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After obtaining my master degree in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, I started working at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital/Dutch Cancer Institute, first as a research assistant and later on as a PhD student. In 2006, I defended my PhD thesis ‘Information processing and brain activity after adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients’.

Then I moved to the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria and the Department of Medical Psychology of the VU University Medical Center, in Amsterdam to become a researcher under the guidance of Prof. dr. Peggy Cohen-Kettenis. From 2003 – 2007, I was assigned as editor in chief of Neuropraxis, a Dutch journal on the practice of Neuroscience.

My research focuses on the etiology and development of gender identity and gender incongruence, and the evaluation of care and treatment for gender incongruence. I have a specific interest in the effects of – hormone – treatment on behaviour and cognition.

I am a member of the steering committee of the European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence, a project member of dsd-LIFE (FP-7 Health) and the Dutch field trial on the revision of the criteria for gender incongruence in the International Classification of Diseases (World Health Organisation). I supervise several PhD and master students.