Dr. Ilona Laurinaitytė


Research interests:

Violence, sexual abuse prevention, criminal risk assessment, forensic psychology, effects of digital technology on mental health.


International scientific profiles:




Principal publications (from 2018):

Laurinaitytė, I., Michailovič, I., Jarutienė, L. (2022), Dealing with stalking cases in Lithuania: The role of public perceptions and legal response. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 40(5), p. 660–676.

Laurinaitytė, I., Assini-Meytin, L. C., Čunichina, K. (2022), Examining the associations between adverse childhood experiences, health risk behaviours, and psychological well-being in a convenience sample of Lithuanian university students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6), 3253, p. 245-258.

Sellbom, M., Liggins, C., Laurinaitytė, I., Cooke, D. J. (2021), Factor structure of the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality-Self-Report (CAPP-SR) in community and offender samples. Psychological Assessment, 33(10), p. 927–939.

Sellbom, M., Laurinaitytė, I., Laurinavičius, A. (2021), Further validation of the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality – Self-Report (CAPP-SR) in Lithuanian offender and nonoffender samples. Assessment, 28(2), p. 472-484.

Laurinaitytė, I., Michailovič, I., Jarutienė, L., & Zokaitė, J. (2021), The criminalization of stalking and characteristics of court practices in stalking cases in Lithuania. Kriminologijos studijos, 9, p. 77-99.

Jusienė, R., Breidokienė, R., Laurinaitytė, I., Pakalniškienė, V (2021), Activities online and compulsive internet use in primary school-aged children: whether and how it has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Informacijos mokslai, 91, p. 136-151. DOI: 10.15388/Im.2021.91.56.

Laurinaitytė, I., Michailovič, I. (2020), Stalking perception, victimization and anti-stalking response in the Lithuanian context. O. Chan & L. Sheridan (Eds.), Psycho-criminological approaches to stalking behavior: The international perspective p. 159-174. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-56541-3. Choice 2020 Outstanding Academic Title.

Laurinaitytė, I. (2020), Živilė Mikėnaitė, Director General of the Prison Department of Lithuania. D. K. Das & P. Birch (Eds.), Trends in corrections: Interviews with corrections leaders around the world, vol. III, p. 9-22. New York : Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780429295065.

Laurinavičius, A., Sellbom, M., Klimukienė, V., Wygant, D. B., Laurinaitytė, I., Ustinavičiūtė, L., Baltrūnas, M. (2020), Examination of triarchic psychopathy measure in a sample of Lithuanian juvenile offenders. Psychological Assessment, 32(4), p. 407–413. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000793.

Klimukienė, V., Laurinaitytė, I., Laurinavičius, A., Ustinavičiūtė-Klenauskė, L. (2020), Analysis of risk and protective factors of juvenile offenders (Nepilnamečių teisės pažeidėjų rizikos ir apsauginių veiksnių analizė) [Compiler Alfredas Laurinavičius]. Study. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, ISBN 978-609-07-0442-4.

Jusienė, R., Rakickienė, L., Breidokienė, R., Laurinaitytė, I. (2020), Executive function and screen‐based media use in preschool children. Infant and Child Development, 29, e2173. DOI: 10.1002/icd.2173.

Pakalniškienė, V., Jusienė, R., Sebre, S. B., Chun-Li Wu, J., Laurinaitytė, I. (2020), Children’s internet use profiles in relation to behavioral problems in Lithuania, Latvia, and Taiwan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22), p. 1-19. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17228490.

Jusienė, R., Laurinaitytė, I., Pakalniškienė, V. (2020), The psychosocial factors of elementary school-aged children’s compulsive Internet use as reported by children and parents (Pradinio mokyklinio amžiaus vaikų kompulsyvaus interneto naudojimo psicho­socialiniai veiksniai vaikų ir tėvų vertinimu). Psichologija: mokslo darbai / Psychology: Research Papers, 61, p. 51-67. DOI: 10.15388/Psichol.2020.15.

Ustinavičiūtė, L., Laurinavičius, A., Klimukienė, V., Laurinaitytė, I., Baltrūnas, M. (2019), Examining the convergent validity of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure using a sample of incarcerated and on probation Lithuanian juveniles. Behavioral Sciences, 9(12), 156. DOI: 10.3390/bs9120156.

Germanavičius, A., Taube, M., Laurinaitytė, I., Cera, I. (2019), Challenges in the provision of forensic services in the Baltic States. In B. Völlm & P. Braun (Eds.), Long-Term Forensic Psychiatric Care: Clinical, Ethical and Legal Challenges p. 273–285. S.l.: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12594-3_19.

