Department: Clinical Psychology (UU) 

Organisation: Association of Dutch Burn Centres, Utrecht University

Country: The Netherlands



Marthe completed her bachelor in Pedagogical Science at Utrecht University, after which she graduated cum laude from the research master ‘Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence’. Still not tired of studying, she obtained her clinical master in ‘Orthopedagogiek’, after which she worked as a mental health clinician for a year. She started her PhD trajectory at the Association of Dutch Burn Centres in August 2014. 

Research topic

Marthe Egberts is a PhD candidate at the Association of Dutch Burn Centres in Beverwijk and at the department of Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University. Together with Nancy van Loey, Rinie Geenen and Peter van der Heijden, Rens is involved in her PhD project as supervisor. Marthe’s project is focused on psychological consequences of pediatric burn injury. She primarily examines child and parent posttraumatic stress reactions with the use of prospective data and advanced statistical modelling (such as multilevel and structural equation models). The other part of her project has a more qualitative nature and is focused on the impact of parental presence during child wound care procedures. 


The PhD project is funded by the Dutch Burns Foundation.

Projects involved

Parents’ posttraumatic stress after burns in their school-aged child: A prospective study

Objective: This prospective study examined the course and potential predictors of parents’ posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) after burn injury in their child (Age 8 to 18 years). Method: One hundred eleven mothers and 91 fathers, representing 118 children, participated in the study.

Longitudinal Modeling

Typical for developmental psychology are models that capture change over time, such as latent growth (mixture) models and to a lesser extent cross-lagged panel models too. Such models have typically been applied aiming to capture change over time in individuals.

Child and adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems 12 months postburn: the potential role of preburn functioning, parental posttraumatic stress, and informant bias

Adjustment after pediatric burn injury may be a challenge for children as well as their parents. This prospective study examined associations of internalizing and externalizing problems in children and adolescents 12 months postburn with preburn functioning, and parental acute and chronic posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) from different perspectives.