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Batstra, Dr Laura

Laura Batstra
Laura Batstra

Laura Batstra (1973) graduated cum laude in psychology in 1997. She then joined the University Medical Center Groningen as a psychologist, where she worked on various projects in the field of indirect patient care. At the end of 2004 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis ‘Difficult Birth, Difficult Life?’ She went on to work as a treating psychologist at an institution for child and youth psychiatry.
In 2010, Dr Batstra joined the Orthopedagogy department at the University of Groningen where, among other things, she teaches Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents. In her teaching she is able to draw on her experience as a therapist and on her academic research.

Batstra’s fields of research include methods for preventing over-diagnosis without risking under-treatment. ‘In many cases involving children perceived as problematic, the child can be spared the negative effects of a psychiatric diagnosis if help and support is offered to adults in that child’s environment.’ 2012 saw the publication of Batstra’s book ‘ Hoe voorkom je ADHD? Door de diagnose niet te stellen ’ (‘How can ADHD be prevented? By not diagnosing it.’), in which she advocates a new approach to ADHD problems.

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Publications

2019

Sluiter, M. N., Wienen, A. W., Thoutenhoofd, E. D., Doornenbal, J. M., & Batstra, L. (2019). Teachers' role and attitudes concerning ADHD medication: A qualitative analysis. Psychology in the schools, 56(8 ), 1259-1270. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22270
Wienen, A. W., Sluiter, M. N., Thoutenhoofd, E., de Jonge, P., & Batstra, L. (2019). The advantages of an ADHD classification from the perspective of teachers. European Journal of Special Needs Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2019.1580838
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2019). Academic textbooks on ADHD genetics: balanced or biased? (vol 12, 1305590, 2017). International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2019.1616433

2018

Wienen, A. W., Reijnders, I., van Aggelen, M. H., Bos, E. H., Batstra, L., & de Jonge, P. (2019). The relative impact of school‐wide positive behavior support on teachers’ perceptions of student behavior across schools, teachers, and students. Psychology in the schools, 56(2), 232-241. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22209
Wienen, A. W., Batstra, L., Thoutenhoofd, E., Bos, E. H., & de Jonge, P. (2019). Do troublesome pupils impact teacher perception of the behaviour of their classmates? European Journal of Special Needs Education, 34(1), 114-123. https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2017.1421600
Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. (2018). Balancing between care-giving and professionalism: Women's narratives on fostering a victim of maternal sexual abuse. Child and Family Social Work, 23(4), 757-764. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12597
Wienen, A. W., Batstra, L., Thoutenhoofd, E., de Jonge, P., & Bos, E. H. (2018). Teachers' perceptions of behavioral problems in Dutch primary education pupils: The role of relative age. PLoS ONE, 13(10), [0204718]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204718
Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. W. E. (2018). Speaking With and Without Words-An Analysis of Foster Children's Expressions and Behaviors That Are Suggestive of Prior Sexual Abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27(1), 70-87. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2017.1390716

2017

te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Grietens, H., & Frances, A. (2017). ADHD: A critical update For educational professionals. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being , 12(1), [1298267]. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2017.1298267
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2017). Study books on ADHD genetics: balanced or biased? International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being, 12, [1305590]. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2017.1305590

2016

te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2016). Selective quantitative writing on ADHD genetics in study books: A critical analysis. Abstract from EUSARF 2016, Oviedo, Spain.
Wubs, S., Grietens, H., & Batstra, L. (2016). Family narratives on fostering a child with a history of sexual abuse. Abstract from EUSARF 2016, Oviedo, Spain.

2015

Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., Engelsman, R. C. A., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2015). Een 'stepped diagnosis' aanpak voor drukke dwarse en dromerige kinderen. In S. Vandamme (Ed.), Van nu en straks: Over toekomstdenken (pp. 81-92). Gent: Academia Press.

