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Professor Devon L L Polaschek

Joint Director, New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science; Professor, Psychology

Qualifications: DipClinPsych Canterbury, PhD Victoria

(devon.polaschek@waikato.ac.nz)

About Devon

Devon Polaschek is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. Her interests are in causes and prevention strategies for criminal behaviour. She is also the joint director, with Dr Trevor Drage, of the Institute of Security and Crime Science.

Expertise

Psychology

criminal behaviour violent offending imprisonment parole sexual offending offender rehabilitation offender reintegration family violence perpetrators what works with offenders

Research Interests

Theory, intervention, intervention evaluation with serious violent and sexual offenders, family violence perpetrators. I am currently interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of family violence perpetration, burglary, and psychopathy.

Recent publications

Polaschek, D. L. L., Day, A., & Hollin, C. R. (Eds)., (2019). The Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Chichester, Wiley.

Polaschek, D. (2016). Responding to perpetrators of family violence. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland.

Breetzke, G., Curtis-Ham, S. & Polaschek, D.L L. (2019). Does crime count? Investigating the association between neighborhood-level crime and recidivism in high-risk parolees. Applied Geography, 102, 20-27.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.11.002

Muirhead, J, Fortune, C., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2018). Risky business: Evaluating the dynamic risk assessment for offender re-entry for use with New Zealand youth. Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 6(2), 81-86.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2018). Women offenders: Another look at the evidence. Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 6(1), 57-61.

Polaschek, D. L. L., Yesberg, J. A., & Chauhan, P. (2018). A year without a conviction: An integrated examination of potential mechanisms for successful re-entry in high-risk violent prisoners. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 425-446, DOI: 10.1177/0093854817752757

Polaschek, D. L. L. & Yesberg, J. A . (2018). High-risk violent prisoners’ patterns of change on parole on the DRAOR’s dynamic risk and protective factors. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 340-363. DoI 10.1177/0093854817739928

Kroner, D.G., Polaschek, D. L. L., Serin, R. C., & Skeem, J. L. (2017). An exploration of the symmetry between crime-causing and crime-reducing factors: Implications for delivery of offender services. Psychological Services. Doi: 10.1037/ser0000199

Breetzke, G. D., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Moving Home: Examining the Independent Effects of Individual- And Neighborhood-Level Residential Mobility on Recidivism in High-Risk Parolees. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology published online October 11, 2017.  Doi: 10.1177/0306624X17735985

Bell, R. K .  & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Do high-risk prisoners entering treatment have clinically impaired cognitive impulse control? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24, 576-593. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1256016

Yang, M., Guo, B., Olver, M., Polaschek, D. L. L., and Wong, S. (2017).  Assessing associations between changes in risk and subsequent re-offending: An introduction to relevant statistical models. Criminal Justice and Behavior44, 59-84.  DOI: 10.1177/0093854816678648

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Protective factors, correctional treatment and desistance. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 32, 64-70.  doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2016.12.005

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2016). Do relationships matter? Examining the quality of Probation Officers’ interactions with parolees in preventing recidivism. Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 4(1) 5-9.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2016). Desistance and dynamic risk factors belong together. Psychology, Crime and Law, 22, 171–189. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2015.1114114

Polaschek, D. L. L., Yesberg, J. A ., Bell, R. K. , Casey, A. R ., & Dickson, S. R. (2016). Intensive psychological treatment of high-risk violent offenders: Outcomes and pre-release mechanisms. Psychology, Crime and Law, 22, 344-365. Doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2015.1109088

Polaschek, D. L. L. , Day, A., Hollin, C. R. (2019). Correctional psychology: A short history and current standing. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). The psychology of violent offending. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). The psychology of desistance. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Treatment outcome evaluations: How do we know what works?  In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Interventions to reduce recidivism in adult violent offenders. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Davies, S., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Recognizing the importance of effective practices in community correctional supervision. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. & Day, A. (2019). Correctional psychology: Contemplating the future. In D. L. L. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. R. Hollin (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Violent offender treatment approaches. In R. D. Morgan (Ed.)., The Sage Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Violent offender treatment outcomes. In R. D. Morgan (Ed.)., The Sage Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Treatment change. In R. D. Morgan (Ed.)., The Sage Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.

