Personal profile


Compulsive disorders, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Addiction, Clinical Research, Autonomy

Research interests

My main research focus is on compulsive disorders: addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). My primary motivation is understanding why it is so challenging to stop behaviors that we know are not good for us. While my earlier research primarily delved into the biological and mechanistic aspects of these conditions, I have recently expanded to  qualitative and clinically applied projects. With this shift in focus I aim to directly influence treatment approaches, especially in the realm of psychotherapy.

Moreover, my current research involves a project that explores the significance of autonomy within the wider field of psychiatry. I am particularly interested in investigating how autonomy can be enhanced in patients, with the ultimate goal of improving their overall well-being. By narrowing the gap between theoretical understanding and practical application, I strive to contribute to the development of more effective and patient-centered therapeutic interventions.

Education/Academic qualification

GZ-Psycholoog in opleiding, RINO Groep

1 Jan 20211 Nov 2023

Award Date: 1 Nov 2023

PhD, Out of control: Losing oneself in compulsivity, Amsterdam UMC - Universiteit van Amsterdam: Faculteit der Geneeskunde

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

Master, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Universiteit Utrecht

Award Date: 1 Feb 2009

Master, MSc Klinische Psychologie, Universiteit Utrecht

Award Date: 1 May 2006

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or