Professor David Canter

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Professor David CanterProfessor David Canter, the internationally renowned applied social researcher and criminal psychologist, is perhaps most widely known as one of the pioneers of "Offender Profiling" In this, Professor Canter's conviction that any contributions made by psychologists and other social scientists to the police investigation or the legal process must have an empirical, scientific basis has led him to create the discipline of Investigative Psychology.

Professor David Canter PhD, AcSS, FAPA, FBPsS, FRSM, FRSA, CPsychol is Executive Director International Centre for Investigative Psychology and President of the Int. Academy for Investigative Psychology

Over the last 20 years Professor Canter has been prolific in mapping out Investigative Psychology opening up thinking on the psychology of criminal actions and the ways in which this can inform police investigations and the courts. He has published over 20 books and 200 articles in learned journals on topics such as detection of deception and fraud, psychology of terrorism (suicide bombing), geographical offender profiling, facet methodology, criminal networks, forensic psycholinguistics, serial killing, arson, rape, criminal investigations, police interviewing and the psychology of criminal emotional experience and criminals' life stories or narratives etc. For a selection of his work please see http:// to his personal webpage). He has supervised more than 60 Ph.d students.

Professor Canter is frequently asked to contribute to strategic policing issues at national and international levels. He has provided expert evidence in diverse legal cases of international significance.

David's award winning (US Anthony Award; Crime Writer's Association Golden Dagger Award) account of the development of the science behind "offender profiling" and "geographical offender profiling" can be found in his popular books Criminal Shadows as well as Mapping Murder, which he also presented as a 6 part documentary series for Channel 5.

Prof Canter regularly appears on national television to provide expert commentary on the psychology of crime, such as BBC Newsnight discussing the serial murder of prostitutes in Suffolk and BBC NEWS 24 and CNN discussing the Virginia Tech. Killings. He writes on all aspects of criminal psychology, forensic psychology and offender profiling for the national newspapers, most frequently The Times

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