I have been interested all my life in the human search for meaning and spirituality. The questions that arise in confrontation with life are worthy of attention. People seek answers from (the Christian) traditions, aesthetic expressions, and cultural sources. In doing so, they seek a personal and unique way of life on the one hand and connect to larger stories and communities on the other—the dynamics in between fascinate me.
In my research, I pay special attention to the profession of spiritual caregivers. How do you care for meaning and philosophy of life in a professional manner? And how does that spiritual care change over time? In my research and teaching, I strive to contribute to understanding and improving chaplaincy and to train empathetic, wise, and inspired professionals.
Chair of the Faculty Council
Member of the Ethical Review Committee
Editor 'Theory and Research' of the Dutch Journal of Chaplaincy Studies.