Professor Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

Innovation & research in youth forensic psychiatry: how to put youngsters in the front row

In this presentation, the changes in youth forensic psychiatry in the last ten years will be illustrated by looking at a number of judicial aspects, the transformation in health care and the influence of experts by experience. To this end, I will elaborate upon the changes in youth law in the Netherlands and what the pros and cons are – taking the perspective of youngsters and their family into account. In addition, a number of innovations/research projects will be highlighted and what role youngsters have had in these innovations/research projects. I will use a lot of images to take you on a journey in our fascinating field of forensic child and adolescent psychiatry.

Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen


Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen is professor of Forensic Mental Health Care (Tilburg University), professor of Transforming Care for Youth ((Tilburg University) and visiting professor at University College Ghent, Faculty of Education, Health & Social Work.

She is clinical director of acute and network-oriented care at Pro Persona, a large institution for mental healthcare in The Netherlands. In addition, she is program leader of the Research group Forensic Mental Health Care at GGzE and clinical psychologist at De Catamaran, hospital for youth forensic psychiatry & orthopsychiatry. Van Nieuwenhuizen studied clinical and experimental psychology at the University of Groningen. In 1998, she got her PhD in Medicine at the University of Amsterdam. In 2004, she was officially registered as psychotherapist (behavioural therapy and psychoanalytic therapy), in 2016 as MH-psychologist (children & youth) and in 2021 as Clinical psychologist.

Van Nieuwenhuizen is, among other things, president of EFCAP (European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions),  member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Child Care and Protection Board, member of the ZonMw committee ‘Research programme Mental Health Care’ and member of the NWO committee ‘Reintegration in society of adolescents and adults with autism and psychosis’.