The research group of Clinical Psychology investigates: (a) processes in the development and course of psychological problems and psychopathology, and (b) the development of assessment and intervention methods.
The research group consists of the following researchers (in alphabetical order):
Clinical Psychology, option (young) adults
Her research is situated in the domain of (a) clinical assessment of personality traits and -disorders and (b) mechanisms involved in psychopathology in young adults and adults. She studies the association between temperament/identity and non-suicidal self-injury, eating disorders and obesity, and pathological buying.
His main research interests are disorders (a) from the affective spectrum (i.e., depression and stress- and pain-related disorders), and (b) personality disorders. In both areas he is involved in basic research and in interventional research. His basic research focuses on the roles of personality, attachment and social cognition or mentalizing, i.e., the capacity to understand oneself and others in terms of mental states, in these disorders from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Dr. Luyten’s research is fundamentally translational, as he is interested in translating knowledge concerning the mechanisms involved in the causation of psychopathology to the development of new interventions, the evaluation of their (cost)-effectiveness, and their dissemination to and implementation in routine clinical care.
He is interested in existential themes in psychotherapy and counseling – such as meaning, life choices, guilt, relatedness, embodiment, death, posttraumatic growth, and spirituality – and how these existential themes are related to the experience of the therapeutic relationship, the experiential depth of the client and the therapist, and therapy outcome. Other interests are basic psychological skills (and the relation to one’s inner experiencing level), phenomenological and micro-phenomenological research, focusing, humanistic, person-centered, experiential, and existential psychotherapies.
Clinical Psychology, option child and adolescent
His research interests are (a) affective development throughout childhood and adolescence as well as changes in affective life in the course of and after psychodynamic child psychotherapy, (b) developing methods for preventive culture-sensitive parental support and child guidance, as well as charting the effects of early preventive intervention on short-term and long-term child development, (c) psychological and psycho-analytical mechanisms in radicalization, (d) promoting resilience and offering early psychological care for refugee families with children, specially promoting more equal chances for participating in school.
Nady Van Broeck
Saskia van der Oord
Her research is mainly focused on ADHD in children and adolescents. She conducts both fundamental and applied research, and tries to apply this fundamental knowledge to clinical practice and non-pharmacological interventions. One research line is focused on cognitive and motivational determinants of ADHD in children and adolescents, the other research line is focused on testing effectiveness/ efficacy of (behavioral) interventions for ADHD.
Her main research interests are (a) parenthood and parental development in normal and in difficult circumstances (parental emotional availability, parenthood in postpartum depression, adoption and foster parenting), (b) (early) child development and parent-child interaction in normal and in difficult conditions (in postpartum depression, in adoption and foster situations, in poverty), and (c) child psychotherapy and parent guidance for children with emotional difficulties in general, and complex trauma particularly.