Miet Vanderhallen (M.)
Professional career history
Dr. Miet Vanderhallen received a bachelor degree in social work in 1996 followed by a master degree in criminology in 1999 at K.U.Leuven. In September 2007 she obtained her PhD ‘The working alliance in police interviewing’. From 2007 she joined the Faculty of Law at Antwerp university and is currently an associate professor in legal psychology. From 2008 she is appointed as an assistant professor criminlogy/legal psychology at the law faculty of Maastricht University.
She supervised the PHD of Bastiaan Leeuw (Punish, seduce and persuade: an empirical assessment of anti-piracy interventions) together with prof. dr. Hans Nelen and is currenlty supervising (with prof. dr. Hans Nelen) the PhD research of Kim Geurtjens on Outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.
Previously Miet Vanderhallen was involved in various research project among others research on cross-border police cooperation, the value of police interviews, inside police custody, prevention torture in the PRC, and legal assistance provided by paralegals.
Together with dr. Dorris de Vocht en prof. dr. Michele Panzavolta she coordinated the European project on Protecting young suspects in interrogation. She was involved in the research group on the European project SUPRALAT in which a European training for providing legal assistance at the police station was developped. She became a member of the team that supervises Supralat in Flanders, on behalf of the Flemish Bar Association.
She is currently involved in the European project EmpRiSe on the 'Right to Silence and Related Rights in Pre-Trial Suspects Interrogations in the EU: Legal and Empirical Study and Promoting Best Practice'. Besides she coordinates together with dr. Jenny Schell an international police survey on the perceptions of interviewers regarding suspect interviews.
Miet Vanderhallen is co-author of various peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books within the field of crimonology and legal psychology, particularly on investigative interviewing and she is a review editor for Frontiers for Psychology. She regularly presents at (inter)national conferences. Besides she is a member of the general assembly of the Centre for Police studies and a member of the European Association on Psychology and Law, and of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group.
Miet Vanderhallen teaches legal psychology courses and supervises the cold case project together with dr. Robert Horselenberg. Zij is the coordinator of the internships for the research group Criminal law and Criminology and coordinator of the Master Forensics, Criminology and Criminal Law together with prof. dr. Hans Nelen en prof. dr. Jacques Claessen.
Miet also delivers professional training to police and lawyers, provides consultancy to legal professionals and acts as an expert-witness.