Dr. Youngs currently works with Professor Canter
directing a series of recently won research projects looking at a variety
of crimes and criminals. These studies explore a range of Investigative
topics from the Geographical Profiling of Burglary, to Street Robbery,
Youth Crime and Antisocial behaviour, Fraudulent Crime Reporting, Insurance
Fraud and the Social Networks of Prolific Offenders. A further study
is exploring the Prostitution in particular violence against Prostitutes
from an Investigative perspective. Dr. Youngs and Professor Canter lead
a team of 8 researchers interviewing offenders both in and out of prison,
as well as working with police forces and other agencies to collect
data on patterns of offending.
Donna has been a part of the Centre for Investigative Psychology since
the early days, joining shortly after Professor Canter had first begun
helping the police and defining the scientific discipline of Investigative
Psychology- and establishing the Centre for Investigative Psychology
as the first place in the world where this can be studied. Donna won
ESRC awards to study for both her M.Sc. and Ph.d. degrees. Her work
has been presented nationally and internationally. In relation to the
course, her role is as Placement Tutor and she is also able to provide
academic guidance and assistance.
In addition to her current research, Donna's specialist areas and research
interests extend to Criminal Specialisation, Differentiation and Consistency,
Self-reports of Crime, the relationship between Personality and Criminal
Style and the psychological analysis of Threat and Extortion letters.