Jusienė, R., Urbonas, V., Laurinaitytė, I., Rakickienė, L., Breidokienė, R., Kuzminskaitė, M., Praninskienė, R. (2019), Screen use during meals among young children: Exploration of associated variables. Medicina, 55(10), 688. DOI: 10.3390/medicina55100688.

Jusienė, R., Praninskienė, R., Petronytė, L., Breidokienė, R., Laurinaitytė, I., Rakickienė, L., Urbonas, V., Babkovskienė, E., Vitkė, L. (2019), Analysis of physical and mental health in early childhood: The importance of screen media use (Fizinės ir psichikos sveikatos veiksniai ankstyvojoje vaikystėje: Naudojimosi informacinėmis technologijomis vaidmuo). Visuomenės sveikata / Public Health, 1(84), p. 56-67.

Sellbom, M., Laurinavičius, A., Ustinavičiūtė, L., Laurinaitytė, I. (2018), The Triarchic Psychopathy Measure: An examination in a Lithuanian inmate sample. Psychological Assessment, 30(7), e10–e20. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000603.

Klimukienė, V., Laurinavičius, A., Laurinaitytė, I., Ustinavičiūtė, L., Baltrūnas, M. (2018), Examination of convergent validity of start: AV ratings among male juveniles on probation. Tarptautinis psichologijos žurnalas: biopsichosocialinis požiūris / International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach, 22, p. 31-54. DOI: 10.7220/2345-024X.22.2.

Laurinavičius, A., Laurinaitytė, I., Ustinavičiūtė, L. (2018), Evaluation of personality characteristics of Lithuanian inmates using the MMPI-2 (Laisvės atėmimo bausmę atliekančių nuteistųjų asmenybės charakteristikos taikant MMPI-2). Kriminologijos studijos, 5, p. 64-90. DOI: 10.15388/CrimLithuan.2017.5.11733


Research Projects:

2021-2022, Stalking and its relation to domestic violence: Perception, prevalence and response in Lithuania, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, Grant No. S-GEV-21-4. LMT. Principal investigator.

2021-2022, Long term effects of screens to children’s mental and physical health. Project is funded by the State Public Health Strengthening Fund. Senior researcher.

2019-2023, COST Action CA18121 "Cultures of victimology: understanding processes of victimization across Europe".

2017-2020, Risk and protective factors as predictors of delinquent juveniles' behaviour (S-MIP-17-112). The project was funded by the Research Council of Lithuania. Senior researcher.

2017-2018, Electronic media use and young children's health (GER-006/2017). The National Research Programme 'Welfare Society'. Project was funded by the Research Council of Lithuania. Senior researcher.


Other academic activities:

Academic work (Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Psychology).


Methodology of Teaching Psychology (Doctoral degree in Psychology);

Forensic Psychological Assessment (Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology);

Psychological Counselling in the Forensic Field (Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology);

Group Theory and Practice (Master’s degree in Health Psychology);

Psychology of Advertising (Bachelor’s degree in Psychology);

Academic advising of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.


Conferences Organisation:

2020, The final conference of two research projects implemented in the Institute of Psychology "Children's Internet use: Research results and insights for the practice". September 25, 2020, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2020, Scientific-practical conference “Risk and protective factors in predicting adolescent delinquency”. February 14, 2020, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2019, The congress of Lithuanian psychologists “Dialogs”. Member of the scientific committee. May 24-25, 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2018, The 15th International Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) “Successfully Implementing Sexual Offender Treatment and Management: What is Helping and what is Hindering?” Conference president and chair of the local organizing committee. August 28-31, 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2018, National scientific conference “Electronic media and children’s health”. December 8, 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania.


Presentations at Conferences (from 2018):

Laurinaityte, I. (2022), Supporting and empowering refugees from the Ukraine: A psychologist’s experience. EUROCRIM 2022: 22nd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Challenges and Opportunities in a Virtually and Physically Connected Europe: The Need for Criminology. September 21-24, 2022, Malaga, Spain.

Laurinaityte, I. (2022), Coping strategies for stalking victimization: Scientific and practical issues. The 17th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology. Victimisation in a digital world: responding to and connecting with victims (abstract book) (p. 72). June 5-9, 2022, San Sebastian, Spain.

Laurinaitytė I., Jarutienė L., Michailovič I. (2022), Can attention never be too much? Analysis of the experience of stalking victims (Dėmesio niekada negali būti per daug? Nukentėjusių nuo persekiojimo asmenų patyrimo analizė). Lithuanian Congress of Psychologists’22 „Psichologija 360˚ +1“. Publication of abstracts of reports. Kaunas: Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas, p. 71–72. DOI: 10.7220/9786094675133.

