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Agnes  Willemen

Assistant professor 
Department of Clinical Child and Family Studies

(Afdeling Ontwikkelingspedagogiek )

& EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research.

Research interests

The parent-child relationship:
- as a secure base for emotion regulation
- in vulnerable children (referred children, children with chronic disease)
- underlying physiological (Autonomic Nervous System) and neurological mechanisms
- during adolescence: autonomy and relatedness
- during stressful situations
- a scope for interventions



January 2013-present
Assistant Professor, 
VU University Amsterdam, Clinical Child and Family Studies

October 2007-2012
Postdoc researcher, VU University Amsterdam, Clinical Child and Family Studies

October 2003 - 2008
Phd student, Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dissertation “Stress, parent-adolescent interaction and the course of psychopathology”, under the direction of profs C. Schuengel and H.M. Koot.


September 2002 - February 2003
Research Internship, Department of Developmental Psychology, Leuven University, Belgium

Master in Special Education, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Bachelor in Nursing, Hogeschool Holland, Diemen, The Netherlands

Promotions (PhDs)
- 2013 : Advisor L. Scholten “Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral based group intervention for children with chronic disease: A randomized controlled trial” (with prof Last, prof Schuengel, dr Grootenhuis).


- ISED International Article Award (2009)