can share with her PhD students. This can help her PhD students to smoothly start their studies by having available enormous data (e.g. up to 20,000 cases of domestic violence). Candidates interested to start a PhD under her supervision are advised to contact her directly.


  • Kyriakidou, M. (2016) ‘Ethical concerns of surviving via and from robots: Cyborgs and expiry dates’. 19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots. Held 12-24 September 2016 in London, UK.
  • Kyriakidou, M., Padda, K., and Parry, L. (2015) ‘Reporting robot ethics for children-robot studies in contemporary peer reviewed papers’. International conference on Robot Ethics. Held 22-24 October 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Kyriakidou, M. (2014) ‘Discussing Ethical Guidelines for Roboticists Research Involving Children’International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots. Held 21-23 July 2014 at Poznan University of Technology, Poznań, Poland.
  • Kyriakidou, M. (2014) ‘Economic Crisis on Cyprus Police and Offences: Piloting Officers’ and Citizens’ ViewsFederal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates. Held October 2014 in Cyprus, Greece.
  • Kyriakidou, M., Sharkey, A., and Blades, M. (2013) ‘Ethical Dilemmas for Children’s Robot Crime Interviewers’. United Kingdom Robot Ethics Workshop. Held 25 March 2013 in Sheffield, UK.


  • CLAWAR Association (2016) Robots and robotic devices. Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems. BSI Standards Limited 8611:2016. [co-author]

Book Chapters

  • Kyriakidou, M. (2016) ‘Police interviews of sexually abused children: The state of the art in differentiating truthful and false accounts’. In The psychology of crime, policing and courts. Ed. by Kapardis, A., and Farrington, D.P. Abingdon: Routledge.
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