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Melissa De Vel-Palumbo

Dr. Melissa De Vel-Palumbo



Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
Fakultät 11 - Department Psychologie
Lehrstuhl Sozialpsychologie
Leopoldstr. 13
D – 80802 München

Raum: 3314
Telefon: +49 (0) 89/2180-6990
Fax: +49 (0) 89/2180-5238

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07/2019 - 06/2020: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research Fellow, Social Psychology, LMU Munich

Academic career

  • 2017 - 2019: Research Associate, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Criminology, Flinders University (Australia)
  • 2014 - 2018: PhD in Psychology, Flinders University (Australia)
  • 2010 - 2011: Master of Psychology (Forensic), University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • 2005 - 2009: Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, University of Adelaide (Australia)

Research interests

  • Functions of responses to injustice (e.g., punishment)
  • Psychosocial needs of perpetrators
  • Community attitudes towards offenders and criminal justice policy



Journal articles

  • de Vel-Palumbo, M., Wenzel, M., & Woodyatt, L. (2019). Self-punishment achieves third party forgiveness by
    addressing the symbolic implications of wrongdoing. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • de Vel-Palumbo, M., Howarth, L., & Brewer, M. (2018). “Once a sex offender always a sex offender”? Essentialism and attitudes towards criminal justice policy. Psychology, Crime and Law.
  • Halsey, M., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2018). Courts as empathic spaces. Griffith Law Review.
  • de Vel-Palumbo, M., Woodyatt, L., & Wenzel, M. (2018). Why do we self-punish? Perceptions of the motives and impact of self-punishment outside the laboratory. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 756–768.
  • Wenzel, M., Anvari, F., de Vel-Palumbo, M.,& Bury, S. (2017). Collective apology, hope, and forgiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 75–87.
  • Brodaty, H., Mothakunnel, A., de Vel-Palumbo, M., Ames, D., Ellis, K. A., Reppermund, S., Kochan, N. A., Savage, G., Trollor, J., Crawford, J., & Sachdev, P. S. (2014). Influence of population versus convenience sampling on sample characteristics in studies of cognitive aging. Annals of Epidemiology, 24(1), 63–71.

Books and book chapters

  • Brewer, R., de Vel-Palumbo, M., Hutchings, A., Holt, T., Goldsmith, A., & Maimon, D. (in preparation). Cybercrime prevention: Theory and applications. Palgrave.
  • Halsey, M., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (in preparation). Generations through prison: Lived experiences of intergenerational incarceration. Routledge.
  • Woodyatt, L., Wenzel, M., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2017). Working through psychological needs following transgressions to arrive at self-forgiveness. In L. Woodyatt, E. L. Worthington, Jr., M. Wenzel, & B. J. Griffin (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of self-forgiveness (pp. 43–58). New York, NY: Springer. 60573-9_4

Technical reports

  • Cale, J., Whitten, T., Brewer, R., de Vel-Palumbo, M., Goldsmith, A., & Holt, T. (2019). South Australian digital youth survey research report: Year 1 results. Adelaide: University of Adelaide.
  • de Vel-Palumbo, M. & Goldsmith, A. (2018). South Australia 5 year crime trends. Report prepared for Police Association of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Goldsmith, A., Halsey, M., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2018). Literature review: Correctional corruption. Report prepared for Queensland Corrective Services, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Goldsmith, A., Halsey, M., Clarke, J., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2018). Melbourne Magistrates’ Court review. Report prepared for the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Goldsmith, A., Holt, T., Brewer, R., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2017). Interventions in cybercrime: A review. Report prepared for the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (UK Home Office), London, UK.
  • Halsey, M., & de Vel-Palumbo, M. (2016). Literature review: Young adult offenders (age 18 to 25 years). Report prepared for Department of Justice and Regulation, Melbourne, Australia.
  • de Vel-Palumbo, M., Matthew-Simmons, F., Shanahan, M., & Ritter, A. (2013). Bulletin No. 22: Supervised injecting facilities: What the literature tells us. DPMP Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre.