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As a researcher in the field of Clinical Child and Family studies I study family centeredness in health care, youth care and education, especially in vulnerable groups (e.g., children with psychological problems, chronic illness, disability).

With my research and education, I try to improve the support for and collaboration with families, including children, siblings and parents. Supporive collaboration with families includes equal communication, respect for autonomy, and sensitivitity for diversity.

The projects I am involved in are strongly embedded in clinical practice, and based on enduring collaborations with relevant stakeholders in schools, parent organizations, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  

 My research is embedded in APH research institute and LEARN!


I am Director of the Master in Education. I am ambassador of a positive learning culture for students and teachers.

As a university teacher I coordinate various courses in the Bachelor and Master. My mission in teaching is to promote self-regulated learning and to stimulate students to reflect on their own learning and development. Implementing online education was one of the main goals of recent educational developments I coordinated, including collaborating with caregivers in education.

Prizes and Awards

KnowVU Stimuleringsprijs 2016 -  Award for most innovative idea in education - Collaborative Learning

Willemen, A.M. (2009). ISED-article prize. €200. For the article:

Willemen, A. M., Schuengel, C., & Koot, H. M. (2009). Physiological regulation of stress in referred adolescents: The role of the parent–adolescent relationship. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 482-490.


Pels, T. & Willemen, A.M. (2014). Thuis in School: Samen Leren begint bij communiceren. NRO 405-14-572. €315k 

Last, B.F., Willemen, A.M., Grootenhuis, M.A., Schuengel, C., Stam-Maurice, H. & Heijmans, H.S.A. (2008). Effectiveness of a cognitive‐behavioral based group intervention for children with chronic disease: A randomized controlled trial. ZonMW, programma Zorg voor Jeugd. €449k

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

Educational Leadership, Positive Learning Culture, Learn Academy

Award Date: 7 Feb 2019

Senior Qualification Education, Formative Feedback, Learn Academy

Award Date: 12 May 2017

University Teaching Education, Learn Academy

Award Date: 13 Oct 2011

Clinical Child and Family Studies, PhD, Stress, parent-child interactions and the course of psychopathology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 11 Dec 2008


  • RJ Pediatrics
  • parental self-determination
  • motivation
  • autonomy
  • scaffolding
  • chronic illness
  • attachment
  • L Education (General)
  • autonomy
  • motivation
  • parental involvement


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