Professor Devon L L Polaschek

Devon Polaschek

Director, Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science; Professor, Psychology

Qualifications: DipClinPsych Canterbury, PhD Victoria

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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 Director of the Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute of Security and Crime Science (NZISCS).

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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.

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, and correctional psychology.

Recent Publications

  • Davies, S. T., Lloyd, C. D., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2021). Does reassessment enhance the prediction of imminent criminal recidivism? Replicating Lloyd et al. (2020) with high-risk parolees. Assessment, 107319112199321. doi:10.1177/1073191121993216

  • Jolliffe Simpson, A. D., Joshi, C. I., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2021). Predictive Validity of the DYRA and SAFVR: New Zealand Police’s Family Violence Risk Assessment Instruments. Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi:10.1177/0093854821997525

  • Stairmand, M., Dixon, L., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2020). Pathways to family violence: Investigating patterns in the event process of family violence perpetrators. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. doi:10.1177/0306624X20969945

  • Scanlan, J. M., Yesberg, J. A., Fortune, C. A., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2020). Predicting women’s recidivism using the Dynamic Risk Assessment for offender re-entry: Preliminary evidence of predictive validity with community-sentenced women using a “gender-neutral” risk measure. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 47(3), 251-270. doi:10.1177/0093854819896387

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Psychology; Violence

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

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: J.1.03
Phone: +64-7-837-9224