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Mieke Decuyper

Care and Well-being - People and Well-being

Mieke Decuyper (PhD) his a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research, research line Safeguarding Sport & Society. She has expertise in personality diagnostics and the development and standardisation of psychodiagnostic instruments.

About Mieke

Dr Mieke Decuyper received her PhD from Ghent University (2010). Her doctoral research was entitled “Psychopathy and associated personality pathology in adolescence and adulthood: A dimensional approach”.

Currently Mieke works as a lecturer and researcher at the Thomas More University of Applied Science, where she teaches Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Practical Psychological Assessment Clinical Psychology 3.

She is also a researcher at the People and Well-being Research Group. In her research, she mainly focuses on the various causes and influencing factors that lead to the development of severe emotional and behavioural problems. This research mainly focuses on understanding the many interacting causes that lead people to have serious emotional and behavioral problems, while others remain resilient. Mieke studies general and maladaptive dispositions that underlie tendencies to develop psychopathology, including psychopathic-like traits across the life span. This research line also focuses on the assessment of personality pathology and psychopathology. Additionally, Mieke investigates the influence of psychopathic and broad maladaptive traits on relationship quality and satisfaction in adolescents and adults.

Within the research line on interpersonal violence, Mieke Decuyper gives methodological support in severel project. Currently she is also involved in a research project about the prevalence and impact of interpersonal violence towards students in higher education. 

Lastly, Mieke is a lecturer on the Postgraduate Programme in Forensic Psychodiagnostics and Counseling, and supervises Applied Psychology students on their Bachelor's thesis.


Articles in internationally reviewed scientific journals

  • Vertommen, T., Decuyper, M., Parent, S., Pankowiak, A., & Woessner, M. (2022). Interpersonal Violence in Belgian Sport Today: Young Athletes Report. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), 11745.
  • Uzieblo, K., Decuyper, M., Bijttebier, P., & Verhofstadt, L. (2022). When the partner’s reality bites: Associations between self- and partner ratings of psychopathic traits, relationship quality and conflict tactics. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
  • Vertommen, T., Decuyper, M., Parent, S. & Paradis, H. (2022). Validation of the Dutch (Flemish) version of the Violence Towards Athletes Questionnaire (VTAQ). Loisir et Société/Society and Leisure, 45(2), 390-408.
  • Vergauwe, J., Hofmans, J., Wille, B., Decuyper, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2021). Psychopathy and leadership effectiveness: An empirical investigation of three models of successful psychopathy. The Leadership Quarterly, 32 (6). 101536.
  • De Caluwé, E., Vergauwe, J., Decuyper, M., Bogaerts, S., Rettew, D., & De Clercq, B. (2020). The Relation between Normative Rituals/Routines and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms at a Young Age: A Systematic Review. Developmental Review, 56, p. 10913. DOI:10.1016/j.dr.2020.100913.
  • Decuyper, M., Gistelinck, F., Vergauwe, J. Pancorbo, G., & De Fruyt, F. (2016). Personality Pathology and Relationship Satisfaction in Dating and Married Couples. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/per0000219
  • Decuyper, M., De Clercq, B., & Tackett, J. (2015). Assessing Maladaptive Traits in Youth: An English Language Version of the Dimensional Personality Symptom Itempool. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6(3), 239 – 250.  doi: 10.1037/per0000114.
  • Decuyper, M., De Caluwé, E., De Clercq, B., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Callous-unemotional traits in youth from a DSM-5 perspective. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28 (3), 334 – 357. DOI: 10.1521/pedi_2013_27_120.
  • Decuyper, M., De Pauw, S., De Fruyt, F., De Bolle, M., & De Clercq, B. (2009). A Meta-Analysis on Psychopathy-, Antisocial PD- and FFM Associations. European Journal of Personality, 23(7), 531-565. DOI: 10.1002/per.729

Articles in other scientific journals

  • Uzieblo, K., Boelaert, A., Winter, J., & Decuyper, M. (2020). Psychopathie bij seksueel delinquenten: Uitdagingen voor de diagnostiek en de behandeling, in Goethals, K, De Boeck, M., Dilliën, T, Huys, W. & Nuyts, A. (Eds.). Handboek behandeling van seksueel afwijkend gedrag. Oud-Turnhout: Gompel & Svacina, pp. 359-382.
  • Claes, L., Decuyper, M., De Fruyt, F., & Bijttebier, P. (2015). Het psychologisch functioneren van personen met psychopathie, in van Beek, D., Canton, W., Claes, L., Gijs, L., Jeandarme, I., & Klein Haneveld, E. (Eds.). Handboek antisociale persoonlijkheidsstoornis en psychopathie. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom Uitgeverij, pp. 103 – 115.
  • De Clercq, B., Decuyper, M., & De Caluwé, E. (2013). Developmental Manifestations of Borderline Personality Pathology From An Age-Specific Dimensional Trait Framework, in Sharp, C. & Tackett J. L. (Eds.). Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents. New York: Springer, pp. 81 – 94.
  • Decuyper, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2011). Kille, niet-emotionele trekken in de adolescentie: Een dimensionele benadering. Tijdschrift voor Orthopedagogiek, Kinderpsychiatrie en Klinische Kinderpsychologie, 36(1), 18 – 29.