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Sander Begeer, PhD
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences

Section Clinical Developmental Psychology, Room 3E-18
Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
t. 00 31 (0)20 5989698 / S.Begeer@vu.nl / Workdays Monday-Thursday


My research and teaching are focused on the development, assessment and treatment of social functioning of individuals with and without psychopathology, in particular autism. I am keen to find new approaches to assess the limitations in social functioning of individuals with autism, and use these to assess treatment effects and innovate treatments. I co-founded the Netherlands Autism Register (NAR), www.nederlandsautismeregister.nl, a large longitudinal cohort of individuals with autism (n=2000) which is surveyed yearly. I strive for close collaboration with and individual dissemination of outcomes to affected individuals. These efforts are reflected in the teaching in our department, where we aim to translate fundamental research to clinical practise within the domain of psychopathology.



Program Director of the Research Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology

Developmental Disorders (B3, coordinator)

Bachelor Theses Section Clinical Developmental Psychology (B3, coordinator)

Autism and Developmental Disorders, Research master course (RM, coordinator)

Psychopathology (RM, coordinator)

Bachelor, Master and Research master theses (supervisor)


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  • BF Psychology
  • Autism

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Research Output 2001 2018

Autistic Disorder
Transgender Persons
Referral and Consultation
Adolescent Behavior
Autistic Disorder
Crime Victims
Problem Behavior

Children with autism spectrum disorder from China and the Netherlands: Age of diagnosis, gender and comorbidities

Wang, K., Wang, C., Guo, D., van Wijngaarden, M. & Begeer, S. 1 Oct 2018 In : Research in autism spectrum disorders. 54, p. 76-82 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Educational Status
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Does Theory of Mind Training Enhance Empathy in Autism?

Holopainen, A., de Veld, D. M. J., Hoddenbach, E. & Begeer, S. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theory of Mind
Autistic Disorder
Randomized Controlled Trials
Social Skills

Emotion Control Predicts Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Boys With and Without an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bos, M. G. N., Diamantopoulou, S., Stockmann, L., Begeer, S. & Rieffe, C. Aug 2018 In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48, 8, p. 2727-2739 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Longitudinal Studies
Problem Behavior
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Activities 2000 2015

  • 46 Lecture / Presentation
  • 5 Editorial work
  • 3 Conference
  • 1 Membership

Testing and Training Theory of Mind in Autism

Begeer, S. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2015

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Longitudinal Stability of Social Interaction Styles in Children and Adolescents with Autism

Begeer, S. (Speaker), Koot, J. (Speaker), van Wijngaarden, M. (Speaker)
14 May 2015

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Levensloop bij autisme in cijfers

Begeer, S. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Seen but not heard: School-based professionals’ oversight of autism in children from ethnic minority groups

D. Burke (Speaker), Koot, J. (Speaker), Begeer, S. (Speaker)
15 Jul 2014

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Kind en Adolescent (Journal)

Begeer, S. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: ScientificEditorial work


Emotionele competentie van kinderen met autisme spectrum stoornissen

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), J.M. Koot (Recipient), C.J. Rieffe (Recipient), M. Meerum Terwogt (Recipient) & G.T.M. Stegge (Recipient), 2008

Prize: ScientificPrize / Award

Endeavour Research Fellowship Award

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), 2012

Prize: ScientificPrize / Award

Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), 2004

Prize: ScientificPrize / Award