As a researcher in the field of Clinical Child and Family studies I study the quality of relationships between caregivers, parents and children, and the way these interactions can sustainably improve child development.
I try to broaden the understanding by studying important factors relevant to relationships and child development (i.e., emotion regulation, self-determination, self-efficacy, motivation, attachment), and also the underlying mechanisms (i.e., physiological regulation, such as heart rate, autonomic nervous system, cortisol and sleep).
The projects I am involved in are strongly embedded in clinical practice, and based on enduring collaborations with relevant stakeholders in schools, parent organizations, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
As a university teacher I coordinate various courses in the Bachelor and Master. As director of the Master Program my mission in teaching is to promote self-regulated learning and to stimulate students to reflect on their own learning and development. Implementing formative feedback was one of the main goals of recent educational developments I coordinated.