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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, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the International Gaming Research Unit and the Cyberpsychology Group. She has developed the MSc Cyberpsychology of which she is Course Leader. Her current teaching and research focuses on Cyberpsychology, the Psychology of Internet and Technology Use, Addictive Behaviours, Psychometrics, and Psychopathology / Health Psychology.

Career overview

Dr Daria Kuss joined the Psychology Department and International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University as 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 potentially pathological and addictive online behaviours, their phenomenological experience, clinical presentation and treatment. Daria is a prolific writer and has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports and regularly presents her research at international conferences. She is currently completing her third book, Internet addiction (Hogrefe). Her current research projects include, among other things, psychometric, interview, ethnographic and epidemiological studies into Internet, gaming, online social networking and addiction, cyberstalking and the use of gaming and online forums for mental health.

External activity

Dr Daria Kuss has presented over 40 conference papers across Europe, including key notes and invited talks. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at the University of Barcelona, Spain, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Zadar University, Croatia, University of Athens, Greece, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Moreover, she has acted as external examiner for research projects at the University of Derby and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Daria’s scholarly impact is evidenced by establishing research networks with colleagues from 12 EU countries, Australia, the USA and the Republic of Korea, and she led on various collaborative research projects, organised research conferences/international research seminars/symposia in ten countries, and is mentoring staff/students as Associate International Recruitment and Exchanges Coordinator.

Sponsors and collaborators


British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust


Federation University Australia, University of Adelaide, Australia, University of New South Wales, Australia, Ghent University, Belgium, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, University of Macau, China, 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, Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, University of Athens, Greece, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, University of Ulster, Ireland, Second University of Naples, Italy, Kore University of Enna, Enna, Italy, Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center, Japan, University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, 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, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, Universidad de Valencia, Spain, Universite de Geneve, Switzerland, Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland, Istanbul University Faculty of Health Science Department of Midwifery, 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.