Christien Schilder

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Altrecht Eating Disorders Rintveld
Wenshoek 4
3705 WE Zeist

Tel: +31 (0)30 696 5477



I studied Clinical Neuropsychology and Human Movement Sciences at the Free University in Amsterdam. After working for 10 years as a neuropsychologist in several psychiatric hospitals I completed my PhD on the influence of endocrine treatments for breast cancer on cognitive functioning at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. In 2011 I was registered as a clinical neuropsychologist. Since July 2011 I have been working at Altrecht. At Altrecht Eating Disorders Rintveld, I work as a therapist and, since 2018, as a senior researcher. In addition, I work as a supervisor for neuropsychological assessments and as a practice-supervisor for healthcare psychologists in training and clinical neuropsychologists in training.


As a clinical neuropsychologist, I am involved in research projects at Rintveld in which intellectual functioning and neuropsychological functioning is investigated. It intrigues me that patients with eating disorders, despite their illness, often perform well at school or work. I studied intelligence among patients and relationships with the severity of the disorder,  as well as relationships between performance at school, intelligence and perfectionism in adolescents.  In addition, patients with eating disorders are known to have certain cognitive inefficiencies that might interfere with functioning in daily life, treatment and recovery.  In one study, relationships between cognitive functioning at the start of treatment and BMI-trajectories during treatment are investigated. A third research project focuses on the Dutch translation and validation of a questionnaire. The Caregiver Skills Questionnaire (CASK) is a questionnaire for parents/caregivers of adolescents with eating disorders and measures the confidence in their caregiver skills. Measuring these skills can help shape and evaluate the therapy that is given to the family.


Christien Schilder, PhD.


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