Carlijn Bergwerff works as Assistant Professor at the Programme Group Clinical Neurodevelopmental Studies. She is particularly involved in clinical education for bachelor’s and master’s students. She received a Grassroots grant for innovation in education, for the development and implementation of interactive 360° videos (virtual reality) in a bachelor’s course. In her research, Carlijn focuses on measuring neurocognitive functioning of children through virtual reality.
Carlijn obtained her master's degree in Child & Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University (2012), after which she started her PhD research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Within this research she focused on the role of nutrients in children with ADHD. In addition, she studied neurocognitive profiles and sleep problems in children with ADHD and developed an emotion recognition task for children. In 2017, Carlijn obtained her PhD degree at the department of Clinical Neuropsychology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the thesis entitled "Food for thought: Novel insights into childhood ADHD".
During her PhD trajectory, Carlijn was involved in various other activities, including coordinating a grant application. For the grant application "Reducing and optimizing methylphenidate use in children and adolescents with ADHD", an amount of 250,000 euros was awarded by the Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars. She was also involved as coordinator of a guide for practitioners, entitled: "ADHD, an update: Current state of scientific insights regarding diagnosis and treatment of ADHD".
Besides her work at the university, Carlijn works as a child psychologist in basic mental health care.
- Master psychologist SKJ - registered with the Kwaliteitsregister Jeugd
- Basic registration of psychodiagnostics
- Als ZZP-er werkzaam in een psychologenpraktijk