Lore Van Damme

Lore Van Damme
Lore Van Damme

In 2011, Lore Van Damme obtained the degree of Master in Pedagogical Sciences (Special Needs Education) at Ghent University. She finished her 5 years of education with an internship in the forensic child and youth psychiatry and a master dissertation on self-evaluation and offending in school-going adolescents. In november 2015, she obtained the degree of Doctor in Pedagogical sciences with a PhD regarding psychopathology and quality of life in detained female adolescents’ (promotor: Prof. Dr. Wouter Vanderplasschen; co-promotor: Dr. Olivier Colins). In december 2015 she started working as a doctoral assistant at the department of Special Needs Education, conducting research on the implementation and integration of the forensic rehabilitationmodels ‘What Works’ and the ‘Good Lives Model’ in closed institutions for forced care and treatment. In January 2017, she started working as a post-doctoral researcher, conducting research on the role of detained female adolescents' quality of life in explaining offending outcomes in emerging adulthood (i.e., a follow-up study of her PhD). As a researcher, she is also a member of the International Forensic Screening and Assessment Network for Adolescents (InForSANA), an interdisciplinary and international consortium of researchers.

Selected publications

Van Damme, L., Colins, O., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2014). Gender differences in psychiatric disorders and clusters of self-esteem among detained adolescents. Psychiatry Research. 220, 991-997

Van Damme, L., Colins, O., De Maeyer, J., Vermeiren, R., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2015). Girls’ Quality of life prior to detention in relation to psychiatric disorders, trauma exposure and socio-economic status. Quality of Life Research. 24(6), 1419-1429.

Van Damme L., Hoeve, M., Vanderplasschen, W., Vermeiren, R., Grisso, T., & Colins, O. (2015). Detained girls’ treatment engagement over time: The role of psychopathology and quality of life. Children and Youth Services Review. 59, 47-56

Van Damme L., Hoeve, M., Vermeiren, R., Vanderplasschen, W., & Colins, O. (2016). Quality of life in relation to future mental health problems and offending: Testing the Good Lives Model among detained girls. Law and Human Behavior. 40 (3), 285-294. Doi: 10.1037/lhb0000177

Van Damme, L., Fortune, C.-A., Vandevelde, S., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2017). The Good Lives Model among detained female adolescents. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 37, 179-189.

An overview of all publications can be found here.


Postal address:
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Gent

Visiting address:
Begijnhoflaan 464
B-9000 Gent

Tel: ..32 (0)9 331 03 08
Fax: ..32 (0)9 331 03 15
Email: Lore.Vandamme@UGent.be