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Dion has been a Teaching Fellow in 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 profiles within the application of geographic profiling. 

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

Prior to joining the department, Dion was partner in CrimePsych. Outside teaching, Dion is a volunteer football coach, focusing on high performance behaviour.

Research Interests

Dion continues research within the space of Offender Profiling, with special interest in the application of Geoprofiling. My 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 Human Trafficking, and Forensic Psychology & Mental Health.

Teaching Responsibilities

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

  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
  • Contemporary Terrorism
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Researching Criminology
  • Black Criminology

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., University of South Africa

Award Date: 17 May 2017

Master of Science

Award Date: 1 Sep 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 Sep 2018 → …


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