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

Selected projects

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)

  • 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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