I graduated in Clinical Psychology in 2001 at the University of Amsterdam.
My first roles were at a rehabilitation centre and at the psychiatric hospital of a large mental health organisation (GGZ Noord-Holland Noord), where I was the main responsible care coordinator at an inpatient treatment centre. In the years that followed, I worked for various teams in this organisation and completed my training as a government accredited Mental Health Psychologist (Gezondheidszorg (GZ-) Psycholoog BIG) in 2006. I worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and with service users with anxiety and mood disorders as well as more complex psychiatric- and personality disorders.
From 2007, I followed and completed my education as a registered Primary Care Psychologist (LVE) when working in a Primary Care setting. Some of the group clinical practices I worked for were based at health centres or otherwise these were closely collaborating with GP’s and (mental-) health specialists.
I schooled myself in psychological interventions and diagnostics, ranging from psychodynamic therapy and hypnotherapy, to cognitive behavioural therapy and various forms of psycho-diagnostics. I am a full member of the Dutch Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (VGCT) and a registered Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist (HCPC).
In 2009, Because of my academic interest, I started working for the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as a scientific teacher, teaching master courses in clinical psychology (CBT, Experimental Psychopathology, bachelor theses, and others). The same year, I started working for the University of Amsterdam, also at the department of Clinical Psychology. Here I worked for research projects as a therapist/diagnostician and taught bachelor- and master courses, amongst others CBT Interventions and Clinical Conversational Skills.
I prepared for a research position by completing several Research Master Courses in statistics at the University of Amsterdam, before moving to Edinburgh to work in research full time.
My interests lie in anxiety, specifically social anxiety, and paranoia in psychosis; the use of advanced statistical methods like item Response Theory, Multivariate Analaysis, Multilevel analysis, Structural Equation Modelling and also Qualitative Research methods.
I am conducting a part-time PhD on social anxiety and social functioning in psychosis (supervisor: Prof. Matthias Schwannauer).
I am part of the EIDP Research Group at the University of Edinburgh:
From August 2015, I am working on the COSMOSS study (Consequences Of Self-MOnitoring for Self and Society) as Principal Investigator. This is an interdisciplinary project on linking anxiety with self-monitoring and public engagement, funded through Stramash, a sand-pit style event of the University of Edinburgh. Collaborators are Dr. Kristen Knowles and Dr. Eugenia Rodriques (School of Social and Political Sciences).
I was awarded with an Innovation Initiative Grant (Edinburgh Fund) in December 2015, for a project to help reduce mental health stigma in both service users and the general public through, through a musical befriending project. For this project, I am collaborating with Dr. Katie Marwick (Division of Psychiatry).
Anxiety, specifically social anxiety, paranoia, psychosis; transdiagnostic processes; the use of advanced statistical methods.