Applied Forensic Psychology

Focus and objectives

The expertise cell Applied Forensic Psychology aims to promote and disseminate knowledge on forensic psychological and criminological issues. The cell bases its operation on three axes: research, training and education, and social services.

In her research, the expertise unit focuses primarily on promoting knowledge about violence and victimisation. The unit specialises in practice-oriented research into the characteristics of various forms of violence such as sexual violence, partner violence and stalking, as well as the underlying mechanisms of violent behaviour. In addition, the cell seeks to develop and optimize state-of-the-art tools for the prediction and prevention of violence.

A second axis concerns training and education. The unit organises various educational activities for students within the Thomas More University of Applied Psychology bachelor’s programme and opens up as an internship placement for students from relevant fields of study (e. g. Psychology, Criminology). The unit has also played an important role in the development of expertise among professionals in the forensic field for a number of years by organizing various seminars, multi-day conferences and/or training sessions on relevant themes. The cell has also been coordinating the biennial postgraduate Forensic Psychodiagnostics & Counseling since 2010.

In addition to research and education, social services are the third important axis. The expertise cell offers tailor-made training courses and lectures. The expertise unit is also available for scientific, methodological and/or practice-oriented support to organisations as emergency services, the police and policy makers. Upon request, the unit provides evidence-based advice on specific cases, the implementation of evidence-based assessment and intervention tools relevant and policy considerations.

Research internship at the expertise unit?

Do you have a passion for forensic psychology and/or criminology? Would you like to participate in our research and service projects and be part of a dynamic team? Then we can offer you an interesting and varied internship. Interested in a research internship? Contact Tine Vertommen. Only for students of the master’s degree programme in Psychological or Criminological Sciences.

Lectures, diagnostic examinations, and tailored advice

Do you want to organize a lecture on a forensic psychological theme at your department? Would you like scientific advice on a case or methodological advice for a project? Would you like to have an evidence-based expert study carried out? Contact Tine Vertommen for more information or a quotation. Possible subjects are: psychopathy, sexual violence, forensic psychodiagnostics (including risk assessment, psychopathy & dimensional personality diagnostics), victims of (sexual) violence (in sport), stalking, partner violence, & vulnerable suspects. In addition, we can be called in for an expert study of both young people and adults.


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