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Linda Geven

Assistant professor

Dr. L.M. Geven
+31 71 527 2727

Linda Geven (1992) is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology since February 2020.

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Linda Geven works as an Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Department of Criminology at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel (2015-2019). Her doctoral research focused on the conditions and implications of memory detection in the investigative process. During her Ph.D., Linda also conducted research on false confessions in suspect interrogations under the supervision of Saul Kassin at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Subsequently, she was appointed as a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam.

Linda is the secretary of the European Association of Psychology and Law and regularly serves as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for various international scientific journals. She has presented her work at international conferences, been interviewed for magazines such as New Scientist, and featured in television programs such as TopDoks and Klaas kan alles.


Her research area is legal psychology, an applied discipline that examines social and cognitive processes playing a role in truth-finding in the criminal justice system. Her academic publications cover the field of deception detection, judicial decision-making, and police interrogations. She focuses, among other things, on factors influencing the reliability of police interrogations and how false confessions occur and be prevented. Furthermore, she researches how (irrelevant) information can unconsciously influence judicial decision-making and how deception detection based on psychophysiological and behavioral measures can validly distinguish between guilty and innocent suspects.

In 2022, Linda has received a Veni grant from the NWO for research on false confessions. In 2023, she also received a starter grant for research on the role of legal psychological knowledge in Dutch criminal law, and won the Gratama science prize. Linda is a co-founder of the European Registry of Exonerations (EUREX), supported by the Leids University Fund (LUF) and the University Fund Limburg (SWOL).


Linda Geven coordinates the courses ‘Inleiding Cold Cases' and ‘Verdieping Cold Cases'. Additionally, she supervises master's theses.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie
  • Criminologie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B3.36



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