Jun-Prof. Dr. Leen Vereenooghe

Leen Vereenooghe
Room: T4-144

Address: Psychological Interventions in Inclusive Settings (AE16)
Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences
Bielefeld University | PO-Box 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany

Tel.: +49 521 106-67521
Email:
leen.vereenooghe(at)uni-bielefeld.de

 

Research profile

I am a Junior Professor of Psychological Interventions in Inclusive Settings at Bielefeld University. My research interests were shaped by my educational and professional background in special needs education and clinical psychology and focus on improving the mental well-being of people with disabilities. I am particularly interested in the provision of psychological therapies to people with intellectual disabilities. Evidently, prevention of mental health problems would be ideal and as such I am also conducting research into childhood bullying.

 

Past and present research projects

  • Bullying in inclusive schools: Who participates in bullying in inclusive classes and are specific participant roles associated with special needs status, self-perception, attitudes toward inclusive education, and emotional and behavioural difficulties?
  • Assessment of mental health problems and mental well-being in individuals with severe intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Funded by Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. Host institution: CEDAR, University of Warwick.
  • Psychological and pharmacological interventions for people with severe intellectual disabilities and mental health problems: A systematic review. Funded by Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. Host institution: CEDAR, University of Warwick.
  • Intellectual disability and computers in therapy: Exploring the views of service users and clinical psychologists
  • Development and evaluation of a computerised training paradigm in cognitive behaviour therapy skills for adults with intellectual disabilities

 

Main publications

Vereenooghe, L., Gega, L., & Langdon, P. E. (2017). Intellectual disability and computers in therapy: views of service users and clinical psychologists. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 11(1), Article 11. http://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CP2017-1-11

Vereenooghe, L., Gega, L., Reynolds, S., & Langdon, P. E. (2016). Using computers to teach people with intellectual disabilities to perform some of the tasks used within cognitive behavioural therapy: A randomised experiment. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 76, 13–23. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.str.2014.12.012

Vereenooghe, L., Reynolds, S., Gega, L., & Langdon, P. E. (2015). Can a computerised training paradigm assist people with intellectual disabilities to learn cognitive mediation skills? A randomised experiment. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 71, 10–19. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2015.05.007

Vereenooghe, L., & Langdon, P. E. (2013). Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(11), 4085–4102. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.08.030

 

Brief cv

Professional

  • 2016-present: Junior Professor of Psychological Interventions in Inclusive Settings, Bielefeld University
  • 2015-2016: Research Fellow, Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), University of Warwick (UK)
  • 2013-2014: Assistant Tutor, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • 2007: Special Needs Educator, Tehuizen voor Nazorg, Hasselt (Belgium)

Educational

  • 2015: PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • 2011: Master of Science, Psychology - Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • 2009: Erasmus, Psychology, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • 2009: Bachelor Psychology, University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • 2007: Bachelor Special Needs Education, University College Leuven (KHLim, Belgium)