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As a researcher in the field of Clinical Child and Family studies I study the quality of relationships between caregivers, parents and children, and the way these interactions can sustainably improve child development.

I try to broaden the understanding, by studying important factors relevant to relationships and child development (i.e., emotion regulation, self-determination, self-efficacy, motivation, attachment), and also the underlying mechanisms (i.e., physiological regulation, such as heart rate, autonomic nervous system, cortisol and sleep).

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 formative feedback was one of the main goals of recent educational developments I coordinated.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Child and Family Studies, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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

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Research Output 2006 2019

A longitudinal study on the effects of psychological stress on proteinuria in childhood steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome

Bakkum, L., Willemen, A. M., Zoetebier, L. & Bouts, A. H., 19 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Nephrotic Syndrome
Psychological Stress
Longitudinal Studies
Social Participation
Vision Disorders
Randomized Controlled Trials
Social Support

Managing oneself or managing together? Parents' perspectives on chronic condition self-management in Dutch pediatric rehabilitation services

Wong Chung, R., Willemen, A., Voorman, J., Ketelaar, M., Becher, J., Verheijden, J. & Schuengel, C., 11 Apr 2019, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Self Care

Exploring parental understanding of self-determination by people with severe or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: a life course perspective

van Serooskerken, J. V. T., Willemen, A., Schuengel, C., Embregts, P. J. C. M. & van der Putten, A., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31, 4, p. 635-635

Research output: Contribution to JournalMeeting AbstractAcademic

Mediators and treatment factors in intervention for children exposed to interparental violence

Overbeek, M. M., de Schipper, J. C., Willemen, A. M., Lamers-Winkelman, F. & Schuengel, C., 2017, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 46, 3, p. 411-427 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Psychological Adaptation

Activities 2004 2019

VU Education Day 2019

Agnes Willemen (Participant)
11 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Onderzoek doen in de Pedagogische Praktijk - workshop voor GZ en OG

Agnes Willemen (Speaker)
6 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Zelf-management (ondersteuning) in de Kinderrevalidatie

R.W. Wong Chung (Speaker), J. Voorman (Speaker), Agnes Willemen (Speaker), M. Ketelaar (Speaker), J. Becher (Speaker), Carlo Schuengel (Speaker)
15 Apr 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

DCRM 2016

R.W. Wong Chung (Participant), Agnes Willemen (Participant), J. Voorman (Participant), M. Ketelaar (Participant), J. Becher (Participant), Carlo Schuengel (Participant)
10 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

Press / Media

Steun van ouders is cruciaal

L. Scholten & Agnes Willemen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other