Project Description

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Department of Criminology
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel
Room 4B311
sdecoene@vub.ac.be

Stef Decoene obtained his PhD in Psychology in 1992, involving experimental and statistical approaches to measurement and perception. He received a K.U.Leuven and then N.F.W.O. post-doc research mandate, before starting in 1997 as a correctional psychologist at the Department of Justice, Psychosocial Prison Services. He remained with the K.U.Leuven psychology department as an academic consultant, developing a practice-based research line centering on (the development of) psychopathy, risk assessment, and micro-criminogenic offense explanations.
After a ten-year academic hiatus, he was appointed part-time lecturer at the V.U.B. Criminology Department with a research interest in the intersection between risk management and decision making, desistance, (non-)compliance, and rehabilitation.
He engages extensively with training adult and juvenile treatment settings’ staff in RNR-integrity, risk assessment, offense-centered working alliance, and psychopathy, and has been supervising and supporting teams in change management from clinical-psychological and welfare perspectives to offense-centered what-works interventions (notably in the Flemish Youth Community Institutions).

Current teaching:
Criminologische Psychologie (Criminological Psychology)
Forensische Psychologie (Forensic Psychology)

Previous education:
Master in Psychology; Doctor in de Psychology; Aggregate for Teaching