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Daria Kuss

Daria Kuss

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Daria Kuss is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Associate Professor in Psychology, the Lead for the Cyberpsychology Research Group, and a member of the International Gaming Research Unit. She has developed the MSc Cyberpsychology. Her current teaching and research focus on Cyberpsychology, the Psychology of Internet and Technology Use, and Addictive Behaviours. She supervises PhD researchers and MSc Cyberpsychology students and acts as mentor for staff in the Psychology Department.

Career overview

Dr Daria Kuss joined the Psychology Department at Nottingham Trent University in 2014, following her post as Lecturer in Applied Psychology at Birmingham City University. Prior to completing her PhD in Psychology at NTU, she worked with clients suffering from behavioural addictions and other mental health problems in Germany, allowing her to foster her interest and skills in behavioural and technological addictions, psychotherapy, and clinical psychology. Daria has completed an MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with a specialisation in Psychopathology and an MA in Media Culture at Maastricht University in the Netherlands with distinction, and builds her research on the combination of these areas of interest.

Research areas

Dr Daria Kuss' research concerns the psychological aspects of Internet and technology use. She is specifically interested in understanding the place of technology use in today’s technophilic culture, including the benefits and drawbacks of different types of technology use. Daria is a prolific writer and has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters and reports and regularly presents her research at international conferences and on the media.

Her current research projects include, among other things, psychometric, interview, ethnographic, focus group, experimental and neurobiological studies into Internet use, gaming, online social networking, smartphone use, online dating, cyberstalking and the use of gaming and online forums for mental health.

External activity

Dr Daria Kuss has worked with the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, and the Government Council of the Czech Republic. Her work has been featured in the House of Commons Select Committee reports. Daria is a member of the evidence group of the UK Council for Internet Safety and the UK Safer Internet Centre.

She is an award-winning author, and her dissemination includes over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, three authored and one edited book, and over 100 national and international conference presentations, including regular keynote talks. Her most recent books Internet addiction – Evidence-based practice in psychotherapy (Hogrefe) and The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology (OUP) have been published in 2019. Her research has been covered in international news outlets, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the BBC.

She has a very international profile and has been a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at the University of Barcelona, Spain, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Zadar University, Croatia, University of Athens, Greece, the University of Warsaw, Poland, Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Moreover, she acts as external examiner for PhDs and research projects on a regular basis.

She is currently a guest editor of Addictive Behaviors andthe Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, editorial board member of Psychopathology, Frontiers in Psychology and JMIR Serious Games.

Her scholarly impact is evidenced by establishing research networks with colleagues from numerous European countries, Australia, the USA and the Republic of Korea, and she collaborates on various research projects, and organises research conferences/international research seminars/symposia internationally on a regular basis.

She is regularly involved in international consultancy work, including leading workshops in her field, and providing consultancy in the areas of mental health, social work, and the arts, as well as being an expert witness.

Sponsors and collaborators


British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, The European Parliament, The European Commission

International Collaborators:

Auckland University of Technology, Australia, University of Tasmania, Australia, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Federation University Australia, University of Adelaide, Australia, University of New South Wales, Australia, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Ghent University, Belgium, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Alberta,Canada, University of Macau, China, Mental Health Institute, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR, China, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, France, University Toulouse 2, France, Universite de Nimes Aix-Marseille, France; A. Rousseau, Universite de Lille III, France, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Nanterre, France, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, University of Nîmes, Nîmes, France, Université Lille Nord de France, France, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, Outpatient Clinic for Behavioural Addictions, Mainz, Germany, Universität zu Lübeck, Germany, University of Ulm, Germany, Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, University of Athens, Greece, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi,India, SHUT clinic (Service for Healthy use of Technology), National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, India, University of Indonesia, Indonesia, Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, University of Ulster, Ireland, Second University of Naples, Italy, University of Padua, Italy, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy, Kore University of Enna, Enna, Italy, Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center, Japan, University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Ministry of Health, Malaysia, IVO Addiction Research Centre, The Netherlands, University of Bergen, Norway, University of Poznan, Poland, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawla II, Poland, Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu, Poland, The John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, Federal Medical Research Centre of Psychiatry and Addiction, Moscow, Russia, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, Universidad de Valencia, Spain, Universite de Geneve, Switzerland, Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland, Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours, Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, Istanbul University Faculty of Health Science Department of Midwifery, Turkey, Turkish Green Crescent Society, Istanbul, Turkey, Palo Alto University, USA


Publications are available via iRep, ResearchGate, and

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Press expertise

  • Psychological aspects of Internet and technology use
  • Pathological and addictive online behaviours, their phenomenological experience, clinical presentation and treatment
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Gaming
  • Social networking
  • Smartphone use
  • Psychopathology / mental health (e.g. behavioural addictions and other mental disorders, their prevention; diagnosis and treatment)
  • Intersection between cyberpsychology and mental health (i.e. internet addiction, impacts of media on health and behaviour and the use of the internet to improve mental health and wellbeing.