I have been a Postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University since March 2010. My expertise and interests lie on the crossroads of Developmental Psychology, Educational Science and Cognitive Science. My research focuses on reading impairments (dyslexia) and their remediation, learning to read (including orthographic learning) and cross-linguistic differences in reading. Since 2015 I have started a new line of research, Cognition of Coding (computer programming), to study learning to code and computational thinking in primary school children. Also see my blog at www.cognition-of-coding.org.
Between my M.Sc. (Clinical Developmental Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 2003) and Ph.D. (Educational Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 2010) I worked as a school psychologist and noticed that there is a need for evidence-based methods of instruction and intervention. Therefore, an explicit aim of my research is to develop educational tools (including tests and remediations) based on insights gained from theoretical research, and, subsequently, test whether these those tools are indeed effective in practice.