Rowella Kuipers

About Rowella Kuipers

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Rowella Kuijpers grew up in Wijchen, a neighbouring village of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She received her master degree in Developmental Psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (1999) and has been a registered mental health psychologist with a post-graduate clinical degree (GZ-psychologist) since 2005. Currently she is working as a mental health psychologist at the Radboud Ambulatorium Youth team, an academic outpatient mental health facility, belonging to the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also teaching at the department of Educational Science (Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Onderwijskunde) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2015 she received her PhD concerning the evaluation of a child self-report instrument (The Dominic Interactive). Her main interests are in development, assessment, and prevention and intervention of child and adolescent anxiety and depression (with a focus on anxiety), and psychological screening and assessment in general.

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Biography and Research Interests

As a clinician, teacher, as well as a researcher Rowella has always been interested in bridging the gap between those three areas. Researching clinical techniques and programs, transferring scientific knowledge through education, and implementing the state-of-the art findings into clinical practice has always been her overarching perspective. This has been intensified since 2010 when she became an active member of the Academic Workplace Youth in Nijmegen, a collaborative initiative between several regional clinical agencies, the educational College (HAN) and University (RUN), and the municipality of Nijmegen to improve child and youth mental health care, specifically concerning internalizing problems (anxiety and depression). Within this collaboration she has been working on several research projects testing the effectiveness of depression and anxiety prevention and intervention programs. She was also involved in developing and giving training modules, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on anxiety and depression intervention techniques (CBT and exposure) and programs (Op Volle Kracht and Dappere Kat), and she engaged in translating and implementing research findings to clinical practice. Recently she has been involved in a national consortium concerning prevention and intervention of anxiety and depression in youth. Her research interests focuses more and more on finding out how specific techniques can be most effective and efficient in treating child and adolescent anxiety, especially in the daily clinical practice where children and families often do not fit the well-defined diagnostic criteria and clinicians cannot adhere to the strict protocollized intervention programs. Specifically, she wants to find out what factors increase the benefits of exposure in child anxiety treatment.