Glenn Kiekens (PhD)

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Doctor of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Statistics, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (licensed clinical psychologist)

Welcome to my personal website!  

I am a developmental and clinical research psychologist. My primary focus is on advancing scientific knowledge about why (non-suicidal) self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (e.g., cutting, hitting oneself) emerge and how to timely predict and prevent their occurrence. More broadly, I am interested in mental health research among adolescents and emerging adults and the implementation of digital tools in mental health care. My research makes use of a range of complementary methodological approaches (e.g., epidemiological surveys, clinic-based studies, and real-time monitoring).

On this website (which is truly a work in progress), you can find more information about my research interests, past and current work.

I am currently affiliated with KU Leuven (Belgium) as a Senior Research Fellow (FWO funded) at the Research Group of Clinical Psychology and the Center of Contextual Psychiatry. Please contact me if you would be interested in collaborating in any areas that overlap with my interests.

What's new?

  • DAILY-PROJECT: An Ecological Momentary Assessment study among treatment-seeking individuals
  • Recent publications: 
    • Kiekens, G., Claes, L., Schoefs, S., Kemme, N. D. F., Luyckx, K., Kleiman, E., Nock, M. K., & Myin-Germeys, I. Research protocol of the Detection of Acute rIsk of seLf-injurY (DAILY) Project: An ecological momentary assessment study among treatment-seeking individuals (2023). JMIR Research Protocols. 
    • Kiekens, G., Hasking, P., Nock, M., Kleiman, E., Kirtley, O. J., Houben, M., Boyes, M., Bruffaerts, R., & Myin-Germeys, I., & Claes, L. A Comparison of Affective-Cognitive Dynamics in Daily Life Between Emerging Adults with and without Past-Year Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (under review). Preprint is available at
    • Kiekens, G., Claes, L., Hasking, P., Mortier, P., Bootsma, E., Boyes, M., Myin-Germeys, I., Demyttenaere, K., Cuijpers, P., Kessler, R.C., Nock, M.K., Bruffaerts, R. (2022). A longitudinal investigation of non-suicidal self-injury persistence patterns, risk factors, and clinical outcomes during the college period. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication: