Chad M.S. Steel

Thesis title: Digital Behaviors and Cognitions of Individuals Convicted of Online Child Pornography Offences

Background

I am currently a PhD by Research student in clinical psychology.  In addition to studying clinical psychology, I am and adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Volgenau College of Engineering.  

Research summary

I am currently studying online crimes against children.  Specifically, my topic of interest is "Digital Behaviors and Cognitions of Individuals Convicted of Online Child Pornography Offences".  My work looks at the technical behaviors and rationalizations of individuals that commit offenses involving CSEM.  Publication under this project to-date are as follows:

An Integrative Review of Historical Technology and Countermeasure Usage Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation Material Offenders Chad M.S. Steel, Emily Newman, Suzanne O'Rourke, Ethel Quayle. Digital Investigation (Accepted). April 2020.

A Systematic Review of Cognitive Distortions in Online Child Sexual Exploitation Material Offenders Chad M.S. Steel, Emily Newman, Suzanne O'Rourke, Ethel Quayle. Aggression and Violent Behavior. January 2020.

 

Current research interests

Online crimes against children

Past research interests

Digital Behavioral Analysis