About me

Short Biography

Since 2012 I work as an Assistant Professor at the department Psychology of Conflict, Risk, and Safety (PCRS) of the University of Twente, in Enschede the Netherlands. Using both field and experimental methods I investigate how intergroup processes –such as identification, stereotyping and intergroup emotions– influence peoples’ reactions in high stakes situations, such as intergroup and/or interpersonal conflicts and during deception.

In 2011 I worked at the Yale Intergroup Relations Lab as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, with Jack Dovidio as my sponsor.

In 2001 I started with studying social and organisational psychology at the University of Groningen. My interest in group processes, combined with my personal interest to experience new cultures, motivated me to leave Groningen in the final year of my study to visit Paul Paulus at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the United States of America. After returning to Groningen I started on a Ph.D.-project at the Institute for Integration and Social Efficacy at the University of Groningen with Sabine Otten, Karen van Oudenhoven-van der Zee, and Ellen Giebels as my advisors. This project resulted in my doctoral dissertation: “Neighbor-to-Neighbor Conflicts in Multicultural Neighborhoods” which I defended on January 6th, 2011.

Research Positions


January 2012 – Present. Assistant Professor.
University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
Research and teaching on intergroup relations and conflicts.

January 2011 – January 2012. Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Yale University, New Haven, United States of America.
Conducting research on factors that promote conflicts between groups and strategies to reduce intergroup tensions and bias in collaboration with Prof. Dr. John F. Dovidio.

June 2006 – January 2011. PhD Candidate.
University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Conducting research on intergroup processes, neighbor conflicts, and interventions in deteriorated neighborhoods under supervision of Prof. Dr. Sabine Otten, Prof. Dr. Karen I. van der Zee, & Prof. Dr. Ellen Giebels.

September 2005 – January 2006. Visiting Research Associate.
University of Texas at Arlington, United States of America.
Conducting research on the evaluation of ethnic diversity in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Paul B. Paulus.

February 2004 – September 2005. Research Assistant.
University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Assisting Prof. Dr. Karen I. van der Zee with collecting and analyzing data.

PhD Supervision


May 2016 – present. Supervisor Stijn de Laat (with Maaike Endedijk, Reinout de Vries, & Maurice van Keulen). Time to care! Using sensor technology to dynamically model social interactions of healthcare professionals.

May 2012 – August 2015. Supervisor Sabine Ströfer (with Ellen Giebels & Matthijs Noordzij). Deceptive intent. Physiological reactions in different interpersonal contexts. Successfully defended February 18th, 2016.