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

  • Gwynne, J. L., Yesberg, J. A., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2020). Life on parole: The quality of experiences soon after release contributes to a conviction-free re-entry. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. doi:10.1002/cbm.2182

  • Robson, S., Yesberg, J. A., Wilson, M. S., & Polaschek, D. L. L. (2020). A Fresh Start or the Devil You Know? Examining Relationships Between Release Location Choices, Community Experiences, and Recidivism for High-Risk Parolees. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 64(6-7), 635-653. doi:10.1177/0306624X19877589

  • Stairmand, M., Polaschek, D. L. L., & Dixon, L. (2020). Putting coercive actions in context: Reconceptualizing motives for intimate partner violence perpetration. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 51. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2020.101388

  • Curtis-Ham, S., Bernasco, W., Medvedev, O. N., & Polaschek, D. (2020). A framework for estimating crime location choice based on awareness space. Crime Science, 9(1). doi:10.1186/s40163-020-00132-7 Open Access version:

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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