Poppy Theocharidou

Poppy Theocharidou

Instructor - Adj

Professional Summary

Hi! My name is Poppy Theocharidou and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice. I am currently wrapping up my dissertation and will be graduating in Summer 2022. My background is mainly in psychology, and my research interests revolve around individual traits and differences.
My dissertation employs both quantitative and qualitative analyses to explore the pathways into far-right violent extremism and the risk factors that could potentially lead to radicalization. I am specifically focusing on the U.S. political context and the January 6th Capitol insurrection. 
After my graduation, I am interested in transitioning out of academia and into user experience research. 


Bachelor & Master of Arts (Joint Diploma): Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, 2012 (Film Studies Major: Film history & theory)

Bachelor of Arts: Amsterdam University College The Netherlands, 2014 (Social Sciences Tracks: Cognition & Sociology)

Master of Science: University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice Ohio, U.S.A., 2016 (Criminal Justice)

Ph.D.: University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice Ohio, U.S.A., 2022 (Criminology)

Graduate Certificate: University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Ohio, U.S.A., 2021 (Leadership & Management)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Political Extremism & Violence
  • Terrorism
  • Individual Traits & Differences
  • Biopsychosocial Criminology 

Positions and Work Experience

2014 -2014 Research Intern, University of Amsterdam Department of Clinical Psychology, The Netherlands

2014 -2014 Research Intern, University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, Ohio, U.S.A.

2014 -2014 Research Intern, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), The Netherlands

2015 -2015 Student Intern, Hillcrest Academy, Ohio, U.S.A.

2021 -2021 Adjust Instructor - Online, Courses taught: Forensic Psychology, American College of Thessaloniki, Greece

2015 -2018 Consultant, Effective Practices in Community Supervision, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute, Ohio, U.S.A.

2016 -2019 Graduate Assistant, University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, Ohio, U.S.A.

2017 -2020 Adjunct Instructor, Courses taught: Introduction to Criminology Criminal Justice in Film, University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, Ohio, U.S.A

2020 -2022 Distance Learning Facilitator, Courses facilitated: Biosocial Factors in Offending Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice Community Corrections Police Effectiveness Basic Research Methods in Criminal Justice Seminar in Criminology , University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, Ohio, U.S.A.


Peer Reviewed Publications

S. Altikriti, K. Theocharidou, C. J. Sullivan (2020. ) Specific theories of crime? A longitudinal assessment of the competing effects of psychopathy and self-control.Journal of Crime and Justice, , 43 (5 ) ,547 More Information

B. Verschuere, B. Kleinberg, K. Theocharidou (2015. ) RT-based memory detection: Item saliency effects in the single-probe and the multiple-probe protocol.Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, , 4 (1 ) ,59 More Information

J. L. Nedelec, I. A. Silver, K. Province, K. Theocharidou (2021. ) Of sex, families, and psychology: A sibling-comparison analysis of the influence of adverse psychological effects on sexual and familial behaviors.Personality and Individual Differences, , 169 , More Information

J. L. Nedelec, B. B. Boutwell, K. Theocharidou (2020. ) The intersection of individual differences, personality variation, & military service: A twin comparison design.Military Psychology, , 32 (5 ) ,442 More Information

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