Dr Ava Valashjardi
One month after completing her PhD in 2020, Dr Ava Valashjardi joined City University of London as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. Her PhD research, titled ‘Gender Differences in the Expression of Narcissism: Diagnostic Assessment, Aetiology, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration’, has been published in peer-reviewed journals and featured in media outlets.
Ava’s research interests include exploring gender differences in the manifestation of dark personality traits (specifically narcissism) in relation to offending behaviours. She is particularly interested in the theoretical and clinical implications in this area, and therefore extends her research to the investigation of gender bias in the diagnosis of personality disorders. Ava utilises both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research.
Ava is the module leader for the UG module Forensic Psychology which her teaching mainly focuses on, but her teaching experience extends to other areas including quantitative and qualitative methods, individual differences, social psychology, cognitive psychology, work and organisational psychology, and criminology.
Enquires related to potential research collaborations and supervision of PhD students are welcome.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, Jul 2020
- PhD Forensic Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, Feb 2017 – Jan 2020
- MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, Sep 2015 – Oct 2016
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, Sep 2011 – Jul 2015
- Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, City, University London, Jul 2020 – present
- Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Queen Margaret University, Mar 2018 – Mar 2019
- Associate Lecturer in Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University, Sep 2017 – Jun 2020
Memberships of professional organisations
- Chartered Psychologist, The British Psychological Society
- Valashjardi, A. (2019). Narcissism – and the various ways it can lead to domestically abusive relationships.
- Valashjardi, A., MacLean, R. and Charles, K. (2020). Recollections of parenting styles in the development of narcissism: The role of gender. Personality and Individual Differences, 167. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110246.
- Valashjardi, A., MacLean, R. and Charles, K. (2020). Unmasking gender differences in narcissism within intimate partner violence. Personality and Individual Differences, 167. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110247.
- Valashjardi, A., Charles, K. and MacLean, R. (2019). Perceptions of female narcissism in intimate partner violence: A thematic analysis. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin pp. 13–27.
- Valashjardi, A. (2019). Echoism. Ology: Reviews in Applied Sciences, 2, pp. 6–7. doi:10.14297/ras.v2i1.7.
- Valashjardi, A. and Charles, K. (2019). Voicing the Victims of Narcissistic Partners: A Qualitative Analysis of Responses to Narcissistic Injury and Self-Esteem Regulation. SAGE Open, 9(2), pp. 215824401984669–215824401984669. doi:10.1177/2158244019846693.
- This Type Of Narcissism Is More Common In Women — And Is Linked To Abusive Behavior. (2020) Mindbodygreen (website).
- The link between narcissism and intimate partner violence manifests itself differently in women and men. (2020) PsyPost (website).
- Narcissism in the Infinity Room. (2019) Splice Today (website).