Stijn Vandevelde

Stijn VandeveldeStijn Vandevelde is an associate professor at the Department of Special Education (“Orthopedagogics”). Previously, he was affiliated as lecturer and researcher at University College Ghent, Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work (Bachelor in Special Education) since 2005.

His research and research interests include forensic special education; the support of persons with behavior- and emotional disorders; the support of special target groups (e.g. mentally ill offenders (with an intellectual disability); persons with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring behavior problems and/or psychiatric disorders; substance abuse treatment to offenders); Quality of Life (e.g. in forensic settings); rehabilitation of offenders (e.g. underpinned by the Good Lives Model); and theoretical special education.

Stijn Vandevelde is the responsible teacher for “Clinical Special Needs Education” and “Theoretical Orthopedagogics” (3rd bachelor), “Orthopedagogics of the Emotional and Behavioural Disorders” (1st master), and “Orthopedagogical Synthesis” (2nd master). He is also teaching in other courses (e.g., Integration Seminar, 3rd bachelor).

Selected publications

Vandevelde, S., Vander Laenen, F., De Ruysscher, C., Bryssinck, D., De Maeyer, J., Meesen, D. & Broekaert, E. (accepted). Reflections on a service-user perspective in supporting persons with dual diagnosis: The case of Villa Voortman. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (commentary).

Vanderplasschen, W., Vandevelde, S., Van Damme, L., & Yates, R. (2017). A search for integrating science, arts and practice : the legacy of Professor Eric Broekaert. Therapeutic  Communities, 38(3), 121-124.

Vandevelde, S., Vander Laenen, F., Van Damme, L., Vanderplasschen, W., Audenaert, K., Broekaert, E., & Vander Beken, T. (2017). Dilemmas in applying strengths-based approaches in working with offenders with mental illness: A critical multidisciplinary review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 32, 71-79.

Vandevelde, S., De Maeyer, J., De Ruysscher, C., Bryssinck, D., Meesen, D., Vanderstraeten, J. & Broekaert, E. (2015). Villa Voortman: Carte blanche or not ? Therapeutic Communities, 36 (2): 62–73.

Vandevelde, S., Soyez, V., Vander Beken, T., De Smet, S., Boers, A. & Broekaert, E. (2011). Mentally ill offenders in prison: the Belgian case. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34(1), 71-78.

An overview of all publiations can be consulted here.


Postal address:
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Gent

Visiting address:
Begijnhoflaan 464
B-9000 Gent

Tel: ..32 (0)9 331 03 07
Fax: ..32 (0)9 331 03 15