Shelley van der Veek
My research experience lies in applied research that unites theories and methods from family studies, clinical psychology, and health psychology. Many of the projects I have performed focus on the treatment or prevention of health related issues within families. I performed a treatment trial on family-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for children with medically unexplained abdominal pain for my dissertation. I currently co-supervise a large multicenter RCT aimed at promoting healthy eating patterns in infancy, collaborating with Wageningen University and commercial partners. Other topics I am interested in are the relation between excessive crying in infancy and parental mental health and the prevention of overweight/obesity in childhood. Finally, I find dissemination and implementation or our research results to society very important. This is why, amongst other things, I co-authored a book on medically unexplained abdominal pain in children for parents and professionals.
Current research projects
- Part of the program group Parenting, Child Care and Development
- Involved in following research projects (amongst others):
- Baby's eerste hapjes, an RCT aiming to promote vegetable acceptance and healthy eating habits from the very first start of eating solid foods: www.babyseerstehapjes.nl
- Thuis in de opvang, an RCT aimed at optimizing the transition for infants from home-care to professional day care: spark.adobe.com/page/xSyW5Y1Qot4AQ
Nominated for Casimir teaching award, Faculty of Social Sciences (2019)
Excellent teacher award, Education and Child Studies (2018)
Young researchers award, European Health Psychology Society (2009)
Bachelor level courses:
- Introduction to psychology (coordination + lectures)
- Family studies ("Gezinspedagogiek"; lectures)
- Observation of family interactions (lectures)
- Parenting advise ("Praktische pedagogiek"; lectures)
- Bachelor theses
- Healthy City Lecture Series (course for bachelor program Urban Studies; coordination + lectures)
Master level courses:
- Prevention and intervention programs in families: design and implementation (coordination + lectures)
- Internship master specialization Parenting and Child Development (coordination + internship meetings + supervisor)
- Master theses
Member of the program committees ("opleidingscommissie") of both Education and Child Studies and Urban Studies.
- Dr. Roxanna Camfferman. Happy Healthy Homes: The role of parenting in early childhood overweight (2017)
- Merel van Vliet, MSc. Baby's Eerste Hapjes (ongoing).
- Sanne de Vet, MSc. Thuis in de opvang (ongoing).