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My aim is to contribute insight into family relationships  and the development of mental health and resilience, and into interventions that can support at risk parents and other caregivers in fostering high quality relationships with children. This goal is pursued by a combination of research on our Generations² longitudinal pregnancy cohort study, creation and synthesis of practice based and research based evidence, and intervention studies in partnership with intervention services and care organizations that support families, children, and people with disabilities. Attachment theory has been a major theoretical basis for this work since our program started in 2000.

Prizes and Awards

Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (May 2017)

ISIS Dissertation Award (1998)

Ancillary activities

Associate Dean Research of Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (October 2012 – present)

Ancillary activities

  • Gezondheidsraad | Den Haag | Member working committee Youth trauma and attachment | 2016-12-01
  • 's Heeren Loo Zorggroep | Amersfoort | lid wetenschappelijke raad | 2017-10-26
  • Child Development (scientific journal of SRCD) | Washington, DC | associate editor | 2017-10-26

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Ancillary activities

Personal information

Former employment

Assistant professor Child and Family Studies, LeidenUniversity (0,7 fte April 1997 - March 1999; 0,9 fte April 1999 – November 1999).

Researcher, Ottho Gerhard Heldring stichting, Zetten (0,3 fte April 1997 -  March 1999; 0,1 fte April 1999 - November 1999)


Science councils:

-          ZonMW (2016-2020) (80-84500-98-136) Being able to choose together: Network for selfdetermination of people with disability and intensive care needs (Schuengel, Embregts, Van Nieuwenhuijzen, & Taminiau) k€ 779.156

-          ZonMW (2015-2016) (80-84500-98-200) Developing a minimal dataset for people with intellectual disabilities (Schuengel, Embregts, Evenhuis) k€ 58

-          ZonMW (2014-2015) (60-61400-99) Feasibility and support for a minimal dataset for people with intellectual disabilities (Schuengel, Embregts, Evenhuis) k€ 35

-          SSHRC (2015-2017) (1033221). IPD synthesis of intergenerational transmission studies (Madigan, Verhage, Schuengel, Fearon, Van IJzendoorn) CAD 73,600

-          NWO-NRO (2014-2018) (405-14-570-015) Home in school: Learning starts with communication (Willemen, Pels, Oosterman, Dobber, Schuengel) k€ 315

-          ZonMW-InZicht (2013-2016) (60-00635-98-126)  Effects of VIPP-V training in early intervention with parents of (very) young children with visual impairments or visual-and-intellectual disabilities (Sterkenburg, Kef, Schuengel) k€ 150

-          ZonMW-Inzicht (2012-2016) (60-00635-98-119), Social participation of persons with visual impairments: Guides, pathways and milestones (Kef, Schuengel) k€ 247

-          ZonMW (2011-2015) (15901.0004), Academische Werkplaats Kindermishandeling: Onderzoek, kennisontwikkeling en implementatie (Lamers-Winkelman, Van Bavel, Schuengel, De Schipper) M€1,5

-          NWO-Hersenen en cognitie (2010-2014) (NWO 431-99-034) Individual, dyadic, subgroup and group contributors to development and change of bullying and victimization (Goossens, Olthof, Schuengel, Jolles,) k€ 200

-          ZonMW (2010-2012) (60-00635-98-089), Using mobile technology to support social relationships, wellbeing, and participation of adults with visual and intellectual disabilities (Sterkenburg, Schuengel) k€ 150

-          NWO-Hersenen en cognitie (2010-201) (nnb), Take care of the wasting talent (Willemen, Schuengel, Krabbendam). k€ 75

-          NWO-OC (2009-2013) (400-09-123) , Intergenerational transmission of caregiving in at risk mothers (Schuengel, Oosterman) k€ 200

-          ZonMW (2009-2011) (60-00635-98-065), Associated factors in parenting of mothers and fathers with visual impairments (Kef, Schuengel) k€ 123

-          ZonMW (2008-2012) (80-82435-98-8038), Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral based group intervention for children with chronic disease: A randomized controlled trial. (Last, Willemen, Grootenhuis, Schuengel, Stam, Heymans) k€ 450

-          ZonMW (2008-2012) (80-82435-98-8010), The effectiveness of a psycho-educational program for child witnesses and victims of Domestic Violence. (Lamers-Winkelman, De Schipper, Schuengel) k€ 473

-          ZonMW (2008-2012) (80-82435-98-8014), Effecten van MTFC-P vergeleken met TGV voor jonge pleegkinderen met psychische problemen (Lindauer, Boer, Schuengel) k€ 451

-          ZonMW (2008-2012), What works? Support for difficult learning parents. Consortium VU (Schuengel, Janssen), Carante, Philadelphia, Gemiva-SVG k€ 560

-          NWO-OC (2004-2009) (400-03-133), Attachment and parenting style as moderators of stability of victimization in preschool children  (Schuengel). k€ 167

-          NWO-Ties that bind (2004-2008) (457-03-014), Intergenerational solidarity: An attachment perspective (Schuengel). k€ 162

-          NWO-Stip (2004-2009) (473-04-404), Van kwaad tot erger: Ontwikkelingspaden van jonge veelplegers, (Schuengel, Koot, Bijleveld). k€ 138

-          ZonMW-InZicht (2004-2006) (60-00635-98-002), CONTACT with persons with visual and intellectual disabilities: The influence of caregivers’attachment representations on the effect of an intervention program (Schuengel) k€ 125.

