Dennis Howitt's was a graduate of Brunel University and the University of Sussex. His research career began with the study of mass communications but has developed into a broader interest in the application of psychology to social issues.
His primary research areas are:
- the effects of mass communications especially with reference to crime, violence and pornography
- racism and the profession of psychology
- paedophiles and sex offenders, child abuse
- forensic psychology
He is a chartered (forensic) psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
His publications also include books on statistics, computing and methods.
- Howitt, D. (1992). Child abuse errors. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
- Howitt, D., and Owusu-Bempah, K. (1994). The racism of psychology. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
- Howitt, D. (1995). Paedophiles and sexual offences against children. Chichester: Wiley.
- Howitt, D. (1998). Crime, the media and the law. Chichester: Wiley.
- Howitt, D. & Cramer, D. (1999). A guide to computing statistics with SPSS Release 8 for Windows. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf
- Howitt, D. & Cramer, D. (2000). An introduction to statistics in psychology: A complete guide for students (2nd ed.). Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall
- Howitt, D. & Cramer, D. (2000). First steps in research and statistics: A practical workbook for psychology students. London: Routledge
- Owusu-Bempah, K., and Howitt, D. (2000 in press). Psychology beyond Western perspectives. Leicester: British Psychological Society