Laurinaitytė, I., Pauliuščenkaitė, R. (2021), Mental help-seeking behaviour and coping strategies for intimate partner violence in Lithuanian women. The 32nd International Congress of Psychology, 18–23 July 2021, Prague, Czech Republic (virtual).

Laurinaitytė, I., Masiulionytė, A., Čunichina, K. (2021), Associations between college students' psychoactive substance use, psychological well-being, and their adverse childhood experiences (Studentų psichoaktyvių medžiagų vartojimo, psichologinės gerovės ir jų nepalankių vaikystės patirčių sąsajos). Lithuanian Congress of Psychologists: Experience without borders (publication of abstracts) (p. 67). April 19-24, 2021, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and Lithuanian Psychological Union, remote event. eISBN 978-9955-15-692-5 (PDF).

Laurinaitytė, I., Laurinavičius, A., Klimukienė, V., Ustinavičiūtė, L. (2019), Short-term Assessment of Risk & Treatability: Adolescent Version in Lithuanian juvenile offenders: Examination of convergent and prospective validity. The 19th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (abstract book) (p. 31-32). 24-28 June 2019, Montréal, Canada.

Laurinaitytė, I. (2019), Scientific research of violence phenomenon: (Un)success story (Smurto fenomeno moksliniai tyrimai: (ne)sėkmės istorija). Lithuanian Congress of Psychologists: Dialogues (publication of summaries of reports) (p. 12). 24-25 May, Vilnius university, Vilnius. ISBN 978-609-07-0180-5.

Laurinaitytė, I. (2019), The relationship between personality traits and criminal risk factors in a sample of incarcerated violent offenders (Laisvės atėmimo bausmę atliekančių smurtautojų asmenybės bruožų ir kriminalinės rizikos veiksnių sąsajos). Lithuanian Congress of Psychologists: Dialogues (publication of summaries of reports) (p. 97). 24-25 May, 2019, Vilnius university, Vilnius. ISBN 978-609-07-01805.

Laurinaitytė, I. (2018), Challenges of implementing evidence-based practices in sex offender management. The 15th International Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) . Successfully Implementing Sexual Offender Treatment and Management: What is Helping and what is Hindering? (book of abstracts) (p. 89). 28-31 August 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Laurinaitytė, I., Laurinavičius, A., Klimukienė, V., Ustinavičiūtė, L. (2018), Risk and protective factors as predictors of delinquent juveniles' behavior. The 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Connecting Science to Solutions (e-source # 8335210; printed p. 239). June 26-30, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada.


Academic Visits:

2022 (May) - ARQUS research exchange in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center, Faculty of Psychology, Granada University (Spain). Field: forensic neuropsychological assessment.

2022 (April) - ERASMUS+ Staff mobility for training in the Department of Applied Psychology, University of Minho (Portugal). Field: forensic psychology. Topics: stalking, intimate partner violence, risk assessment.

2019 (July) / 2020 (June) - Scholarship by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation for research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore (USA).

2018 (June) - ERASMUS+ Staff mobility for training in Pompe Foundation (the Netherlands). Field: forensic psychology. Topics: health care and public safety; TBS (detention under hospital orders).

2018 (May) - Staff mobility for training in the Psychology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia (PA, USA). Field: forensic psychology.



Professional Associations:

1999 – present, The Lithuanian Psychological Association. Member of the Committee on Ethics (2011 – present, chair 2013 – 2017) and member of the Forensic Psychology Committee (2015 – present, chair 2017-2018).

2013 – present, The Board of Ethics of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA). Corresponding member of the Lithuanian Psychological Association.

2017 – present, International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO), member of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

2013 – present, The Lithuanian Group Analytic Society.


Editorial Board:

Editorial board member of the journal Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention (SOTRAP).

Editorial board member of the journal Current Issues in Personality Psychology.

Editorial board member of the journal Societal Studies.


Science Promotion (from 2018):

2022, The authorities are united: we must say “no” to stalking.

2021, Pornography cases: Lack of sex education ends in psychological problems and criminal liability.

2020, Work innovations for court psychologists.

2019, Forensic psychologist at court: comment.

2018, Forensic psychologist: How can we help witnesses to remember more?

2018, Imprisonment is the easiest but not the most effective way to punish a person.

2018, During the conference on sexual crimes was a reminder of the importance of human rights and scientific knowledge.