Dixon, L. & Polaschek, D. L. L. (in press). An evidenced approach to the assessment and treatment of intimate partner aggression. In J. Ireland (Ed.)., International Handbook on Aggression. Chichester: Wiley.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). Aggression, violence and psychopathy. In N Brewer and A. Bradfield Douglas (Eds.), Psychological Science and the Law (pp. 367-394)New York, Guilford.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2018). The treatment of psychopathy.  In M. DeLisi (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime (pp. 610-634). New York, NY: Routledge.

Polaschek, D. L. L., & Skeem, J. L. (2018). Treatment of psychopathy in adults and juveniles. In C. Patrick (Ed.), Handbook of psychopathy (2nd ed.), (pp. 710-731).  New York: Guilford.

Polaschek, D. L. L., & Blackwood, K. M. (2018). Treating sex offenders in prison. In J. Wooldredge & P. Smith (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment (pp. 473-501). NY:OUP.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Prevention of recidivism in violent and aggressive offenders. In P. Sturmey (Ed.)., The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Corrections in New Zealand. In K. R. Kerley H. Copes, S. De Li, J. Lane, & S. F. Sharp (Eds)., The Encyclopedia of Corrections. NY: Wiley-Blackwell. Doi: 10.1002/9781118845387.wbeoc127

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Violent offender programs. In K. R. Kerley H. Copes, S. De Li, J. Lane, & S. F. Sharp (Eds)., The Encyclopedia of Corrections. NY: Wiley-Blackwell. 10.1002/9781118845387.wbeoc089

Fortune, C.-A. & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Therapeutic Communities. In K. R. Kerley H. Copes, S. De Li, J. Lane, & S. F. Sharp (Eds)., The Encyclopedia of Corrections. NY: Wiley-Blackwell. 10.1002/9781118845387.wbeoc027

Polaschek, D. L. L. (2017). Reporting change. In S. Brown, E. Bowen, & D. Prescott (Eds.), The Forensic Psychologists’ Report Writing Guide (pp. 91-102)Abingdon, Oxon, UK:Routledge.

Polaschek. D. L. L. (2016). The offence and relapse process. In T. Ward & A. R. Beech (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of theories, assessment and treatment of sexual offending, Volume 1. Theories.  (pp. 313-336). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Tamatea, A. J., Lascelles, N., & Polaschek, D. L .L. (2016). Criminal Justice Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Issues for practitioners. In W. W. Waitoki, J. S. Feather, N. R. Robertson, & J. J. Rucklidge (Eds)., Professional Practice of Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand 3rd Ed. (pp. 463-476). Wellington, NZ: NZPsS.

Featured Publications

Forthcoming Publications

Recent Publications

  • Yesberg, J. A., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2019). How does offender rehabilitation actually work? Exploring mechanisms of change in high-risk treated parolees. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. doi:10.1177/0306624X19856221

  • Polaschek, D. L. L., Day, A., & Hollin, C. R. (2019). The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Jolliffe Simpson, A., Moore, L., Joshi, C., & Polaschek, D. (2019). Perpetrators of family harm serving correctional sentences: Risk profiles and incident characteristics. Poster session presented at the meeting of 4th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (NACCJPAC). Halifax, Canada.

  • Breetzke, G. D., Polaschek, D. L. L., & Curtis-Ham, S. (2019). Does crime count? Investigating the association between neighbourhood-level crime and recidivism in high-risk parolees. Applied Geography, 102, 20-27. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.11.002

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Papers Taught

Supervision

My research students are conducting projects on family harm, on traumatic brain injury and compliance with the requirements of community sentences, and on people at high risk of violence and what helps them to live better lives and be less involved in violence and crime.

Associations and Memberships

Contact Details

Email: devon.polaschek@waikato.ac.nz
Room: J.1.03
Phone: +64-7-837-9224