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Dr. Tanja van Veldhuizen

Personal website:


  • Legal Psychology
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Asylum Procedures
  • Credibility Assessments
  • Investigative Interviewing


Member of the support team of the Committee investigating the social safety within the armed forces.

  • Committee: prof. dr. Ellen Giebels (chair), Frans van Oostrum, prof. dr. Kees van den Bos,
  • Support team: dr. Renate Geurts, MSc. Janneke Overduin, dr. Jeannette Quast, dr. Tanja van Veldhuizen

Credibility assessments in legal procedures (2017 – now)

  • In cooperation with dr. Robert Horselenberg (Maastricht University) and MSc. Enide Maegherman (Maastricht University)

Credibility assessments in EU asylum procedures (2013-2017, PHD)

Cross-cultural differences in justice perceptions (2010-2013)


  • UT: research associate
  • Commissie Sociaal Veilige Werkomgeving Defensie (Committee investigating social safety within the armed forces)
  • Lecturer in criminology, Leiden University (starting 15-08-2018)
  • Fellow of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP)
  • Expert within the advisory committee for the research Credibility assessments in asylum cases of religious converts and LHBT’s conducted by the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice and Security (WODC) (February – now) 



  • Maegherman, E., van Veldhuizen, T.S., & Horselenberg, R. (In press). Dropping the anchor: The use of plausibility in credibility assessments. Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.


  • Van Veldhuizen, T.S. (2017). Effectief horen in asielzaken: niet inperken maar uit laten weiden. Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht, 16, 48-58.
  • Van Veldhuizen, T.S. (2017). Where I Come From and How I Got Here: Assessing Credibility in Asylum Cases. Enschede: Gildeprint.
  • Van Veldhuizen, T. S., & Horselenberg, R. (2017). Bewijsproblemen in de asielprocedure. In P. J. van Koppen, J. W. de Keijser, R. Horselenberg, & M. Jelicic (Eds.), Routes van het recht. Over de rechtspsychologie. (pp. 477-489). Den Haag: Boom Juridisch.
  • van Veldhuizen, T. S., Horselenberg, R., Landström, S., Granhag, P. A., & van Koppen, P. J. (2017). Interviewing asylum seekers: A vignette study on the questions asked to assess credibility of claims about origin and persecution. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 14, 3-22. doi:10.1002/jip.1472
  • van Veldhuizen, T. S., Horselenberg, R., Stel, M., Landström, S., Granhag, P. A., & van Koppen, P. J. (2017). The provenance of émigrés: The validity of measuring knowledge of places. Psychology, Crime & Law, 1-45.
  • van Veldhuizen, T. S., Maas, R. P. A. E., Horselenberg, R., & van Koppen, P. J. (2017). Establishing Origin: Analysing the Questions Asked in Asylum Interviews. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1-20. doi:10.1080/13218719.2017.1376607


  • Van den Bos, K., van Veldhuizen, T. S., & Au, A. C. (2015). Counter cross-cultural priming and relative deprivation: the role of individualism–collectivism. Social Justice Research, 28, 52-75. doi: 10.1007/s11211-014-0230-6


  • Van den Bos, K., Buurman, J., De Theije, V., Doosje, B., Loseman, A., Van Laarhoven, D., Van Veldhuizen, T., & Veldman, J. (2012). On shielding from death as an important yet malleable motive of worldview defense: Christian versus Muslim beliefs modulating the self-threat of mortality salience. Social Cognition, 6(30), 778-802.
  • Van Veldhuizen, T., Buurman, J., Van Laarhoven, D., De Theije, V., Veldman, J., Van den Bos, K., Doosje, B., & Loseman, A. (2012). Terror management: Theorie of religie? Doodsbesef als sterkere prikkel voor Christenen dan voor Moslims bij de verdediging van hun cultureel wereldbeeld. In N. van de Ven, M. Baas, L. van Dillen, D. Lakens, A. M. Lokhorst, & M. Strick (Eds.), Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2011.Groningen: ASPO Pers.