Olivier Colins

Olivier Colins

From January 2019, Olivier F. Colins is employed again at the Department Special Needs Education as postdoctoral researcher (FWO Odysseus Program, type II) and professor (since 1/9/2020). After his studies Social Work and Special Needs Education, and after his PhD.-study he was employed at the Leiden University Medical Center (The Netherlands, 2008-2018) as a senior researcher and professor (assistant) where he performed basic and applied research with criminal justice-involved youth His research predominantly focuses on forensic screening and assessment of mental health problems and deviant personality traits; the identification of clinically and theoretically meaningful subgroups of juveniles with severe conduct problems; risk and protective factors of conduct problems and criminal recidivism; and the etiology, development, and consequences of conduct problems and delinquency.

In two ongoing FWO funded research projects (Odysseus: 2019-2023; Junior Project: 2021-2025) he investigates if 16-to 17-year old boys and girls who (allegedly) committed crimes differ from each other and from healthy controls in clinically and theoretically relevant ways.


Selected Publications

Colins, O.F., Fanti, K., Andershed, H. (accepted, August 2020). The DSM-5 Limited Prosocial Emotions Specifier for Conduct Disorder: Comorbid Problems, Prognosis, and Antecedents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Roetman, P.J., Lundström, S., Finkenauer, C., Vermeiren, R., Lichtenstein, P., & Colins, O.F. (2019). Children with early-onset disruptive behaviour: parental mental disorders predict poor psychosocial functioning in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 58(8),806-817

Colins, O.F., Fanti, K.A., Salekin, R., Mulder, E., Andershed, H. (2017, December 14, Advanced online publication). Psychopathy in detained boys: the search for primary and secondary variants in a clinical setting. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment

Colins, O.F., Fanti, A.K., Andershed, H., Mulder, E., Salekin, T.R., Blokland, A., Vermeiren, R. (2017) Properties of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI) when being completed as part of a clinical protocol for detained youth: a multiethnic examination. Psychological Assessment

Aghajani, M., Klapwijk, E.T., van der Wee, N.,Veer, I.M., Rombouts., S., Boon, A.E., van Beelen, P., Popma, A.,Vermeiren, R., Colins, O.F. (2017). Disorganized amygdala networks in conduct-disordered juvenile offenders with callous-unemotional traits. Biological Psychiatry, 82(4), 283-293.


A complete overview of his publications can be retrieved here and on his ResearchGate page ( https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Olivier_Colins)



Postal address:
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Gent

Visiting address:
Henri Dunantlaan 1
B-9000 Gent

Tel:  32 (0)9 331 03 10
Email: Olivier.Colins@UGent.be