After completing both a bachelor and a research master in psychology at the VU Amsterdam, I started here with a Ph.D. on the psychological assessment of refugees. In my Ph.D. project, I focus on the usefulness and validity of psychological instruments among refugees. In addition to examining the validity of existing psychological instruments, I am developing an implicit test to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes of refugees.
In my work, I mostly concentrate on individual differences in personality and cognitive ability, examining the validity of refugees’ test-scores. How can these constructs be measured effectively among refugees to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes? Are there population mean-level differences in test-scores, and if so, what do such differences mean? Much empirical work has focused on explicit social cognition in personnel selection, and I want to contribute to this by developing an implicit personality-based instrument to address limitations of self-report instruments.
Next to my passion for research, I aim to utilize scientific insights in organizations. As a consultant at the NOA – an organization that concentrates on psychological research and consultancy, and that financed my project – I advise and train clients in psychological assessments.
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