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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=2700) 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

Bullying-related behaviour in adolescents with autism: Links with autism severity and emotional and behavioural problems

Fink, E., Olthof, T., Goossens, F., van der Meijden, S. & Begeer, S., 1 Aug 2018, In : Autism. 22, 6, p. 684-692 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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 JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Educational Status
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Delayed autism spectrum disorder recognition in children and adolescents previously diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Kentrou, V., de Veld, D. M., Mataw, K. J. & Begeer, S., 24 Sep 2018, In : Autism. p. 1362361318785171

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Autistic Disorder
Diagnostic Errors
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 JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Theory of Mind
Autistic Disorder
Randomized Controlled Trials
Social Skills

Activities 2000 2015

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

Testing and Training Theory of Mind in Autism

Begeer, S. M. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Levensloop bij autisme in cijfers

Begeer, S. M. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Kind en Adolescent (Journal)

Begeer, S. M. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


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: Prize / AwardAcademic

Endeavour Research Fellowship Award

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development

S.M. Begeer (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic