I was born on the 24th of January 1987 in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and grew up in the meadows among the goats and horses of Klein Aver Heyno. Although by that time I thought gymnastics and playing the piano were significantly more important in life than anything else, I secretly developed a keen interest in human behavior.
After finishing secondary education at the Carolus Clusius College in Zwolle, I moved to Utrecht to study Psychology. In 2007, I finished my Bachelors in Clinical and Health Psychology, after which I spent a semester in Canada to study Sport Psychology. After another intermezzo at the University of California at Berkeley, I obtained my Master’s degree (cum laude) in Social and Health Psychology at Utrecht University. In December 2010, I started a PhD project on ‘Forgiveness among Children’ at Radboud University Nijmegen, supervised by Johan Karremans and Toon Cillessen. During my PhD, I visited Cardiff University to work with Greg Maio. As of January 2015, I work as an Assistant Professor at the Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology department of Utrecht University.
Besides working, I love to hang out with my partner (Koen) and son (Eddie) in our hometown Utrecht, drink Belgian beers, travel through Italy, and exercise in the sun.