My research combines insights from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to understand human development within its socio-cultural context. I investigate development of youth from diverse (cultural) backgrounds as well as from different cultural contexts and how it is afforded by society and the people around them (e.g., parents, peers, teachers). As I believe that children are our future, my ultimate research goal is to ensure a safe and enriching childhood in the broadest sense for all youth, across different cultural and family backgrounds, gender, sexual orientations, and physical and mental (dis)abilities. I am therefore currently extending my research beyond cultural diversity to other diversity experiences.
Tags: (Cultural) diversity, social inequality, intergroup/social relations, acculturation and identity, (school) adjustment and well-being
In the Bachelor, I coordinate and teach the course ' Development of personal relationships' in the second year of the Dutch and English psychology program. In the Master, I am also involved as supervisor of master theses in the clinical child and youth program. Prior to this, I have also coordinated and taught 'Statistics for Psychologists - Part 1' in the first year of the Dutch psychology program at the Catholic University of Leuven as well as supervised master theses in the clinical and research master programs.