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I am trained as a developmental psychologist, with a focus on experimental (neuro-)psychology. I am associate professor at the 'LEARN!' Institute (Department of Educational Science), at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The main focus of my research is on the development of executive function (in relation to educational performance), between childhood and young-adulthood. Executive function refers to the cognitive processes that subserve goal-directed behaviour, by flexibly adjusting to the changing circumstances in the environment. It is about the selection and successfully monitoring of behaviour that facilitate the attainment of chosen goals.


I am Vice Dean of Education at the Faculty of Human Movement and Behavioral Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Goal-directed behaviour forms the connection between my research and my vision on higher education. The highest goal I aim to achieve in higher education is to enable students to know and develop their talents and become aware of how a critical, constructive attitude can contribute to society. Including societal problems and approaching them from various disciplinary perspectives is of highest importance. The students’ development starts with good teachers, for whom it is of equal importance to know and develop their talents. Therefore, I am strongly committed to the professionalisation of teachers enabling them to develop their personal skills to guide the students.

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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

Academic qualification

Developmental Psychology, PhD, Fractionation of executive function: A developmental approach., Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 17 Oct 2006

Developmental Psychology, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 5 Nov 1999


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