I am Femke, an enthusiastic, inquisitive, critical, thorough, innovative, open-minded, human-focused & holistic researcher and thinker. I love scientific methods, psychology, philosophy, critical thinking and overly simple questions – those that are often forgotten to be asked and therefore complex to trace, let alone to answer. If you’re looking for inspiration, references, conversation, critical discussion, I am more than up for it, so feel free to contact me.

What I do?

  • PhD researcher, working on the intersection between Clinical Psychology and Philosophy of Science, with a passion to reinstall the question mark in human science.
  • Teacher of qualitative and quantitative research methods, research ethics and integrity, academic skills, philosophy of science and academic writing.
  • Psychotherapist and conversation partner for gifted (young) adults, based in The Hague (website)
  • Mama, partner, colleague & friend, a very lucky one

As a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology and Philosophy of Science at Ghent University, I am focused on the scientific foundations of ‘Evidence-Based Treatment’. I study the validity of research methods that are predominantly used to gather ‘evidence’ for the efficacy of psychological treatments. I analyse how ‘evidence’ is realised by scrutinising how data is collected or created, how such individual data together become ‘the data’ and how these subsequently travel through data-analysis to become ‘evidence’ for therapeutic efficacy. I let patient-participants narrate about how they experience their role in this process, to reach a realistic and clinically relevant elaboration of how ‘scientific facts’ are derived. I ask the most basic questions of scientific conduct, that all too often are not asked out loud.

= The public defence of my PhD research is held at September 9th, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium =


Als Promovenda Klinische Psychologie en Wetenschapsfilosofie aan de Universiteit Gent richt ik me op de wetenschappelijke basis onder ‘Evidence-Based Treatment’. Ik onderzoek de validiteit van onderzoeksmethoden die worden gehanteerd om evidentie te verzamelen voor effectiviteit van therapieën.  Ik vraag me af hoe ‘evidence’ tot stand komt, door uit te pluizen hoe ‘de data’ wordt verzameld of gecreëerd en hoe die data vervolgens een weg aflegt door het wetenschappelijk analyseproces tot op het niveau van ‘bewijs’ voor therapie-effectiviteit. Hierin laat ik patiënt-participanten aan het woord om een klinisch relevant en gedetailleerd beeld te krijgen van de processen die uiteindelijk tot wetenschappelijke ‘feiten’ leiden. Kortom, de simpelste vragen die toch vaak niet gesteld worden, vormen de basis van mijn onderzoek en wetenschappelijke/wetenschapsfilosofische papers.

= De openbare verdediging van mijn proefschrift vindt plaats op 9 september 2019 te Gent, België =

See categories on top of the page for published scientific and philosophical papers, teaching courses, theses & essays, and psychological and art project writings!

Where I am? Where I love to be

Born, raised & visiting as often as possible in Amsterdam

Working at Ghent University, Ghent (Belgium)

Living in The Hague (The Netherlands)

Where to find me?

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae

CV Time Line

Bibliography & Conference Papers:

Research Gate 


Ghent University – Biblio

Psychotherapie & Gesprek – Hoogbegaafde (jong)volwassenen: