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Dr Donna Youngs is a Research Leader and Associate Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology (IRCIP). She has researched in the field of Investigative Psychology (IP) for the last ten years, helping shape its development. Her research addresses core IP issues, attempting to establish psychological correlates of offending styles, model criminal differentiation and establish the theoretical bases of offence specialisation. She has recently finalised books on Geographical Offender Profiling and has recently finished the first major text on Investigative Psychology (all with David Canter). Dr Youngs’ keynote address to the European Association of Psychology and Law explored contemporary challenges in Investigative Psychology with particular reference to the complexities inherent within the Canter Offender Profiling (A-C) Equations.

Dr Youngs has provided expert psychological consultancy to the commercial sector on diverse aspects of forensic psychology, criminal psychology and investigative psychology including fraud and the detection of deception, stalking and carjacking. She acts as First Junior to Professor Canter in legal cases relating to expert psychological testimony on offender profiling in court, false rape allegations, entrapment, eyewitness evidence, harassment and forensic psycholinguistics (questioned authorship). Dr Youngs is course director for the MSc Investigative Psychology and runs the IRCIP Doctoral Programme with Professor Canter.

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Crime Medicine & Life Sciences
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Research Output 2003 2019

Exploring an agency-communion model of identity transformation in recovery from substance misuse

Rowlands, D., Youngs, D. & Canter, D., 4 May 2019, In : Journal of Substance Use. 24, 3, p. 265-272 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social factors
11 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Sex Difference in Homicide: Comparing Male and Female Violent Crimes in Korea

Youngs, D., Tkazky, S. & Sea, J., 9 Nov 2017, In : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 62, 1, p. 3408-3435

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sex Characteristics
2 Citations (Scopus)

Towards a measure of kindness: An exploration of a neglected interpersonal trait

Canter, D., Youngs, D. & Yaneva, M., 1 Feb 2017, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 106, p. 15-20 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Report
Multivariate Analysis

Crime and society

Canter, D. & Youngs, D., 1 Oct 2016, In : Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 11, 4, p. 283-288 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

social science
social effects

Activities 2009 2016

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Legal and Criminological Psychology (Journal)

Donna Youngs (Reviewer)
1 Sep 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Wiley-Blackwell (Publisher)

Donna Youngs (Reviewer)
4 Nov 201520 Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

The criminal narrative experience

Maria Ioannou (Speaker), David Canter (Speaker), Donna Youngs (Speaker)
11 Jun 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Criminal Narrative Experience

Maria Ioannou (Speaker), David Canter (Speaker), Donna Youngs (Speaker)
11 Jun 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The geospatial patterning of insurgent activity in Al Basra, Iraq

Laura Hammond (Speaker), David Canter (Speaker), Donna Youngs (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker)
10 Apr 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Murder, Mystery and My Family

Donna Youngs


2 items of media coverage, 1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hunted (Channel 4 TV)

Donna Youngs


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment