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Team People and Well-being

The People and Well-being research group bridges the gap between science and well-being, putting people at the centre. Through reliable interventions, we build a caring society for all. We, that is all our researchers within our three lines of research. Get to know them here.

Research manager

Tim Vanhoomissen

Tim Vanhoomissen (Phd) is experienced as a researcher within Social Psychology & Environmental Psychology. He is currently research manager of the Human and Wellbeing research group.

Research line coordinator

Tom Van Daele

Tom Van Daele (PhD) is research coordinator Psychology and technology in the People and Well-being research group. As a clinical psychologist, he conducts research on the added value of technology within mental health care.

Research line coordinator

Dorien Vandenborre

Dorien Vandenborre (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher at the People and Well-being Expertise Centre since 2015. She has expertise in neurogenic communication disorders and qualitative research (in-depth interviews).

Research line coordinator

Wessel van de Veerdonk

For his PhD, Wessel van de Veerdonk - epidemiologist (Msc) and nurse (Bsc) - focused on the Flemish Population Screening for Colorectal Cancer. Today, he is a researcher and coordinator of the Prevention and Empowerment research group.

Valorisation staff

Elias Bosteels

Elias Bosteels (MSc) has been valorisation officer in the People and Wellbeing research group since 2022. He has expertise in clinical neuropsychology and child and adolescent psychology.

Valorisation staff - researcher

Fien Buelens

Fien Buelens (MSc) is a researcher and valorization officer in the People and Well-being research group, research line Psychology and technology. From her expertise, she facilitates the connection between research and practice.

Researcher

Karolien Adriaens

Karolien Adriaens (PhD) has been working in the People and Well-being research group since 2021. She participates in several research projects on transgressive behaviour: Safe Sport Allies and Safe Para Sport Allies, Safe Sport Project, ASOIF project

Researcher

Ivo Bernaerts

Ivo Frans Bernaerts is a psychologist-researcher with a PhD in participation and co-determination at the Open University of the Netherlands. His research focuses, among other things, on the development of psychodiagnostic tools.

Researcher

Sylvie Bernaerts

Sylvie Bernaerts (PhD) is a researcher in the People and Well-being research group, research line Psychology and technology. Her areas of expertise are immersive technology in (mental) health care and ethics committee applications.

Researcher

Isabelle Cuykx

Isabelle (communication sciences - Msc) has been a researcher at Thomas More since September 2023. She participates in the project "Immersive Technology in Healthcare Training" and focused on food and media for her PhD.

Researcher

Annelies De Bruyne

Annelies De Bruyne is a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group. She works at the interface between formal and informal care (informal care). From research, she wants to help build the practice of socialising care.

Researcher

Mieke Decuyper

Mieke Decuyper (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2017. Mieke has expertise in personality diagnostics and the development and standardisation of psychodiagnostic instruments.

Researcher

Remko De Duytsche

Remko De Duytsche, a nursing lecturer, seamlessly blends teaching with a research role since 2023. Contributing to the 'Immersive Technology in Healthcare Training' project, he passionately believes in innovation in both healthcare and education.

Researcher

Ann De Mey

Ann De Mey (MScN) has been working as a researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2023. From her expertise in health care, she is involved in the research project 'Samen aan Z'.

Researcher

Wendy de Vaal

Wendy de Vaal has been a researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2023. Based on her expertise in healthcare, she participates in the research project 'Samen aan Z Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland'. 

Researcher

Nele De Witte

Nele De Witte (PhD) is a researcher in the People and Well-being research group, research line Psychology and technology. Her areas of expertise include wearables and XR. She is also the scientific coordinator of LiCalab.

Researcher

Wendy D'haenens

Wendy D'haenens (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2016. She is an expert in subjective and objective evaluation of hearing, (classroom) acoustics and ICF (WHO) applications within speech therapy

Researcher

Kurt Eggers

Kurt Eggers has a BA in medicine, MA in speech therapy and audiology and PhD in biomedical sciences (KULeuven) and Developmental Psychology (U Tilburg). He is a researcher/teacher of stuttering and brodling at Thomas More.

Researcher

Astrid Geudens

Astrid is a researcher (PhD) in language and reading didactics and has a passion for everything to do with early literacy and early reading. Since 2006, she has actively sought to bridge the gap between scientific research and educational practice.

