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Sandy Overgaauw


Dr. S. Overgaauw
+31 71 527 6644

Sandy Overgaauw is a postdoctoral researcher in the Clinical Psychology unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.  

More information about Sandy Overgaauw

She obtained her Master’s degree in Education and Child studies (specialization Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies) at Leiden University. During her PhD project Sandy investigated the development of neural correlates of empathy in healthy children and adolescents. The objective was to gain understanding of developmental changes and individual differences in empathic concern as well as the relation with social behavior.

Funded by the NWO VIDI grant obtained by Dr. Ellen de Bruijn, Sandy is currently focusing on the role of self-focused attention in social performance monitoring in individuals with psychopathy in order to identify the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms.

Additionally, the research Sandy performed during her PhD project will provide a starting point to further investigate individual differences in developmental pathways in clinical populations. Her research interest: learning from errors, self-focused behavior, social mistakes, learning from other’s mistakes, and empathy.

Visit the following websites for more information:


  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Klinische Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B29A



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