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Marija Pajevic


Marija received a BA in Psychology with a specialist focus on clinical psychology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2013. She proceeded to undertake an MA degree in Psychology wherein she conducted a research study with a sample of homicide offenders recruited from maximum-security prisons throughout Serbia that led to her master thesis Psychological typology of homicide offenders and offenders who attempted homicide in 2015. She has been trained in cognitive behaviour therapy and holds primary, advanced and associate fellowship practicum certificates from the Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

Research Interests

Supervised by Dr Kyle Treiber and funded by the Cambridge International Scholarship (Cambridge Trust), her PhD project is set within Situational Action Theory and aims to disentangle the causes of crime from its mere correlates by explaining the link between certain biological factors associated with crime and the criminal behaviour itself, through neurocognitive processes. Her research interests include biosocial and analytical criminology. She is particularly interested in the role of neurobiological factors in crime propensity, criminal decision-making processes, psychopathy, and how the interaction between people and settings can result in crime.

She passed her viva with no corrections in June 2020.

Key Publications

Pajevic, M. (2019, November). Exploring the link between low heart rate and criminal behaviour from an analytical perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Pajevic, M., Vukosavljevic-Gvozden, T., Stevanovic, N., & Neumann, C. S. (2018). The relationship between the Dark Tetrad and a two-dimensional view of empathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 123, 125–130.

Pajevic, M., Batinic, B., & Stevanovic, N. (2017). Subtypes of homicide offenders based on psychopathic traits. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry55, 45–53.