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Shelley van der Veek

Assistant Professor

Dr. S.M.C. van der Veek
+31 71 527 3767


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.

Download curriculum vitae (2019)

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

Academic awards

  •  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)

Teaching activities

 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.

PhD candidates

  • 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).

See Dutch profile Shelley van der Veek

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Opvoeding en Ontwikkeling

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B21



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