Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in Forensic Psychology at Maastricht University and the Police Academy of the Netherlands. Next to my study, I am a part-time senior police officer at police station Centrum-Amstel of the Amsterdam Police Force.

The first aim of my PhD study is to learn more about the prevalence of certain psychological vulnerabilities in police suspects, based on the research of Professor Gudjonsson. In addition, police interrogations of vulnerable suspects, and the influence of police detention center environments on suspects are explored.

The title of my thesis will be: People at Risk During Police Interrogations in Police Custody: Different Perspectives on Vulnerable Suspects in the Netherlands, and the aim is to defend it in the spring of 2018.



  • Education

    • PhD student in Forensic Psychology
      Maastricht University  |  Police Academy of the Netherlands
      (2014 – now)
      Prof. Corine de Ruiter, PhD
      (Full Professor of Forensic Psychology | Maastricht University)
      Nicolien Kop, PhD
      (Professor of Applied Sciences | Police Academy of the Netherlands)
    • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
      Open University of the Netherlands (2013)
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
      Open University of the Netherlands (2012)
    • Executive Master in Tactical Policing (“LTM“)
      Police Academy of the Netherlands (2000)
    • Pre-university secondary education (“VWO“)
      Goois Lyceum, Bussum (1996)
  • Work Experience

    • Senior Police Officer  |  Amsterdam (2016 – now)
      Police Station Centrum-Amstel
    • PhD Student in Forensic Psychology (2014 – now)
      Maastricht University  |  Police Academy of the Netherlands
    • Senior Police Officer  |  National Police Agency (2008-2011)
      Law enforcement on motorways in the Netherlands
    • Police Lieutenant  |  Tilburg (2006-2008)
      Member of the Police Incident Commander Team and Deputy Public Prosecutor
    • Senior Police Officer  |  Eersel (2005-2006)
      Community policing and emergency response
    • Police Sergeant  |  Amsterdam (2003-2005)
      Law enforcement on motorways and the urban area of Amsterdam, motor guidance for VIP’s and members of the Dutch royal family, and coach of junior traffic police officers
    • Management Development Trainee  |  Amsterdam (2000-2003)
      Several internships, for example at a Police Detainee Centre, the Police Unit Amstelveen-Zuid, and at the Criminal Investigation Department of Amstelveen
  • Additional Work Experience

    • Internship Forensic Psychology and Psychodiagnostics
      Psychological examinations of suspects by order of the Dutch Centre of Expertise for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP), in order to advise the judiciary
      L.E.E. Ligthart, PhD, MD
      Licensed Clinical / Neuro / Forensic Psychologist
  • Additional Courses

    • Neuropsychological Assessment and Development
      Tilburg University
    • Brain and Behavior
      Tilburg University
    • Statistics and Methodology
      Tilburg University
    • English course on Scientific Writing
      VU-University Amsterdam
    • English course on Effective Communication (B2/C1 level)
      Maastricht University
    • Several (Criminal) Law courses
      Open University of the Netherlands
    • Basic Qualification Psychodiagnostics (“BAPD“)
      Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)
    • CPP Advanced Studies in Public Management
      Open University of the Netherlands
  • Hobbies

    • I grew up with water and sailing. Since 2001, I own a sailing school ownership license (in Dutch: ‘Opleider‘) from the Dutch federal organization ‘Commissie Watersport Opleidingen‘ (CWO, which is associated with the International Sailing Association ISAF). I am qualified to teach all levels in the category ‘open sailboat’, and I am authorized to grant the complete range of the Dutch sailing instructor certificates as well. Further, I was a staff member of the ‘opleiders’ course, examiner of practical courses for senior sailing instructors, and quality inspector of sailing schools and sailing associations. 
    • Mountains, snow, and skiing are my other passions and addictions. Since I was eight weeks old, I have spent most of my holidays in Austria. In 2007 and in 2013, I obtained the Austrian Ski Instructor grade Anwärter (Snow Sports Academy/WSSV). Ich spreche also auch ‘ne bischl Deutsch.
  • Member of …

    European Association of Psychology & Law (EAPL)

    International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

    Roze in Blauw, the Amsterdam Gay Police Network

    Organizational Committee of the 1st World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals
    03-06 August 2016 Amsterdam



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