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Dr Alexia Zalaf




PhD Psychology (University of Leicester, 2013)

MSc Forensic Psychology (University of Kent at Canterbury, 2007)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Sussex, 2006)

Employment Track

Scientific Collaborator, European University Cyprus (2014-2017)

Part time lecturer, Open University Cyprus (2014-2015)

Research Interests

Forensic psychology: domestic violence, dark personality traits – dark triad, animal abuse, individual differences, personality, cross-cultural studies. 

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)


  • Modules Taught: Forensic risk assessment, Advanced methods in psychology, Understanding behaviour, Introduction to psychology, Health psychology, Developmental psychology, Experimental psychology, Theories of personality, Psychopathology, Theories of learning, History and systems of psychology  

Selective Publications 

  • Zalaf, A. and Egan, V. (2017). Cyprus versus UK: Cultural differences of attitudes towards animals based on personality and sensational interests. Anthrozoös, 30(1), 47-60.
  • Zalaf, A. and Egan, V. (2015). A new questionnaire examining general attitudes toward animals in Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 10(2), 111-117.
  • Kyriakidou, M., Zalaf, A. & Blades, M. (2014). Prosecution reliance on the quantity rather than the quality of evidence for children’s testimonies. The Cyprus Journal of Sciences, 12, 3-15.
  • Zalaf, A., Kyriakidou, M. and Sotos, M. (2014). Urban and rural residence and its significance on services for victims of domestic violence in Cyprus. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 17, 88-104.
  • Zalaf, A. and Wood. J. L. (2009) A comparison of attitudes to the police between Greek-Cypriots and ethnic minorities living in Cyprus. International Criminal Justice Review, 19(4), 381-399. 

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • Zalaf and Egan (2012).An extension of animal welfare research: personality, delinquency and moralityin a cross-cultural setting. Talk, European Association of Psychology and Law Conference, Nicosia.
  • Zalaf and Egan (2011).The predictive value of personality and sensational interests on the expression of attitudes towards animals in the UK and Cyprus. Poster Presentation, The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, London.
  • Zalaf and Egan (2010). Do cultural values influence the treatment of animals? Poster Presentation, Festival of Postgraduate Research, University of Leicester.
  • Zalaf and Egan (2010). Do cultural values influence the treatment of animals? Poster Presentation, PSYPAG Annual Conference, Sheffield. 

Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • Stylianos Constantinou (MSc). The mediating role of psychological wellbeing on the relationship between stress and physical exercise expectations (2015-2016).
  • Aliki Economidou (MSc). The role of animal attachment and personality at times of owner’s distress (2015-2016).