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My research focuses on the social psychological aspects of group processes and intergroup relations. I study the motivational underpinnings and implications of social identity processes, in particular for individuals who are devalued or stereotyped. 

My research projects revolve around two interrelated themes and questions:

1. Intragroup morality and norm violations: How does (im)morality motivate team members? How do individuals cope with threats to intragroup morality stemming from norm violations in work settings?

2. Inter- and intragroup diversity: How can we create a diverse and inclusive environment for teams and organisations? How are individuals affected by—and how do they perform in—diverse (working) groups? In one of my research projects I focus specifically on Gender diversity in academia: To what extent do male and female scientists face differential opportunities in academia? I am particularly interested in developing effective evidence-based interventions to obtain equal opportunities and equal gender representation in teams and organisations.

In answering these questions, I use different measures and methods (e.g., implicit and explicit measures, psychophysiological measures, lab experiments, field studies, surveys).



I teach at the Bachelor and Master level. My courses are related to topics such as identity, intergroup relations, diversity, and stereotyping. 

Academic qualification

Social and Organizational Psychology, PhD, Universiteit Leiden

Award Date: 13 Jun 2013

Research Master in Social Psychology, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Psychology, Bachelor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005


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