Biography

Professor Friedrich Lösel

Emeritus Professor


Biography

Friedrich Lösel is an emeritus professor and past director at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, and at the Institute of Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). He is also a senior professor at the Berlin Psychological University, a senior fellow of psychology at Erlangen-Nuremberg, a member of Wolfson College, and a chartered forensic psychologist. FL graduated 1971 in psychology and earned his Dr. phil. (PhD) in 1974 and Dr. phil. habil. 1978 at Erlangen. He was assistant professor at Erlangen, senior lecturer at Bamberg, professor of psychology at Bielefeld and Erlangen, and director of the Social Sciences Research Center at Nuremberg. He was also principal investigator (PI) at the advanced research centres "Socialization and Communication" and "Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence" of the German Research Foundation.

His research encompasses topics like juvenile delinquency, violence, offender treatment, developmental prevention, school bullying, psychopathy, protective factors, resilience, prison staff, football hooliganism, close relationships, child abuse, family education, programme evaluation, and prisoners and their families. He has published more than 400 journal articles and book chapters and is the (co-)author or editor of 38 books, research reports and special journal issues, e.g. Self-control and Juvenile Delinquency; Training of Prison Officers; Psychology of Criminal Behavior; Social Intervention; Meta-Evaluation of Therapeutic Prisons; Children at Risk; Criminal Behavior and the Justice System; Health Hazards in Adolescence; Origins, Prevention and Control of Violence; International Perspectives on Psychology and Law; Residential Youth Care; Football Hooliganism; Management of Dangerous Offenders; Aggression and Delinquency in Adolescence; Evaluation of Family Education; Criminology and Evidence-Based Crime Policy; Young Adult Offenders; and Psychology and Law.

FL has been PI of about 30 externally funded research projects. His 'Erlangen-Nuremberg Development and Prevention Study' is a combined longitudinal and experimental study of 675 children from preschool age to adolescence. Other recent projects investigated the treatment of young violent offenders, risk and protective factors in prisoners' families, and transnational approaches to reducing re-offending. Currently, he is PI or Co-PI of projects on 'Protective Factors against Extremism and Radicalization' (within a consortium of the European Commission), 'Evaluation of Sexual Offender Treatment' (Bavarian Ministry of Justice), and 'Long-term Coping in Families of Released Prisoners' (UK Economic and Social Research Council).

His academic teaching was mainly in clinical psychology, psychological assessment, psychology and law, criminology, personality psychology, evaluation methods, and developmental psychopathology. He gave more than 400 invited lectures or conference presentations and organized major congresses such as the German Congress of Psychology and the European Conference of Psychology and Law.

FL was chairman of Subcommittee I of the Violence Prevention Commission of the German Federal Government, of the Psychology and Law Division of the German Psychological Society, of the Scientific Board of the Criminological Research Centre of Lower Saxony, of the German Accreditation Committee for Psychology and Law, and of the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel of England and Wales. He was a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society and chaired various award committees, e.g. of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Academy of Experimental Criminology, the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the German Ministry of Family Affairs. FL was vice-chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, vice-president of the Criminological Society of the German-speaking Countries, secretary-treasurer of the Psychology & Law Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, reporter on crime problems to the Council of Europe, consultant and instructor at the German Department for Migration and Refugees, Faculty Dean and member of the senate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was a member of advisory boards of the German Criminological Centre, the Minerva Centre for Youth Problems at the University of Haifa, the executive committee of the European Association of Psychology and Law. He also served on the executive board of the German Psychological Society, the Effective Interventions Board of the British Ministry of Justice, the international review committee of the Netherlands' Research School on Safety and Security, the family survey of the German Government, the Correctional Programs Accreditation Panel of the Auditor General of Canada, the expert panel of the German Forum on Crime Prevention, the expert panel on protective factors against youth violence of the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the evaluation committee of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), the Sutherland Award and the Sellin-Glueck Award Committees of ASC, the advisory panel on the evaluation of sex offender treatment of the British Ministry of Justice, the evaluation Committee on Psychology of the University at Chemnitz, and the review committee of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University (Australia).

More recently FL has been a member of the expert group on future policy ('Zukunftsdialog') of the German Federal Chancellor. In this role he initiated the foundation of the German National Centre of Crime Prevention and became chair of its steering committee. He is also a member of the Coordinating Group of the Campbell Crime & Justice Collaboration, the registered association of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, the Advisory Board of the Center of Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, the Advisory Board of the Criminological Research Institute of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice, the Advisory Group on family education of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the Accreditation and Advisory Panel of the Correctional Services in England and Wales, the Advisory Board of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice on the prevention of sexual child abuse, the Jury of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the Expert Panel on Law and Criminology of the Belgian Research Foundation. FL is also chair of the Advisory Board of the project on sexual abuse in the German Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Steering Group for the review of Accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes of the UK Ministry of Justice. He is an editorial board member of 15 national and international journals.

FL received various honors and awards, inter alia: President of the European Association of Psychology and Law, President of the Criminological Society of the German-speaking Countries, visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society, Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) for outstanding international achievement, Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement of the European Association of Psychology and Law, honorary doctorate of science from Glasgow Caledonian University, honorary professorships from the University of Political Science and Law at Chongqing and the Zhejiang Police College at Hang Zhou (China), fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, Jerry Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement of the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology, Lifetime Achievement Award of the ASC Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Joan McCord Award of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, German Psychology Prize, and Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Most recently, he has been elected as Chair of the ASC Division of Developmental and Life-course Criminology and as President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.