2014

Wubs, D., Grietens, H., & Batstra, L. (2014). Project Iris - Caring for a sexually abused foster child.. 285. Paper presented at EUSARF 2014 'Making a difference', Copenhagen, Denmark.
Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2014). Exploring five common assumptions on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Acta Paediatrica, 103(7), 696-700. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.12642
Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., Pijl, S., Van Tol, D. G., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2014). Childhood ADHD: A Stepped Diagnosis Approach. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 20(3), 169-177. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.pra.0000450316.68494.20
Krabbe, E., Thoutenhoofd, E., Conradi, M., Pijl, S., & Batstra, L. (2014). Birth months as predictor of ADHD medication use in Dutch school classes. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 29(4), 571-578. https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2014.943564

2013

Batstra, L., Thomas, R., & Mitchell, G. (2013). Regulators should do more to protect whistleblowers, commission says Reply. BMJ-British Medical Journal, 347, [7080]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7080
Thomas, R., Mitchell, G. K., & Batstra, L. (2013). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: are we helping or harming? BMJ-British Medical Journal, 347, [6172]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6172
Frances, A., & Batstra, L. (2013). Why So Many Epidemics of Childhood Mental Disorder? Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(4), 291-292. https://doi.org/10.1097/DBP.0b013e31829425f5
Batstra, L. (2013). Stepped diagnosis in child psychiatry. Paper presented at Inclusive Education Conference, Groningen, Netherlands.
Batstra, L., & Thoutenhoofd, E. (2013). The risk that DSM-5 will further inflate the diagnostic bubble. Paper presented at Conference of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands.
Batstra, L., Thomas, R., & Mitchell, G. (2013). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Authors’ reply to Cortese. British Medical Journal, 347. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7080
Batstra, L. (2013). Epiloog. In I. Devisch (Ed.), Ziek van gezondheid. Voor elk probleem een pil? (pp. 149-162). Antwerpen: De Bezige Bij.
Krabbe, E., Batstra, L., Conradi, M., & Pijl, S-J. (2013). Jong gedrag vaak verward met ADHD. Medisch Contact, 68(23), 1241-1243.
Thoutenhoofd, E., & Batstra, L. (2013). Overleeft de psychiatrie de DSM-5? De Psycholoog, 48(3), 10-17.
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2013). Psychiatrische overdiagnostiek voorkomen zonder onderbehandeling te riskeren. De Psycholoog, 48(6), 10-17.
Batstra, L. (2013). Tussen verzinsel en hersenziekte: Wat is nu écht ADHD? . JA! Tijdschrift van de Artsen(vereniging) Jeugdgezondheidszorg Nederland, 29, 7-9.

2012

Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., Nieweg, E., Van Tol, D., Pijl, S. J., & Frances, A. (2012). Childhood emotional and behavioral problems: reducing overdiagnosis without risking undertreatment. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54(6), 492-494. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04176.x
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). Diagnostic Inflation Causes and a Suggested Cure. JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 200(6), 474-479. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e318257c4a2
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). DSM-5 Further Inflates Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 200(6), 486-488. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e318257c4b6
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). Holding the Line against Diagnostic Inflation in Psychiatry. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 81(1), 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1159/000331565

2006

Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., Elsinga, C., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2006). Psychiatric morbidity is related to a chain of prenatal and perinatal adversities. Early Human Development, 82(11), 721-729. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2006.03.003

2004

Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., Ormel, J., & Neeleman, J. (2004). Obstetric optimality and emotional problems and substance use in young adulthood. Early Human Development, 80(2), 91-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2004.04.016

2003

Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., & Neeleman, J. (2003). Effect of antenatal exposure to maternal smoking on behavioural problems and academic achievement in childhood: prospective evidence from a Dutch birth cohort. Early Human Development, 75(1-2), 21-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2003.09.001
Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2003). The neurology of learning and behavioural problems in pre-adolescent children. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 108(2), 92-100.
Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2003). Can breast feeding modify the adverse effects of smoking during pregnancy on the child's cognitive development? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(6), 403-404. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.57.6.403

2002

Batstra, L., van de Wiel, HBM., & Schuiling, GA. (2002). Opinions about 'unexplained subfertility'. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 23(4), 211-214.
Batstra, L., Bos, EH., & Neeleman, J. (2002). Quantifying psychiatric comorbidity - Lessions from chronic disease epidemiology. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 37(3), 105-111.
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