Dr Katie Dhingra
About Dr Katie Dhingra
Katie Dhingra is a Senior Lecturer in Criminological Psychology. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her primary research interests relate to suicidal behaviour, psychological responses to trauma, and psychopathy and violence among criminal offenders.
Katie completed her PhD at The University of Sheffield in 2012. She joined Leeds Beckett University in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminological Psychology, having previously worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield.
Her main research interest lies in the application of theoretical models to enhance our understanding of behaviour (suicide and criminal behaviour).
She is the Editor-in-Chief (September 2015 – present) of the Journal of Criminal Psychology (ISSN 2009-3829) published by Emerald Publishing Group Ltd. She also serves on the Editorial boards of Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour, and regularly reviews for a variety of high-impact behavioral, psychological, and criminological journals. She is a member of a number of international specialized Societies and Associations in her fields of interest and expertise.
Katie is module leader for the following modules:
- Psychology and Crime
- Social Psychology and Crime
Katie's current research interests and publications include self-injurious thoughts and behaviours (suicide and non-suicidal self-injury), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, psychopathy, criminal cognitions, recidivism, and homicidal behaviour. Her approach to research is quantitative and she has a particular interest in structural equation modelling and latent class analysis.
As a Principal Investigator, she has conducted research examining:
- Suicide among university students.
- The nature and structure of psychopathy as a clinical condition.
- The role of psychopathy in understanding violent and non-violent criminal behaviour.
- The relationship between psychopathy and self-injurious thoughts and behaviour.
She has also collaborated on research focusing on:
- The psychosocial factors predicting recidivistic offending.
- The role of personality, familial and peer-related characteristics in homicidal offending.
- Suicide ideation and attempts among young offenders in Pakistan.
- Attitudes toward seeking mental health services among police officers.
Katie is currently examining:
- Suicidal Behaviour in university students, nurses, and ex-offenders.
- The relationship between psychological/social/clinical factors and suicidal behaviour among prisoners.
- Stress and trauma-related disorders among current and former prison staff.
Katie's research has been funded by a number of internal and external sources including the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (NETSPAR), The University of Huddersfield Business School Research Fund, the University of Sheffield Research Fund, the Polish Prison Service, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).