Researcher

Noortje Hermans

Noortje Hermans (MSc), as a Neuro- and Rehabilitation Psychologist within the People and Well-being Research Group, takes a closer look at neuropsychological diagnostic tools.

Researcher

Steven Joris

Steven Joris (MSc) has been a researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2017. He has expertise in diagnostics, test psychology and mental health policy.

Researcher

Annelies Labaere

Annelies Labaere is a speech therapist and lecturer at Thomas More Antwerp. Together with a team of enthusiastic colleagues, she shapes the voice and speech curricula, coordinates the postgraduate voice course and also conducts research.

Researcher

Felien Laureys

Felien Laureys has been part of the People and Well-being research group since early 2023. She co-supports a project on violence and transgressive behaviour in (adult) athletes within the research line on transgressive behaviour.

Researcher

Heleen Leysen

Heleen Leysen (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being Research Group since 2014. She has expertise in language development disorders in multilingual children.

Researcher

Charlotte Mostaert

Charlotte Mostaert (MSc) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-Being Research Group since 2010. She has expertise in language development disorders and multilingualism.

Researcher

Sabine Nelis

Sabine Nelis has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being Research Group since 2018

Researcher

Kirsten Schraeyen

Kirsten Schraeyen (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the Human and Well-being Research Group since 2004. She has expertise in oral and written language development disorders in a multilingual context.

Researcher

Joke Simons

Researchers

Researcher

Jorien Smets

Jorien Smets holds a PhD from KU Leuven and wrote a doctoral thesis on 'cognitive processes in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder'. As a researcher, she was involved in several projects of the expertise centre People and Well-being.

Researcher

Marlies Tierens

Marlies Tierens (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2012. She has expertise in intelligence measurement, cognitive (highly) giftedness, test development and adaptation.

Researcher

Eva Van Assche

Eva Van Assche (PhD) is a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group, research line Psychology and technology. She focuses on how digital applications (e.g., applications) can contribute to mental health care.

Researcher

Liesbet Van Bos

Liesbet Van Bos has been a researcher at the Expertise Centre Care and Well-being since September 2022. Her focus is currently on co-creative research.

Researcher

Jean-Philippe Van Dijck

Jean-Philippe van Dijck (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2016. He has expertise in cognitive skills, mathematical skills and cognitive neuropsychology.

Researcher

Sabine Van Eerdenbrugh

Sabine Van Eerdenbrugh (PhD) has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2014. An expert in stuttering, she is a member of the international LPTC and EBPracticeNet (Cebam).

Researcher

Dinska Van Gucht

Dinska Van Gucht (PhD) has worked as a lecturer within the Applied Psychology programme since 2013 and teaches General Psychology and Health Psychology.

Researcher

Marlon van Loo

Marlon van Loo has been a researcher in the People and Well-being Research Group since September 2022.

Researcher

Lieve Van Nieuwenhuysen

Lieve Van Nieuwenhuysen has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being Research Group since 2009.

Researcher

Cédric Vanneste

Cédric Vanneste is part of the People and Well-being research group. He participates in research on transgressive behaviour within various contexts. Within the scope of undergraduate theses, he supervises research on exhibitionism, among others.

Researcher

Katrijn Van Parijs

Katrijn Van Parijs has been a lecturer-researcher in the People and Well-being research group since 2013. She has expertise in diagnostics, test psychology, intelligence and neuropsychology.

Researcher

Helena Verhelle

Helena Verhelle has been working in the People and Well-being research group since 2017. Based on her expertise in forensic psychiatry, she participates in several research projects on interpersonal violence. 

 

Researcher

Tine Vertommen

As researcher, Tine Vertommen built expertise in a wide range of topics in criminology and forensic psychology. Today, she focusses on interpersonal violence in general and more specifically in the sport context. 

Researcher

Ineke Wilssens

Ineke Wilssens studied speech therapy science at Utrecht University and has been a researcher at the expertise centre Man and Welfare since 2017. Communicative development and speech disorders form her research area.

Researcher

Toon Colman

Toon Colman (MSc) is a researcher in the People and Well-being group, research line Psychology and technology. As an experimental psychologist, he wants to leverage his methodological expertise for the benefit of (mental) health.