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Stef Decoene

  • Keywords:Law (incl. notarial studies)
  • Disciplines:Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
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    Stef Decoene (°27/11/1962) obtained his doctor’s degree in Psychology in 1992, entitled “The perceptual representation of phoneme and syllable categories. An experimental investigation of the basic speech unit in speech perception” (K.U. Leuven, Promotor: Dr. G. Govaerts), involving experimental and statistical approaches to measurement issues and perception. He received a K.U.Leuven and then N.F.W.O. post-doc research mandate before starting in 1997 as a full-time forensic psychologist at the Department of Justice, Psychosocial Prison Services.

    While working with (high-risk) adult offenders, he experienced at close hand the need for the systematic implementation of scientific knowledge in order to effectively and fairly balance risk management, offender guidance, and supporting desistance. Meanwhile, he remained affiliated 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 microcriminogenic offense explanations, and co- supervising master’s theses. In 2004 he took up a part-time post-doc in a research project ‘the intensive residential treatment of juvenile delinquents wit psychiatric comorbidity’, which made even clearer the need for (and problems with) effective knowledge transfer to clinical settings unacquainted with (juvenile) offender rehabilitation.

    After a ten-year academic hiatus, he was appointed as a part-time lecturer at the V.U.Brussel (research group Criminology) with a research interest in the intersection between risk management, desistance, (non-)compliance, and rehabiliation. 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. Together with Stijn Vandevelde (co-supervisor of the current research proposal), he is involved in supporting evidence-based change management regard to the systematic implementation of an RNR/GLM-based approach in the Flemish youth community institutions.