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    5037 DB Tilburg


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Research interests

My main research interest lies within the intersection between personality, psychopathology and personality pathology in children and adolescents. 

In my PhD, I combined these themes by specifically investigating the link between personality, OCD and OCPD at a young age, whereas in the coming years, I will adopt a developmental and personality perspective to study forensic psychopathology in younger age groups (e.g., conduct disorder, antisocial personality pathology, psychopathy,...).

Other research interests: assessment, scale development and validation, psychometrics, measurement invariance, and mobile dating app (Tinder) motives and personality (disorders)


2017-present: Assistant Professor (Tenure track) (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)           

  • Department Developmental Psychology
  • Focus: Forensic Psychology (from a developmental and personality perspective)

2015-2017: FWO postdoctoral research fellow (Ghent University, Belgium)

2010-2015: PhD student (scholarship) (Ghent University, Belgium)


Coordinator/teacher of two courses in the Major Forensic Psychology (Bachelor):

  • Introduction to forensic psychology (in Dutch)
  • Criminality, cognition and personality (in Dutch) 

Program/thesis coordinator of the Master Clinical Forensic Psychology (in Dutch)

Current courses

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  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Personality
  • Adolescents
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Personality Disorders

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Research Output 2013 2019

A psychometric evaluation of a reduced version of the PID-5 in clinical and non-clinical adolescents

Koster, N., Laceulle, O., van der Heijden, P., Klimstra, T., De Clercq, B., Verbeke, L., De Caluwé, E. & van Aken, M. A. G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Parent-reported BIS/BAS-scales for children: Factor structure and measurement invariance across age and gender

De Caluwé, E. A. L., Vervoort, L., Vandeweghe, L., De Decker, A., Wante, L., Van Beveren, M-L., Goossens, L., Verbeken, S., Sioen, I., Michels, N. & Braet, C., 2019, In : Assessment. 26, 7, p. 1282-1295

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Preschool Children
Statistical Factor Analysis
Age Groups

The DSM-5 trait measure in a psychiatric sample of late adolescents and emerging adults: Structure, reliability, and validity

De Caluwé, E. A. L., Verbeke, L., van Aken, M. A. G., van der Heijden, P. T. & De Clercq, B., 2019, In : Journal of Personality Disorders. 33, 1, p. 101-118

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Vulnerable Populations
Self Report
Equipment and Supplies
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Why are you cheating on Tinder? Exploring users’ motives and (dark) personality traits.

Timmermans, E., De Caluwé, E. A. L. & Alexopoulos, C., 2018, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 89, p. 129-139

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Personality Traits

A five-factor model of developmental personality pathology precursors

Verbeke, L., De Caluwe, E. A. L. & De Clercq, B., Apr 2017, In : Personality Disorders. Theory Research and Treatment. 8, 2, p. 130-139

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Prizes / Recognition