Hervey Bay graduate intrigued by psychology of criminal behaviour

A FORMER Xavier Catholic College student is applying her understanding of the psychology behind criminal behaviour in her role as a case manager at Queensland Correctional Services.

Former Xavier Catholic College student Tayla Dangerfield is using her Psychology and Criminology studies to better understand factors driving criminal behaviour. PHOTO: Supplied.

Tayla Dangerfield received a University Commendation for Academic Excellence when she graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

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Tayla graduated with a double degree in Social Science (Psychology) and Criminology and Justice.

“I combined my study of Psychology with Criminology because I have a desire to help people and am interested in the way the human mind operates, particularly what drives criminal behaviour,” Tayla said.

She said she wanted a role that would enable her to work face-to-face with clients and deal with new cases and challenges every day.

“I have been fortunate to find this after being offered a full-time position as a case manager at Community Corrections in Brisbane, supervising and supporting clients on probation and parole in the community,” explained Tayla.

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The four-year combined degree – offered at USC’s Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast campuses – provides students with insights into the motivations and consequences of criminal behaviour, and the application of psychology to understand crime. 

Tayla said she was now applying the theoretical, interpersonal and practical skills she gained through her studies on a daily basis.

“My main interest area is the effect of childhood experiences on psychological development and abnormal psychologies, such as personality disorders and the effects of extensive substance use.”

She said developmental psychology studies have helped her better understand the ongoing impacts of childhood trauma.

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In addition to her coursework, Tayla also took on volunteer work with Crime Stoppers during her studies.

Meanwhile, applications to study at USC in Semester 2 are now open.

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