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Leonie Vreeke

Assistant Professor

Dr. L.J. Vreeke
+31 71 527 2727

Leonie Vreeke is an assistant professor at the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

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Short CV

Leonie Vreeke is an assistant professor at the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

Leonie studied Developmental- and Educational Psychology at Leiden University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2013 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research project under supervision of Prof. Dr. P. Muris was called "Early screening of anxiety problems in young Dutch children from various ethnic backgrounds". In this longitudinal PhD project, she examined the role of an anxiety prone temperament and overprotective parenting in the development of anxiety problems. After her PhD, she was a senior researcher at Yulius Mental Health Care. In this position, she supervised junior researchers, PhD students and a clinical psychologist on various (EU funded) research projects, mostly Randomized Controlled Trails on the effectiveness of new, innovative treatments for youth with ADHD. From 2015 till 2020 she worked as an assistant professor at Utrecht University at the Department Clinical Child and Family Studies.


Her main research interest are studying the interplay between individual characteristics such as anxiety, temperament/personality and parental factors such as overprotection in the development of psychosocial problems. By studying these factors, she aims to improve the effectiveness of (preventive) interventions to help children at risk at developing psychosocial problems. She recently received a 400.000 euro ZonMw grant to study the effectiveness of an early intervention for anxiety prone toddlers. This study will be conducted in collaboration with several societal partners such as the GDD Amsterdam, ‘t Kabouterhuis and Prezens. A PhD student will be appointed at Leiden University to work on this project.   


As a lecturer at Leiden University and as a PhD student at Erasmus University, Leonie Vreeke gained experience in developing, coordinating and teaching theoretical and practical bachelor and master courses. In addition, she supervised several bachelor and master theses and was involved in developing the master ‘Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology’ at Erasmus University. At Utrecht University, she was involved in clinical courses such as ‘Clinical assessment of developmental and parental problems’ and the supervision of Clinical Internships as well as supervising master thesis students. In addition, she was involved in developing a new course in which first year bachelor students study societal issues and make an effort in translating scientific results into practical advices for policy makers and parents.

At Leiden University, Leonie is involved in the courses ‘Advanced Psycho Diagnostics’ and ‘Interpersonal Professional Skills’ and she supervises clinical internships and master theses.


Basic Accreditation in PsychoDiagnostics, Dutch Institute of Psychologists

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


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