About

I am an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Leiden University, after a PhD in clinical psychology at the Free University Berlin, and four years of postgraduate training in methodology at KU Leuven and the University of Amsterdam.

My interests are how to best understand, measure, model, and classify mental health problems. To do so, I conceptualize mental health or illness as emergent properties that arise from complex, dynamical, biopsychosocial systems, rather than as clear-cut categories with simple causes. I work at the intersection of clinical psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, methodology, and complexity science, and enjoy learning about philosophy of science. Besides that, I am interested in improving cumulative psychological science through open science practices. You can find my CV here.

For an introduction of what I am up to, and why I think it matters, I recommend the short interview I gave after winning the Janet Taylor Spence award for transformative early career contributions in 2021 (written response, podcast). Another good overview is provided in the profile that Lancet Psychiatry published about me in 2019.

When I am not working, I enjoy taking and post-processing photographs, traveling, singing, cooking, reading, and boardgames / computer games / roleplaying games.