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Sander Begeer, Associate 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



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=3300) 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 2020

Stability and change in social interaction style of children with autism spectrum disorder: A 4-year follow-up study

Scheeren, A. M., Koot, H. M. & Begeer, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Autism Research. 13, 1, p. 74-81 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Interpersonal Relations
Autistic Disorder
Social Behavior
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Information Systems

Background and enrollment characteristics of students with autism in higher education

Bakker, T., Krabbendam, L., Bhulai, S. & Begeer, S., 1 Nov 2019, In : Research in autism spectrum disorders. 67, p. 1-12 12 p., 101424.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Information Systems

De Theory of Mind training voor kinderen met autisme: een gerandomiseerde gecontroleerde trial

Begeer, S., Hoddenbach, E., van Wettum, E., Scheeren, A. M. & de Veld, D. M. J., 5 Sep 2019, In : Neuropraxis.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Sleep determines quality of life in autistic adults: A longitudinal study

Deserno, M. K., Borsboom, D., Begeer, S., Agelink van Rentergem, J. A., Mataw, K. & Geurts, H. M., May 2019, In : Autism Research. 12, 5, p. 794-801 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Longitudinal Studies
Quality of Life
Autistic Disorder

Activities 2000 2018

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

EEG resting state biomarkers relating to sensory sensitivity in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

R.F. Weiland (Speaker), Sander Begeer (Speaker), T. Polderman (Speaker), E. van der Burg (Speaker), D. Smit (Speaker), N. Cornelisse (Speaker), S. Simpraga (Speaker), K. Linkenkaer Hansen (Speaker), M. Verhage (Speaker)
2018 → …

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

S. Begeer (Speaker), H.M. Koot (Speaker), M. Wierda (Speaker)
14 May 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Testing and Training Theory of Mind in Autism

S.M. Begeer (Speaker)
1 Sep 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Levensloop bij autisme in cijfers

S.M. Begeer (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Emotionele competentie van kinderen met autisme spectrum stoornissen

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


Endeavour Research Fellowship Award

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), 2012