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Originally from Belgium, Jeane graduated from the University of Liege with an MSc in Clinical Psychology. After receiving a scholarship from the Rotary International Belgium-Luxembourg, Jeane went to the University of Liverpool to complete a Masters in Investigative Psychology, where she worked on various topics such as school shooting, geographical profiling, counter-terrorism policies and homicide in the Czech Republic. Being one of the Laureate of the Belgian “Bourse VOCATIO”, she then completed her PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham on juvenile homicide. Jeane was awarded the Richard Block award for her outstanding PhD thesis by the Homicide Research Working Group. During her PhD, she also worked as a research assistant for an Eu-funded Daphne Project on child abandonment and its prevention in Europe. Jeane has been a Research Associate at Coventry University since July 2014 and has worked on a number of projects, such as the EU-funded Examination of Firearms and Forensics in Europe and across Territories (EFFECT), but also on sex offending and empathy, crime-scene actions in juvenile and adult homicide offenders, cyber-related homicide and recidivism of homicide offenders.

 Jeane’s research interests mainly focus on criminal behaviour, violent crime and homicide, police investigations and offender profiling. Her work is situated in Forensic and Criminal Psychology and Investigative Psychology.


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Research Interests

Homicide; Sexual Homicide; Sexual violence; Juvenile Homicide; Offender Profiling; Forensic Psychology; Investigative Psychology; Crime-scene investigations; Islamophobia; Gun-enabled crime.

Vision Statement

My research in violent interpersonal crimes has been motivated by my interest in understanding the reasons why people commit these crimes and how they differ from non-offenders. Most of the literature on homicide comes from the United States of America and even though it provides useful information about homicide, the generalisability of these findings might be questionable (see Woodworth, Agar, and Coupland, 2013). I believe that research on the topic of homicide and juvenile homicide should be carried out more widely in Europe and in collaboration, so measures can be taken in terms of prevention, policies and treatment. My research on homicide has focused on understanding the behaviour of offender in order to assist police officers in their investigation. My research is looking at supporting investigative methods to assist the police in dealing more efficiently with homicide offenders. My aim is to find ways to limit people killing other people, ways to identify and bring these offenders to Justice, ways to protect potential future victims but also ways to rehabilitate these offenders and limit their risks of reoffending.

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 27 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
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2 Citations (Scopus)

Exploration of Crime-Scene Characteristics in Juvenile Homicide in the French-Speaking part of Belgium

Gerard, F. J., Whitfield, K. C. & Browne, K. D., 13 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales

Gerard, F. J., Browne, K. D. & Whitfield, K. C., 1 Mar 2017, In : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 61, 4, p. 413-429

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Detection and Policing Of Gun Crime: Challenges to the effective policing of gun crime in Europe

Hellenbach, M., Elliot, S., Gerard, F. J., Crookes, R. L., Stamos, T., Poole, H. & Bowen, E., 9 Jan 2017, In : European Journal of Criminology. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
black market
EU member state
1 Citation (Scopus)

The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories

Gerard, J., Crookes, R., Elliott, S., Hellenbach, M., Stamos, T., Poole, H. & Bowen, E., 1 May 2017, In : Science & Justice. 57, 5, p. 384-393 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
system comparison
cross-border cooperation
best practice

Activities 2012 2017

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 3 Oral presentation

Perception of the challenges faced by homicide offenders upon their release from prison

Jeane Gerard (Speaker)
13 Sep 201716 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Exploratory analyses of crime-scene characteristics in cyber-related homicides.

Jeane Gerard (Speaker), Norair Khachatryan (Speaker)
15 Nov 201718 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

British Society of Criminology Annual Conference

Jeane Gerard (Participant)
6 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Using eye-tracking techniques and physiological arousal measures to assess emotion processing in adults convicted of sex offences.

Jeane Gerard (Speaker), Sarah Brown (Speaker), Sarah Cassidy (Speaker), Rebecca Crookes (Speaker), Stoyan Kurtev (Speaker), Kate Walker (Speaker)
8 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

ACJS 52nd Annual Meeting

Jeane Gerard (Speaker)
3 May 20157 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Richard Block Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation Research

Jeane Gerard (Recipient), 19 Nov 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards