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Professor Devon Polaschek

Role:                     Professor of Psychology and of Security and Crime Science
Faculty:                FASS
Department:      Psychology

Research Expertise

  • Sexual and Violent offending, offender rehabilitation, psychology of criminal behaviour, programme evaluation, family violence perpetration,
  • Offender rehabilitation, reintegration and parole
  • Imprisonment

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • PSYC508 The Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • MSc in Security and Crime Science

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • None yet at University of Waikato
  • Member of the Accreditation Committee of the NZ Psychologists’ Board
  • Editorial Board member Criminal Justice and Behavior, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Psychology Crime and Law, Legal and Criminological Psychology.


  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (2013)
  • Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award (2014-2015): Visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York.
  • Victoria University Research Excellence Award (February 2014)
  • Hunter Award, New Zealand Psychological Society (2016), for lifetime excellence in scholarship, research, and professional achievement in psychology.


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