Da Cunha Gonçalves Leonel, PhD

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern

Dr. Leonel da Cunha Gonçalves holds a Ph.D. in Justice Psychology from the University of Minho, Portugal, awarded in 2014 with a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. In 2019, he earned an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Konstanz, Germany. His primary expertise lies in forensic psychology and criminology, with a particular interest in quantitative research methods and data analysis.
As of 2023, he is a researcher at the Institute of Primary Health Care (BIHAM) of the University of Bern, where he is involved in a randomized controlled trial studying the effect of treatment among detained persons with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Since 2021, he has been working at the Division of Prison Health of the Geneva University Hospitals, on projects dedicated to enhancing healthcare access and rehabilitation for persons in detention. Prior to this, he worked for the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation of the Canton of Zurich. He is the co-chair of the Prison Working Group of the European Society of Criminology since 2018.


  Research interests

  • Forensic psychology
  • Criminology
  • Prison health
  • Statistics

Benefits of in-prison OROS-methylphenidate vs. placebo treatment in detained people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A randomized controlled trial
PI: Stéphanie Baggio, University of Berne - BE

“Testing a new method to improve informed consent in prison research” funded by the SNSF and attributed to Prof. Stéphanie Baggio (BIHAM) as the Principal Investigator (PI).