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As Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology I've developed and am coordinating 3 courses "Psychopathology and Prevention", "Diversity in Clinical Practice" and "Psychological interventions for Complex disorders". Additionally, I'm involved in research of Dr. Tara Donker investigating Virtual Reality self-help apps for specific phobia's. Furthermore, I'm hoping to continue my own line of research investigating habits and habit breaking in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Previously, I received a Rubicon Grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) to work as a postdoctoral scholar at the OCD Research Program of the Psychiatry Department of UC San Diego, under supervision of Dr. Sanjaya Saxena. In this research project I investigated a new behavioral treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, aimed at breaking compulsive habits. This research was a follow-up of the studies I conducted during my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In this project I investigated the reciprocal relationships between checking and cognitive symptoms in OCD and what role this may play in the development and maintenance of the disorder.

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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 4 - Quality Education


  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Experimental Psychopathology Research
  • Clinical Practice


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