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Dr. Ivan is the Head of the Local, Regional and Global Security Research Unit within the National Institute for Intelligence Studies, a member of the Editorial Board of the Romanian Journal for Intelligence Studies and a Junior Lecturer on The Psychology of Terrorism. She has a PhD from University of Bucharest on the topic of inter media translations of violent religious extremism imagery in the British discursive space (2000-2010). Over the past 6 years she has specialized in applied research of radicalization and terrorism, taking part in various national and European funded projects targeting an enhanced understanding and early detection of radicalization, as well as designing both preventive and countering interventions (best practices toolbox).