Evelien Platje PhD (1982) has been working as a senior researcher in the research group Knowledge analysis societal security since 2019. She is performing research into the implementation of neurocriminological knowledge in higher professional education.
Evelien has been focussing on this subject since first performing doctoral research into neurobiological development and antisocial behaviour. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as a university lecturer in Leiden University’s Clinical Neurodevelopmental Studies group and performed research into neuropsychology and mild mental handicaps in the context of rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice’s Research and Documentation Centre (WODC).
For a long time, neuroscientific research was very fundamental in nature, with limited practical applicability. Over the past few years this has gradually been changing. Evelien’s research at the WODC is a good example of practice-based neuroscience. Translating the research findings to the context of higher professional education poses an interesting challenge. This is partly due to the fact that neuroscientific knowledge is somewhat prone to misinterpretation: leading to an excessively negative perspective, for example, or unrealistic expectations.
Fields of expertise
- Development of antisocial behaviour