Jean-Louis van Gelder
Jean-Louis van Gelder is a parttime Professor Criminology at the Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University. He is also director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, Germany.
Jean-Louis van Gelder has degrees in psychology and law and converted to the study crime and delinquent behavior after a stint in urban development research in Buenos Aires, Argentina during his first PhD. His research interests center on the use of novel technologies to study crime and offender rehabilitation, the role of affect and personality factors in criminal decision making, and the role of short-term mindsets as they relate to criminal conduct and other types of self-defeating behavior (e.g., substance use). Currently, virtual reality is increasingly taking center stage in Van Gelder’s research agenda in which virtual environments are used to study criminal decision making. Furthermore, as part of his ERC Consolidator Grant, Van Gelder explores the possibilities of VR technology for offender rehabilitation.
- 2019-present: Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, Germany
- 2018-2019: Full Professor, Dept. of Psychology of Conflict, Risk & Safety, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- 2013-2017: Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam
- 2012: PhD. Psychology, VU University Amsterdam
- 2009-2013: Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam
- 2009: Ph.D. Law, University of Amsterdam
- 2002: M.A. Law, University of Amsterdam
- 1999: M.A. Psychology, University of Amsterdam
Van Gelder was awarded several subsidies over the course of his career, including an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017.
- Siezenga A.M., Mertens E.C.A. & Gelder J.-L. van (2023), A look under the hood: analyzing engagement and usage data of a smartphone-based intervention, BMC Digital Health 1: 45.
- Mertens E.C.A., Siezenga A.M., Schalk J. van der & Gelder J.-L. van (2023), A novel smartphone-based intervention aimed at increasing future orientation via the future self: : A pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a prototype application [Smartphone intervention to foster future orientation], Prevention Science : .
- Mertens E.C.A., Siezenga A.M., Tettero T. & Gelder J.L. van (2022), A future orientation intervention delivered through a smartphone application and virtual reality: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial, BMC Psychology 10: 315.
- Mertens E.C.A., Siezeng A.M. & Gelder J.L. van (2022), Oog in oog met de toekomstige versie van jezelf, Kind en Adolescent Praktijk 21(4): 43-45.
- Weulen Kranenbarg M., Gelder J.L. van, Barends A.J. & Vries R.E. de (2023), Is there a cybercriminal personality? : Comparing cyber offenders and offline offenders on HEXACO personality domains and their underlying facets, Computers in Human Behavior 140: 107576.
- Mertens E.C.A., Schalk J. van der, Siezenga A.M. & Gelder J.L. van (2022), Stimulating a future-oriented mindset and goal attainment through a smartphone-based intervention: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial, Internet Interventions 27: 100509.
- Gelder J.L. van, Cornet L.J.M., Zwalua N.P., Mertens E.C.A. & Schalk J. van der (2022), Interaction with the future self in virtual reality reduces self-defeating behavior in a sample of convicted offenders, Scientific Reports 12: 2254.
- Cornet L.J.M. & Gelder J.L. van (2021), Virtual reality as a research method in criminology. In: Barnes J.C. & Forde D.R. (Eds.) The encyclopedia of research methods in criminology and criminal justice. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 893-900.
- Eisner M., Averdijk M., Kaiser D., Murray A.L., Nivette A., Shanahan L., Gelder J.L. van & Ribeaud D. (2021), The association of polyvictimization with violent ideations in late adolescence and early adulthood: a longitudinal study, Aggressive Behavior 47(4): 472-482.
- Ganschow B., Cornet L., Zebel S. & Gelder J.L. van (2021), Looking back from the future: perspective taking in virtual reality increases future self-continuity, Frontiers in Psychology 12.
- Weulen Kranenbarg M., Ruiter S. & Gelder J.L. van (2021), Do cyber-birds flock together?: Comparing deviance among social network members of cyber-dependent offenders and traditional offenders, European Journal of Criminology 18 (3): 386-406.
- Defoe I.N., Gelder J.L. van, Ribeaud D. & Eisner M. (2021), The co-development of friends’ delinquency with adolescents’ delinquency and short-term mindsets: the moderating role of co-offending, Journal of Youth and Adolescence 50: 1601–1615.
- Fehribach J.R., Toffolo M.B.J., Cornelisz I., Klaveren C. van, Straten A. van, Gelder J.L. van & Donker T. (2021), Virtual reality self-help treatment for aviophobia: protocol for a randomized controlled trial, JMIR Research Protocols 10(4): e22008.
- Cornet L.J. & Gelder J.L. van (2020), Een veelbelovende tool voor risicotaxatie, gedragsinterventie en re-integratie, Sancties (4): 261-267.
- Donker T., Klaveren C. van, Cornelisz I., Kok R.N. & Gelder J.L. van (2020), Analysis of usage data from a self-guided app-based virtual reality cognitive behavior therapy for acrophobia : a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Clinical Medicine 9(6): 1614.
- Sintemaartensdijk I. van, Gelder J.L. van, Prooijen J.W. van, Nee C., Otte M. & Lange P. van (2020), Mere presence of informal guardians deters burglars: a virtual reality study, Journal of Experimental Criminology : 1-20.
- Gelder J.L. van, Averdijk M., Ribeaud D. & Eisner M. (2020), Sanctions, short‐term mind-sets, and delinquency: Reverse causality in a sample of high school youth, Legal and criminological psychology 25(2): 199-218.
- Meenaghan A., Nee C., Gelder J.L. van, Vernham Z. & Otte M. (2020), Expertise, emotion and specialization in the development of persistent burglary, British Journal of Criminology 60(3): 742-761.
- Cornet L.J. & Gelder J.L. van (2020), Virtual reality: a use case for criminal justice practice, Psychology, Crime & Law 26(7): 631-647.
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