-          ZonMW-Inzicht (2002-2005) "Testing an attachment-based behavior modification treatment" (Schuengel) k€ 115

-          ZonMW “Longitudinal study on determinants and course of functional status in children (age 8-12 year) with cerebral palsy” (2001) (Becher, Schuengel, & Janssen) fl 420.000


Contract research:

-          City Council Amsterdam (2017-2021) “Scientist-practitioner project parent-child interaction under high risk (Oosterman, Schuengel, Bonnet) k€160

-          Steunfonds ’s Heeren Loo (2012-2016) Verantwoord verminderen van vrijheidsbeperkende maatregelen (Schuengel, Frederiks, Van Nieuwenhuijzen) k€ 285

-          NutsOhra (2010-2014) (1001-066) Ondersteunen van aanstaande ouders bij prenatale diagnose (Oosterman, Schuengel, Meijer, Van Vugt, Cohen-Kettenis) k€ 234

-          Stichting tot Steun Nederland (2009-2017) Generations2: Parenting and early child development. (Schuengel, Oosterman) M€ 1.5.

-          PIVU-research fund (2003) Parent-child interaction, emotion regulation, and the development of psychopathology. (Schuengel, Koot) k€ 190.

-          Johanna children’s fund (2003) "Gezinsfactoren en de transitie naar de pubertijd bij kinderen met cerebrale parese" (Schuengel, Becher) k€ 90

-          Xonar Zuid-Limburg (2002) " Hoofdstudie: Behandeling van verstoorde gehechtheid" (Schuengel, Baartman) k€ 82

-          Xonar Zuid-Limburg (2001) " Voorstudie: Behandeling van verstoorde gehechtheid" (Schuengel, Baartman) k€ 12

-          SJN (2000) “Sport en sociale integratie van risicojongeren” (Biesta, Schuengel, Stams) fl 190.000

-          Department of justice (1996) “Attachment of institutionalized adolescents” (Schuengel & Van IJzendoorn) fl 600.000

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Social Sciences, Leiden University

1 Oct 199230 Nov 1996

Master, Institute of Education, Leiden University

1 Sep 19881 Sep 1992

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Research Output 1996 2018

Autonomy support, need satisfaction, and motivation for support among adults with intellectual disability: Testing a self-determination theory model

Frielink, N., Schuengel, C. & Embregts, P. J. C. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 123, 1, p. 33-49 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Personal Autonomy
Intellectual Disability
Disabled Persons
Mental Competency

Autonomy support in people with mild-to-borderline intellectual disability: Testing the Health Care Climate Questionnaire-Intellectual Disability

Frielink, N., Schuengel, C. & Embregts, P. J. C. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31, 1, p. 159-163 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Intellectual Disability

Cohort profile: the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO) in the Netherlands

Timmermans, E. J., Lakerveld, J., Beulens, J. W. J., Boomsma, D. I., Kramer, S. E., Oosterman, M., Willemsen, G., Stam, M., Nijpels, G., Schuengel, C., Smit, J. H., Brunekreef, B., Dekkers, J. E. C., Deeg, D. J. H., Penninx, B. W. J. H. & Huisman, M., 9 Jun 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 6, p. 1-14 14 p., e021597

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Earth Sciences
Cohort Studies
Information Storage and Retrieval
Open Access
Vision Disorders
Group Processes
Program Evaluation
Chronic Disease
Intellectual Disability
Randomized Controlled Trials
Psychological Adaptation

Activities 1999 2018

The importance of the working alliance between parent and professional

Sterkenburg, P. S. (Speaker), Inesz van Benten (Speaker), E. Platje (Speaker), Overbeek, M. M. (Speaker), Kef, S. (Speaker), Schuengel, C. (Speaker)
23 May 201825 May 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

Schuengel, C. (Reviewer)
21 Feb 2017

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (Journal)

Schuengel, C. (Reviewer)
Aug 2017 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Disturbances of Attachment Interview : a screening instrument in diagnostic assessment of disordered attachment.

H.P. Giltaij (Speaker), Schuengel, C. (Speaker), Sterkenburg, P. S. (Speaker)
Aug 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


APS Fellow

C. Schuengel (Recipient), May 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

teaching research

Best Lecturer

C. Schuengel (Recipient), 2002

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

International Article Award

C. Schuengel (Recipient), 1995

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

ISIS Dissertation Award

C. Schuengel (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Press / Media

Aflevering het babybrein

C. Schuengel


1 media contribution

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De praktijk, Wanneer gaat een kind zich hechten?

C. Schuengel


1 media contribution

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Gehecht aan wetenschap en dialoog

C. Schuengel


1 media contribution

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Band met je kind

C. Schuengel


1 media contribution

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Plaats teleurstelling in het juiste perspectief

C. Schuengel


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other