Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Full professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Parenting and Special Education Research Group

  • 1994
    Ph.D. in Educational Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • 1987
    Qualified high school teacher, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • 1987
    Master Educational Sciences, specialisation special education, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • 1985
    Bachelor Educational Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

Selected publications

  • Neerinckx H., Maes B. (2016). Joint attention behaviours in people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: the influence of the context. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29 (6), 574-584.

  • Nijs S., Vlaskamp C., Maes B. (2015). The nature of peer-directed behaviours in children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and its relationship with social scaffolding behaviours of the direct support worker. Child: Care, Health and Development, 42 (1), 98-108.

  • Vos P., De Cock P., Petry K., Van Den Noortgate W., Maes B. (2013). See me, feel me. Using physiology to validate behavioural observations of emotions of people with severe or profound intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57 (5), 452-461.

  • Vos P., De Cock P., Petry K., Van Den Noortgate W., Maes B. (2013). Investigating the relationship between observed mood and emotions in people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57 (5), 440-451.

  • Heyvaert, M., Maes, B., Van Den Noortgate, W., Kuppens, S., Onghena, P. (2012). A multilevel meta-analysis of single-case and small-n research on interventions for reducing challenging behavior in persons with intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(2), 766-780.

  • Hostyn, I., Daelman, M., Janssen, M., Maes, B. (2010). Describing dialogue between persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and direct support staff using the scale for dialogical meaning making. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 54(8), 679-690.

  • Penne A., ten Brug A., Munde V., van der Putten A., Vlaskamp C., Maes B. (2012). Staff interactive style during multisensory storytelling with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56 (2), 167-178.

  • Petry, K., Maes, B., Vlaskamp, C. (2009). Measuring the quality of life of people with profound multiple disabilities using the QOL-PMD: First results. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30(6), 1394-1405.

  • Van Puyenbroeck, J., Maes, B. (2009). The effect of reminiscence group work on life satisfaction, self-esteem and mood of ageing people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(1), 23-33.

  • Maes, B., Lambrechts, G., Hostyn, I., Petry, K. (2007). Quality-enhancing interventions for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: A review of the empirical research literature. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 32(3), 163-178 (citations : 8) (IF publication year : 0.5) (IF most recent : 1.35).

  • Maes, B., Broekman, T., Dosen, A., Nauts, J. (2003). Caregiving burden of families looking after persons with intellectual disability and behavioural or psychiatric problems. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 47(6), 447-455.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • https://www.kuleuven.be/onderzoek/portaal/#/projecten/user/U0007087?hl=nl&lang=nl

  • Currently running PhD projects

  • Ann Dhondt: Communicative development in young children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay.

  • Evy Meys: Developing and strengthening social networks in adults with a disability.

  • Sara Nijs (post doc): Use of technology in supporting interactions, activity and participation in persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

  • Hadewych Schepens: Quality of life and support in ageing persons with an intellectual disability.

  • Sien Vandesande: The attachment relationship between parents and their child with a severe or profound intellectual disability.

  • Lien Vanderkerken: Family quality of life and the family centered approach in families of children with an intellectual disability.

  • Ines van Keer: Family patterns of interaction and child interactive engagement in young children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay.

Finished PhD projects (since 2010)

  • Ellen Rombouts (2017): Time to sign. Implementation of key word signing by professionals (copromotor, Faculteit Geneeskunde).

  • Aafke Kamstra (2017). Who cares? Research into maintaining, strengthening, and expanding the informal social networks of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. (Copromotor, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

  • Dorien Veltens (2016): In Godsnaam. Zingeving en pastoraat met mensen met een verstandelijke beperking (copromotor, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen).

  • Heleen Neerinckx (2015): Attentional processes in persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

  • Sara Nijs (2015): Social peer interactions between persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

  • Stien Meuris (2013): Functional use of key word signing in adults with intellectual disabilities (Copromotor; Faculteit Geneeskunde).

  • Pieter Vos (2012): Measuring subjective well-being in persons with severe and profound intellectual disabilities.

  • Femke Migerode (2012), Processes of interpersonal influence in families with a child with disability (co-promotor, Universiteit Gent).

  • Mieke Heyvaert (2012). Mixed methods research synthesis: Methodology and application in research on the treatment of challenging behaviour among persons with intellectual disabilities.

  • Vera Munde (2011). Attention please ! Alertness in individuals with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (co-promotor, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

  • Ine Hostyn (2011): Interactions between people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and their direct support staff.

  • Joke Vandereet (2010). Longitudinal study of the communication development in young children with intellectual disabilities (copromotor, Faculteit Geneeskunde).

  • Greet Lambrechts (2010). Staff emotions, beliefs, and reactions towards challenging behaviour of clients with a severe or profound intellectual disability.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the Special Interest Research Group ‘Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities’ of the International Association on the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD)

  • Member of the expert panel of Social Sciences of the Flemish Fund of Scientific Research

  • Member of the review board of Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Zorg aan verstandelijk gehandicapten; Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

  • Reviewer for Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in developmental disabilities, American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of KU Leuven


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