Department: Department of Clinical Child & Family Studies

Organisation: Utrecht University

Country: The Netherlands



Rianne received her bachelor degree in Pedagogical sciences and her master degrees in the research master 'Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence' (cum laude; best student award of the year) and the master 'Orthopedagogics' (cum laude) at Utrecht University. During her Orthopedagogics master she worked at the Outpatient Clinic for (Preschool) Children with Behavioral Problems, Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). Rianne is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Utrecht University. 

Research topic

In her PhD project, Rianne aims to examine processes that explain how and under what circumstances recent family disruption following divorce affects children’s adjustment over time. Based on family systems theory, multiple interrelated processes of all family subsystems will be examined. By linking behaviours on a micro- (observations), meso- (daily diaries), and macro-timescale, her longitudinal study will able to bridge the gap between divorce-related assumptions made in clinical practice and empirical research. Rianne is fortunate to consult Rens about Bayesian statistics, research with small samples, and other statistical issues.