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Staff members with discipline Education, Special

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Child and family welfare services
Families experiencing multiple problems
A.G. (Arjen) van Assen, MSc
Contact
a.g.van.assen rug.nl
+31 50 36 39323
Function
PhD-candidate
A.A. Bakker, MSc
Contact
a.a.bakker rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate
M. (Marga) Bhageloe-Blaauw
Contact
m.bhageloe-blaauw rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
The history of child protection and its institutions, history of the supervision order, history of out of home placement of minors.
Archives of professors, history of psychological and pedagogical testing and testmaterials.
dr. I. (Ingrid) van der Bij-de Puij
Contact
i.van.der.bij rug.nl
+31 6 4530 3043
Function
Researcher/ collection specialist / director Archieves of Dutch Behavioral Sciences
Field / Discipline
Inclusive education, social participation, well-being, special educational needs,  social- emotional and/or behaviour difficulties, creating an optimal educational environment
dr. A.A. (Anke) de Boer
Contact
anke.de.boer rug.nl
+31 50 36 39306
Function
Associate Professor
Field / Discipline
G.T. (Grytsje) Bonhage-Talsma, MSc
Contact
g.t.bonhage-talsma rug.nl
+31 50 36 33019
Function
Field / Discipline
dr. K.A. (Kirsten) van den Bosch
Contact
k.a.van.den.bosch rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
dr. M.D.C. (Mijntje) ten Brummelaar
Contact
m.d.c.ten.brummelaar rug.nl
Function
Teacher/researcher
Field / Discipline
Early Assessment and Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Motor Development, Pediatric Health Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy
dr. M.H. (Marja) Cantell
Contact
m.h.cantell rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
A.A.M. (Anouk) van Es, MSc
Contact
a.a.m.van.es rug.nl
Function
Teacher
N. (Niek) Frans, MSc
Contact
n.frans rug.nl
+31 50 36 37631
Function
Teacher/Policy officer
Field / Discipline
My expertise and interest are LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic and questioning) children and youth in the child protection system (CPS). I am currently working on the Audre project which focuses on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth from their own perspective and also from their carers and professionals` perspective. 

More specifically, my research focuses on the resilience, personal and community-based, of LGBTQIA+ youth in the CPS.

