dr. R. Geurts (Renate)

Assistant Professor

About Me

My areas of interest cover criminal, legal, and investigative psychology. These areas involve 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 (www.legalpsychology.eu). 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). 

Additional function

  • Board member of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP), www.aetap.eu        


Areas of expertise:

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


Other Contributions
  • 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 https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/52712/1/gupea_2077_52712_1.pdf

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Renate Geurts is involved in teaching for the courses and programmes listed below and is also supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses for these programmes.


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands