I was born and raised in Novi Sad (Serbia) where I graduated and obtained my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology at the University of Novi Sad. In 2018, I also completed the Research Master program of Individual Differences and Assessment at Tilburg University with the main focus on Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology. During my studies, I met prof. dr. Stefan Bogaerts and dr. Geert van Boxtel and since then we have been collaborating together. Both are currently supervising my PhD project. The aim of my dissertation is to investigate the role of psychological and physiological factors in aggression and reoffending in forensic psychiatric inpatients.
Broadly, in my research, I focus on psychological and physiological correlates of aggression and reoffending in forensic psychiatric inpatients. More specifically, my research interests center around the role of the autonomic nervous system in the development of aggression. In addition, I am also interested in clinical dynamic risk and (the lack of) protective factors for reoffending. Dynamic risk and protective factors are potentially changeable characteristics of individuals and their environments that are expected to increase (risk factors) or decrease (protective factors) the likelihood of recidivism after discharge and they are essential to forensic clinical practice. Thus, getting insight into which dynamic risk and protective factors contribute more strongly to recidivism and how these factors change during the treatment may help clinicians improve the rehabilitation of offenders and potentially reduce recidivism rates after discharge from forensic psychiatric institutions.
I regularly supervise Master's thesis students of the Forensic Psychology track.