Short bio

Louis Favril, PhD, has a background in clinical psychology and criminology. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher (FWO) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University. Research interests centre around the (mental) health of vulnerable populations, especially those involved in the criminal justice system. His dissertation focused on the epidemiology, risk factors, and prevention of suicidal thoughts and behaviour in prison. Current projects investigate drug use among female prisoners (FWO), changes in self-control during and after imprisonment (BOF-IOP), prisoners’ needs for reintegration (Vlaamse Overheid), and effects of drug consumption rooms in Belgium (BELSPO).

Work details

Selected societal impact activities

  • Needs assessment van druggebruikers in Gent: focus op niet-bereikte groepen
  • Feasibility study on data collection from drug consumption rooms in Europe
  • Kinderbezoek in de gevangenis van Gent

Selected media

Selected events

  • 26/08/2022 – 19th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour; Copenhagen.
  • 16/06/2022 – Conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services; Berlin
  • 19/05/2022 – Instituut voor Gerechtelijke Opleiding; Zaventem
  • 20/09/2019 – 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology; Ghent
  • 13/09/2019 – Vast Comité P; Brussels
  • 18/05/2018 12th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy; Vancouver


  • Prison
  • Mental health
  • Suicide
  • Drug use
  • Harm reduction

Selected projects

  • The impact of the prison environment on drug use in women
  • Rebuilding evidence on drug consumption rooms
  • Behoeften voor re-integratie en recidivebeperking bij gedetineerden
  • A neuro-criminological study of the impact of the prison environment on inmates’ self-control
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviour in Belgian prisons
  • Feasibility study on drug consumption rooms in Belgium