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Sander Begeer, Professor
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
Department of Clinical- Neuro- and Developmental Psychology                                               
Section Clinical Developmental Psychology, Room MF B544
Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
t. 00 31 (0)20 5989698 / S.Begeer@vu.nl / Workdays Monday-Thursday

The title of my chair is 'The Diversity of Autism: Development, Assessment and Treatment'. Since 2012, I (co)founded and direct the Netherlands Autism Register (NAR), www.nederlandsautismeregister.nl, a large longitudinal cohort of autistic individuals. Our slogan is ‘together we know more’. I believe that the cross-pollination of knowledge and experience between scientists, clinicians and clinical groups improves the quality of research. My collaborations with clinicians and self-advocates with autism and parents/next of kin over the last 20 years have resulted in a wide range of deliverables, from applied projects on diagnostic tests, clinician bias, network analyses and e-health treatment, to fundamental projects using EEG and genetics. While I thoroughly acknowledge the limitations of autism, it is pivotal to improve our understanding of the diversity within the autism spectrum, including the positive features. This will create a balanced perspective on both strengths and weaknesses of autism, which hopefully will reduced stigma and increase societal inclusion. I teach at bachelor, master and research master levels, and am program director of the Research Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (RMCDP). A key aim of my research and teaching is bridging the gap between science and society, through close collaboration with and individual dissemination of outcomes to affected individuals.



Program Director of the Research Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology

Developmental Disorders (B3, coordinator)

Autism, Research master course (RM, coordinator)

Psychopathology (RM, coordinator)

Bachelor, Master and Research master theses (supervisor)

Lectures on autism and diagnostic assessment in Bachelor (B1 and B3)



I am one of the two FGB Confidentiality counselors (Vertrouwenspersoon). You can contact me at S.Begeer@vu.nl.

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