Corine de Ruiter
Dr. Corine de Ruiter is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Maastricht University. She also has a private practice — corine.de.ruiter — and provides psychology services and professional training to social, health, and criminal justice agencies tasked with the assessment, management or treatment of individuals who present a risk to themselves or others. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist in The Netherlands.
Her research interests include the relationship between mental disorders and violence, the development and prevention of antisocial behavior in youth, treatment of antisocial behavior disorders in children and adults, and the assessment of risk for future violence, including domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse. Dr. de Ruiter had her research published in national and international peer reviewed journals and she has edited a number of Dutch books in the area of psychological and forensic assessment. From 2009-2014, she served as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. She was President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (www.iafmhs.org) from 2011-2013. In 2015, the book Forensic Psychological Assessment in Practice (authors: Corine de Ruiter and Nancy Kaser-Boyd) will be published by Taylor and Francis.
The scientist-practitioner model is central to her career: her key objective is to improve mental health services through the use of evidence based assessment and treatment methods. Dr. de Ruiter has conducted numerous workshops in The Netherlands and abroad on forensic (risk) assessment and treatment planning. She often serves as an expert witness in criminal court cases on issues such as the relationship between mental disorder and offending behavior, criminal responsibility, false confession, risk of future violence, and required level of supervision and treatment.
She also regularly consults with investigative police services on issues such as interrogation strategy, vulnerability of suspects/witnesses and offender profiling. On this website you will find more information on these and other forensic psychological topics.