Scientific Staff

Geurts, R (Renate)



Assistant Professor

Presence:                Mo. / Tu.
Building:                  Cubicus, room C234
Telephone:              489 7770
Secretary:               +31 (0)53 – 489 5279 (room C243a):        


My areas of interest cover criminal, legal, and investigative psychology. These areas aim to understand the psychology of crime prevention (e.g. What markers precede violence?), criminal investigations (e.g. How to interview suspects and witnesses), and legal decision-making (e.g. How do judges evaluate evidence?). My field of expertise is threat assessment and management—a field concerned with persons who are believed to pose a threat of violence (e.g. potential terrorists, school shooters, stalkers of public figures). Is it possible to foresee planned acts of violence? And what can be done to intervene?

I obtained my PhD within the House of Legal psychology ( From 2009-2014, I served as a criminal investigator with the Dutch Police (Landelijke Recherche). I am currently a board member of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP).

 Areas of expertise

  • Legal / investigative psychology
  • Criminal investigations
  • Threat assessment
  • Threat management
  • Investigative interviewing


  • Research Practical [code]
  • Psychology and Crime [code]
  • Supervision of Master theses [code]


 Board member of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP),            


Geurts, R., Granhag, P. A., Ask, K., & Vrij, A. (2016). Taking threats to the lab: Introducing an experimental paradigm for studying verbal threats. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 3, 53-64. doi: 10.1037/tam0000060

Geurts, R., Ask, K., Granhag, P. A., & Vrij, A. (2017). Eliciting information from people who pose a threat: Counter-interview strategies examined. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6, 158-166. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2016.10.002

Geurts, R., Granhag, P. A., Ask, K., & Vrij, A. (2017). Assessing threats of violence: Professional skill or common sense? Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1002/jip.1486

Geurts, R. (2017). Interviewing to assess and manage threats of violence. (Doctoral dissertation). Accessible via