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14:00-14:45 Round 3

Ineke van der Ham - Clinical Neuropsychology (English)

Ineke van der Ham will discuss the exciting field of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. Having a background in clinical psychology (BSc), cognitive neuroscience (MSc), and experimental psychology (PhD), she tries to integrate these areas of expertise in her current work. Neuropsychology focuses on the relation between the brain and behavior. Her personal interest lies with the neuropsychology of spatial cognition. How do we remember where we left our keys? Is it normal to get lost frequently, or is this a sign of Alzheimer’s disease? In her research she makes use of novel virtual reality techniques to assess spatial functioning in healthy humans and patients with brain damage. Also, they are designing serious games with exercises to improve navigation ability. On a daily basis, she combines research activities with teaching and she is concerned with topics ranging from fundamental theory to everyday clinical practice. She will talk about what it is like being an academic researcher in neuropsychology.


Michelle Achterberg and Renske van der Cruijsen - PhD Developmental & Educational Psychology (English)

Michelle Achterberg is a PhD student at Leiden University and works in the department of developmental psychology. She completed her research master Neuroscience & Cognition at Utrecht University in 2014. During her master, Michelle studied structural brain connectivity in children with ADHD and Autism (UMC Utrecht) and functional brain connectivity in children between 8 and 25 years (Leiden University). In September 2014 she started her PhD project, which is part of the Leiden Consortium Individual Development (L-CID). The general aim of the L-CID is to dissect the reason why not all children are equally responsive to variations in the social environment.

Michelle is specifically interested in behavioral control in the prepubertal brain, and focuses on the heritability and neural correlates of aggression regulation in childhood. Michelle is in her fourth year of her PhD track and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone, Prof. Dr. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, and Dr. Anna an Duijvenvoorde. In her presentation at the PFP congress she will present on “Getting your PhD: ins and outs on science, PhD projects, and life as a PhD student”. She will present together with her PhD colleague Renske van der Cruijsen and they are aiming to keep the presentation informal, with lots of room for questions.



Hillie Aaldering - Social & Organizational Psychology (English)

Hillie Aaldering works as assistant professor at the department of work & organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam, as teacher and researcher in the field of conflict and cooperation. In this lecture, she will tell you how she ended up in this academic position. Why did she pursue a PhD? Why does she love working as an academic scholar? Why does she conduct the research she does? What’s so fun about teaching?

In answering these questions, Hillie will share her personal experiences about life in academia, as well as information about her research area. She will discuss perks and pitfalls of pursuing a PhD. Is it like writing a huge master thesis, but getting paid for it? What’s the risk and benefit of specializing so much into one particular topic? Will you lose contact with the ‘real world’? As well as great reasons why (not) to pursue a further career in academia. Do you like teaching? What about practice? Is writing for scientific journals interesting enough? How do you ‘make a difference’? It will be an interesting as well as interactive lecture where you can ask questions, share concerns, and hopefully get excited by the idea of a career in science!


Anna Sagana - Forensic Psychology (English)

Anna is an Assistant Professor in Legal Psychology at Maastricht University. Her expertise is on eyewitness identifications, eyewitness memory and decision making. After graduating from the Programme of Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Dr. Sagana joined the Psychology and Law track of the Applied Cognitive Psychology Master at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Subsequently, she became a doctoral candidate in the Forensic Section of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University from which she graduated in 2015. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research on the effect of choice blindness on eyewitness testimony and on postdictors of accuracy in eyewitness identification decisions. Currently, her research focuses on identification procedures for disguised perpetrators and on judicial decision making. 

So far in her career, Dr. Sagana has published articles on eyewitness identification and choice blindness in a range of legal psychology journals including Applied Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Science and the Law, and Legal and Criminological Psychology. She has extensive experience as a lecturer in legal and forensic psychology and teaches topics such as experts’ decision making, interrogation and interviewing techniques, forensic neuropsychology and sex offending. She also works as an expert witness on a case by case basis. In this lecture, Anna will tell you everything about her experiences and her knowledge!


Jet Sichterman - Child & Adolescent Psychology (English)

Jet Sichterman is specialized in Expat Child Psychology: supporting international families through private practice. When moving from country to country, the whole family is faced with the challenges of letting go from the old and getting used to the new. They may not speak the language or might not understand the new country’s healthcare system. When a child in such a family is struggling, where should the family turn to? When the therapists in the country do not have the methods or confidence to support the family in English or, better still, in your own language, what can they do?

Jet Sichterman, Psychologist NIP and MSc. Child & Adolescent Psychology (Leiden University) founded her practice Expat Child Psychology in an attempt to provide answers to these questions. The practice supports international children and their families who are currently living in the Netherlands. Jet herself particularly enjoys working with young children with developmental delays, autism and selective mutism, while the practice supports a range of ages and difficulties. During this lecture, Jet will talk about the specific needs of international families and about what it takes to run your own practice!


Ignace Hooge - Applied Cognitive Psychology (English)

Ignace Hooge received his PhD in 1996 and since 2001 he works in Psychology in Utrecht. His main interests are Vision, Eye movements and the application of psychology in products, interfaces, marketing etc. Ignace is the program coordinator of the master Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Utrecht and in 2015 he was rewarded teacher of the year of this university. The presentation will contain a short history of eye tracking (eye tracking was already conducted around 1900!) and other interesting applications of this beautiful technique. Eye tracking is used in safety research, usability, marketing research, decision making, virtual reality, reading research and many other fields of psychology and Cognitive Science!



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