I am a clinical psychologist and sexologist. From 2000-2009 I was active as clinical psychologist in the field of general pediatric and pediatric haemato-oncology (University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium). In 2009 I joined the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven, Belgium) to conduct my doctoral research on “Parenthood by donor conception: Exploring (intended) parents' experiences and disclosure behaviour. I earned my PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leuven (2013). Since 2014 I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Lampic & Wettgren research group at Karolinska Institutet and a fellow at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO, KU Leuven). I have a unique combination of research and clinical experiences in the field of medical psychology, more specifically in the field of human reproduction, infertility, and sperm, egg or embryo donation.
- 2014 - : Post-doctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet
- 2014 - : Post-doctoral fellow at Centre of Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium
- 2013: PhD in Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium
Thesis: Parenthood by donor conception: Exploring (intended) parents' experiences and disclosure behaviour.
- 2008: Master in Sexology, KU Leuven, Belgium Master thesis: Pubertal gynecomastia: self-concept, sexual body image and relational sexual development in early adolescence.
- 1998: Master in Clinical Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium Master thesis: A life-long lie: the nosological position of the Münchhausen syndrome
My current research explores and compares societal perceptions of donor-conceived families in European countries that differ in culture and legislation regarding donor conception.
Academic honors, awards and prizes
2016-2017: Cofas-2, Incoming International Postdoc Fellowship, Forte
2013 (March-April): Brocher Foundation Centre, Génève (CH)