Clinical and Health Psychology
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Introduction Following my BA in Social Sciences from the University College Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2004 and my MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Exeter in the UK in 2006 I completed my PhD at King’s College London/ Maudsley Hospital under supervision of Ulrike Schmidt. I moved back to the Netherlands in autumn 2011 and currently work as an Assistant Professior at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Utrecht. Research Following my PhD work (titled 'Anxiety-related Processes in People with Anorexia Nervosa') my research studies focus on understanding the development and maintenance of anxiety and anxiety processes in anorexia nervosa. In particular I am interested in Intolerance of Uncertainty and its implication on social-emotional and cognitive processes (e.g.. worry, social problem solving, body image) in anorexia nervosa. I am also interested in the overlap between, and shared underlying phenomena of, anorexia nervosa and other anxiety-related disorders such as Social Phobia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. To gain more insight in the above mentioned processes I work closely together with Rintveld for patient studies (both adults and adolescents), and collaborate with both international and national researchers in the field of eating disorders Recently I obtained private funding to translate and disseminate a book for parents with children with eating disorders so that Dutch parents can benefit from the scientific knowledge that is available about helpful strategies to assist their children in recovery. In the next few years I am aiming to expand the resources for parents in the Netherlands. As I strongly believe that teaching our future clinical psychologists is important, I am the teaching coordinator of Clinical Psychology and actively involved with the current revision of the bachelor curriculum. Next to teaching in the BA and our international MA program I supervise BA and MA students on their research projects and clinical internships.
- Intellectual functioning of adolescent and adult patients with eating disorders.
- Mental capacity to consent to treatment and the association with outcome: a longitudinal study in patients with anorexia nervosa
- Eating disorders: the big issue.
- Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) as a treatment enhancer of eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
- Influence of negative affect on decision making in women with retrictive and binge-purge type anorexia nervosa.
- Drive for activity in patients with anorexia nervosa.
- The importance of distinguishing between the different eating disorders (sub)types when assessing emotion regulation strategies.
- Influence of negative affect on choice behavior in individuals with binge eating pathology.
- Longitudinal changes in the physical activity of adolescents with anorexia nervosa and their influence on body composition and leptin serum levels after recovery.
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