Universität Bielefeld

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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

My research interests are shaped by my educational and professional background in special needs education and clinical psychology and are generally focused on improving the mental well-being of people with disabilities. 

 

Ongoing research projects

  • Interpersonal conflicts in children and young people with special educational needs (SEN)
    • RAISE Project: Can teacher training in restorative approaches improve the relationships between students with and without SEN, and between students (with and without SEN) and their teachers?
    • What is the extent of hostile attribution bias and its association with aggression, bullying and internalising problems in children and young people with and without special educational needs in inclusive schools?
    • How do students with special educational needs affect the bullying dynamic? 
  • Improving the mental well-being of people with intellectual disabilities
    • Development and evaluation of a tablet application to improve the mental well-being of people with intellectual disabilities
    • To what extent does psychotherapy training in Germany accounts for the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

 

Past research projects

  • 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., Flynn, S., Hastings, R.P., Adams, D., Chauhan, U., Cooper, S.-A., ... Waite, J. (2018). Interventions for mental health problems in children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 8 (6). e021911. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021911

Flynn, S., Vereenooghe, L., Hastings, R.P., Adams, D., Cooper, S.-A., Gore, N., ... Waite, J. (2017). Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 32-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.08.006 

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://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)