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Dion is currently the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons): Criminology with Psychology degree. He has been a Lecturer in Psychology and Offending Behaviour within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since November 2021. His main research interests focus on Criminal Psychology, with his PhD exploring the differences between commuter and marauder serial offender profiles within the application of geographic profiling. 

In his lecturing role, Dion is involved at lecturing at all levels throughout the University, from lecture and seminar leading at undergraduate level, to supervising post-graduates. He is currently module coordinator for Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and Offending Behaviour, and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Dion is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society.

Prior to joining the department, Dion was a partner in CrimePsych. 

Research Interests

Dion continues research within the space of Offender Profiling, with special interest in the application of Geoprofiling. His research branches out into Behavioural (Psychological) Profiling, Linguistic Profiling, Victim Profiling, Crime Scene (& linkage) Profiling, and Community Profiling.

In addition, Dion has special research interests in Psychologcal constructs that lead to Offending, Human Trafficking, and Forensic Psychology & Mental Health.

Teaching Responsibilities

Dion is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Offending Behaviour, and teaches across the following areas:

  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Contemporary Terrorism & Global Response
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Researching Criminology
  • Black Criminology
  • Psychology and Security
  • Crime and Society
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Offender Profiling
  • Psychology and Offending Behaviour
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing (ProfPol)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Geographic Profiling of Serial Commuter Rapists: Potential & Pitfalls, University of South Africa

Award Date: 17 May 2017

Master of Science, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 1 Sept 2012

BA (Hons), University of South Africa

Award Date: 17 Apr 2002

BSc, Rhodes University

Award Date: 16 Apr 1992

External positions

Director, CrimePsych

1 Sept 2018 → …


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