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I am assistant professor at the Department of Educational and Family Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and member of the LEARN! research institute.  


The aim of my research is to improve the quality of primary education and daycare. I study the effect of interventions directed at shared book reading, classroom talk and play on children’s cognitive and social development. In my research, I closely collaborate with students, primary school teachers, and teacher trainers.

Research projects

  • 2023 - 2027 Social networks in physical education  Co-promotor
  • 2021 - 2025 The effect of NELI tutoring on language development  PI
  • 2021 - 2025 The effect of BeweegWijs on child development  Co-PI
  • 2020 - 2022 The effect of book reading on language development  PI
  • 2020 - 2025 The effect of role play in ECE  Co-promotor
  • 2019 - 2024 Object-oriented play in ECE and day-care  Co-promotor
  • 2020 - 2023 Nature play in ECE and day-care  Co-author
  • 2018 - 2021 Teachers' guidance during play in day-care  Co-author
  • 2018 - 2020 The effect of classroom talk on social competence  Postdoc
  • 2015 - 2018 Language development and peer rejection in ECE  PhD
  • 2015 - 2016 Mind mapping in early childhood education  Researcher


The courses I coordinate and teach focus on how the educational system in the Netherlands is structured, how we can promote children’s cognitive and social development, and how educational research can be improved.

In the academic year 2023-2024, I coordinate and teach the following courses:

  • Pupil, Education, and Guidance
  • Educational processes in the classroom: Research in practice
  • Fundamental theory: How pupils learn
  • Mentorship

I supervise several theses and internships and I am member of the educational committee.

Prizes and awards

  • 2022  Selected as member of the Amsterdam Young Academy     
  • 2020  Nominated for the Teacher Award of the faculty                                     
  • 2018  Nominated for the Junior Career Award of the faculty
  • 2015  Winner of the Best Master Thesis Award by the NVO
  • 2014  Winner of the Most Honourable Mention at the SRC            

Academic qualification

Senior Teaching Qualification, (SKO), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Educational Sciences, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


University Teaching Qualification, (BKO), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Educational Sciences, Master, cum laude, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Educational Sciences, Bachelor, cum laude, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Primary Teacher Education, Propaedeutic , cum laude, IPABO Amsterdam