I joined d’Arc as a PhD-student in February 2018 under supervision of prof. dr. Hilde Geurts and dr. Joost Agelink van Rentergem. I obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and Methodology & Statistics at Leiden University.
During my PhD-project, I will focus on aging in people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I aim to establish empirically defined ASD-subtypes by using questionnaire and behavioral data. To this end, I will apply advanced statistical techniques and investigate the validity of the subtypes by also analyzing variables that were not used in their definition. Furthermore, I am interested in the stability of the subtypes over time, which I will examine by collecting longitudinal data. Through these subtypes we will be able to identify potential vulnerability and protective factors for aging with an ASD. These findings will contribute to a better understanding of heterogeneity in ASD, and of the prognosis of those aging with an ASD.