Other topics: Child and family welfare; inequalities in child protection;  family foster care; residential child and youth care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system. 
V.R. (Rodrigo) Gonzalez Alvarez
Contact
v.r.gonzalez.alvarez rug.nl
+31 6 2839 5180
Function
PhD student
Child welfare, foster care, child maltreatment, violence, trauma, children's voices, qualitative research methods
prof. dr. H.W.E. (Hans) Grietens
Contact
h.grietens rug.nl
+31 50 36 36566
Function
Full Professor
Field / Discipline
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, SLI, ADHD, Eye Tracking, EEG, fMRI, SPSS, E-Prime, Matlab, MLA, PCA, CFA, Borland Delphi, C++, VBA, MPlus
dr. B.J.A. (Barry) de Groot
Contact
b.j.a.de.groot rug.nl
+31 50 36 36846
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Reading development, classroom behavior, equal opportunities, students with special educational needs, inclusive education
M. (Mariëtte) Hingstman, MSc
Contact
m.hingstman rug.nl
+31 50 36 36418
Function
PhD-student
drs. M. (Maartje) Hofman
Contact
m.hofman01 umcg.nl
+31 50 36 38009
Function
Field / Discipline
Language Learning Problems
S. (Shaomin) Hou, M
Contact
s.hou rug.nl
+31 50 36 36596
Function
PhD student
Special education and youth care
dr. A.M.N. (Anne-Marie) Huyghen
Contact
a.m.n.huyghen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36788
Function
universitair docent
Deafblindness, Multi-sensory disabilities, Communication and Language, Special Education and Rehabilitation, Developmental Psychology
prof. dr. H.J.M. (Marleen H.J.M.) Janssen
Contact
h.j.m.janssen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36575
Function
Full Professor Special Needs Education
Field / Discipline
Interventions for families with multiple and complex problems and so-called at-risk families; Collaboration of professionals with these families and professionals among each other; Practice-oriented research
dr. J. (Jana) Knot-Dickscheit
Contact
j.knot-dickscheit rug.nl
+31 50 36 36576
Function
Associate Professor
Field / Discipline
Teacher-student interactions, complex dynamical systems, motivation/ engagement and well-being, creativity, (special) educational needs
dr. W.E. (Elisa) Kupers
Contact
w.e.kupers rug.nl
Function
Associate professor
Lydia Laninga-Wijnen did her PhD at the department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She has worked on the project "Social Network Analysis of Risk behavior in Early Adolescence" and examined the role of popular peers in the co-evolution of friendships and these behaviors. She currently works as postdoc at the University of Groningen, Department of Sociology, where she evaluates the SterkWerk program, which aims at reducing bullying in elementary schools.
A.M. (Lydia) Laninga-Wijnen, M
Contact
a.m.laninga-wijnen rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral fellow
J.H. (Judith) Loopers, MSc
Contact
j.h.loopers rug.nl
Function
PhD-candidate
Child and family welfare;  decision-making; inequalities in  child protection family foster care; residential child and youth care; transition to adulthood from public care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system
dr. M. (Mónica) Lopez Lopez
Contact
m.lopez.lopez rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
dr. J. (Jorien) Luijkx
Contact
j.luijkx rug.nl
Function
Assistent professor
Field / Discipline
dr. C.B. (Carolien) Lunenborg
Contact
c.b.lunenborg rug.nl
Function
Coordinator Universitair Ambulatorium Groningen, Coördinator Bachelorstage Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen, Coördinator Masterstage Orthopedagogiek, Vakcoördinator
Field / Discipline
prof. dr. A.E.M.G. (Alexander) Minnaert
Contact
a.e.m.g.minnaert rug.nl
+31 50 36 36495
Function
Professor Special Needs Education, Youth Care and Clinical Educational Sciences / Research project leader Learning and educational problems / Ad interim head of the clinical Post Master program Special Needs Education and Youth Care
Project manager
University of Groningen Press (ugp.rug.nl)
drs. M. (Margreet) Nieborg
Contact
m.nieborg rug.nl
Function
Projectmanager/Publishing Consultant UGP
Inclusive education
prof. dr. S.J. Pijl
Contact
s.j.pijl rug.nl
+31 50 36 36681
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
dr. B.G. (Bé) Poolman
Contact
b.g.poolman rug.nl
Function
Universitair Docent
Field / Discipline
Support of peaple with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Especially movement oriented support. 
prof. dr. A.A.J. (Annette) van der Putten
Contact
a.a.j.van.der.putten rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Field / Discipline
Y.G. (Ymke) Riemersma, Bsc
Contact
y.g.riemersma rug.nl
+31 50 36 36191
Function
PhD Candidate
Unaccompanied refugee minors & cultural matching in foster care.
J.A. (Jet) Rip, MSc
Contact
j.a.rip rug.nl
Function
PhD
Field / Discipline
prof. dr. A.J.J.M. (Wied) Ruijssenaars
Contact
a.j.j.m.ruijssenaars rug.nl
+31 50 36 36566
Function
Professor Orthopedagogy
Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers
Asylum and migration
Evaluation research
Trafficking in human beings
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Contact
monika.smit rug.nl
Function
Professor endowed chair Psychosocial care for unaccompamied minor asylum seekers
Field / Discipline
animal-assisted therapy and interventions, micro-developmental research, observational research, child-adult interactions, child-animal interactions, time-serial coding and analysis, dynamic systems theory, cross-recurrence quantification analysis, autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, developmental disabilities.

Currently working on Veni 2018 grant project: (How) Does animal assisted therapy work?  Animal-assisted therapy is gaining popularity, but there is no conclusive evidence for its effect. This study investigates the effect of dog-assisted therapy for children with Down Syndrome and Autism, and looks for a possible mechanism to explain this effect: Increased synchronization between the movements of child and therapy dog.
dr. S. (Steffie) van der Steen, PhD
Contact
s.van.der.steen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36303
Function
assistant professor (tenure track)
Child and Youth Care, specialized in: Evaluation; Family support; Families with long standing and complex problems; international comparative research.
drs. T. (Tim) Tausendfreund
Contact
t.tausendfreund rug.nl
Function
Ph.D Candidate
I am a broadly oriented social scientist with research experience pertaining to various themes within psychology and educational/pedagogical sciences. Using my broad knowledge on methodology and statistics, my focus is mainly on applied research.
Statistical consultancy, evaluation of questionnaires, validity, factor analysis, cluster analysis, test norming, (mis)conceptions of Cronbach's Alpha, measuring psychosocial behaviour, transitions in education / educational careers.
J. (Jorien) Vugteveen, MSc
Contact
j.vugteveen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36558
Function
Assistant Professor
Deafblindness, sensory impairments
M.S. (Mijkje) Worm
Contact
m.s.worm rug.nl
Function
PhDstudent
Field / Discipline
- Youth policy
- Quality of youth services  (cilvil society, prevention, child and youth care, inclusive education)
- effectiveness of interventions for youth and their upbringing
prof. dr. T.A. (Tom) van Yperen
Contact
t.a.van.yperen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36292
Function
Special Professor Monitoring and Innovation Care for Youth
Field / Discipline
dr. A.E. (Elianne) Zijlstra
Contact
a.e.zijlstra rug.nl
+31 50 36 36541
Function
Researcher
H.J. (Lydie) Zwartenkot-Norder, MSc
Contact
h.j.zwartenkot-norder rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
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