USC graduate Tayla Dangerfield is now applying her in-depth understanding of the psychology behind criminal behaviour to her role as a case manager at Queensland Corrective Services.
“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.
“I also wanted a role that enabled me to work face-to-face with clients and deal with new cases and challenges every day.
“A key highlight of my time at USC was being selected to complete a student placement with the Queensland Police Service’s Intelligence and Covert Services Command.
“This work-integrated experience included conducting research for the State Intelligence Group, which provides the Police Service with intelligence to assist in preventing, investigating and reducing crime and other risks to community safety.
“I now work full time as a case manager at Community Corrections in Brisbane, supervising and supporting clients on probation and parole in the community.
“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.
“My developmental psychology studies have particularly enabled me to better understand the ongoing impacts of childhood trauma.”