As a research professor I work at the University of Amsterdam. I started the UvA Family Lab where fundamental research into parent-child interactions takes place and founded of the academic treatment clinic for parents and children UvA minds, where clinical research into the effectiveness of treatment is conducted.

My main research themes are the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology through family processes, and particularly the role of the father, mindfulness for parents and children, and (cost)effectiveness of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions to prevent and treat psychopathology. I acquired many grants from NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and ZonMW (Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development) for Randomised Clinical Trials on prevention and treatment programs for childhood and adult psychopathology, and for implementation of these programs. My fundamental and innovative research into the aetiology of anxiety disorders was awarded with the Aspasia, Vidi and Vici personal grants for excellent researchers belonging in the top 5% of their research area by NWO.

I published over 200 scientific papers in international scientific journals, many chapters in national and international books, and 14 books. My book on Mindful Parenting (together with Kathleen Restifo) (New York: Springer, Norton), has been translated in various languages, as well as my public book Mindful parenting in a hectic life (Amsterdam: Ambo Anthos).

A short video on my research ideas (Dutch):

Two documentaries have been broadcasted about the mindfulness programme for children with ADHD and their parents that me and my team investigated (MYmind), one about the “pills or chills” study for BodhiTV (, Dutch) and one on BBC-I:

I’ve been member of the workgroup anxiety disorders of the American Psychiatric Association of the DSM-5. I was awarded as the most entrepreneurial social scientist in 2010, and awarded for my research into the treatment of child anxiety disorders by the Dutch Patient Association Anxiety, Compulsion and Phobia. I’m associate editor the highly successful Scientific journal (first impact factor 3.6) Mindfulness (Springer).

I frequently give keynotes and workshops at European and World conferences for Cognitive Behaviour Therapies and on Mindfulness conferences. Together with prof. Anne Speckens, I was the scientific director of the International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) that took place 10-13 Juli 2018 in Amsterdam (for a short video, see My current citation index (H-index, Web of Science) is 40.

See for my research profile or download here my CV.



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