I am a methodologist and I started my PhD within REACH-AUT (www.reach-aut.nl) at the department of Brain and Cognition of the University of Amsterdam and the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis in October 2014 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Hilde Geurts, Prof. Dr. Denny Borsboom and Dr. Sander Begeer. In my PhD-project, I will focus on critical risk and success factors for quality of life of people with autism spectrum (ASD). Among investigating these variables in different developmental stages of ASD, I aim to explore the influence of both, early diagnosis and specific environmental factors on quality of life of people with ASD. In this research endeavor we will use relatively novel network analysis techniques to investigate the architecture of functional an causal mechanisms in the development of ASD.
I received my Research Master degree (MSc cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam in August 2014. During my studies, I have been working as a research assistant under supervision of Denny Borsboom and Angelique Cramer. In 2013, I have been working as a research intern at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin under supervision of Michaela Riediger and Gloria Luong.