I studied mathematics and psychology, first at the Philips-Universität Marburg. In 1995/96, I spent a year at UCL London and obtained an M.Sc. in Ergonomics (really!). My master project there was about visual search, supervised by Hermann Müller. Back in Germany, I finished my psychology studies at RTWH Aachen and worked with Ralph Radach for my master thesis (‘Diplomarbeit’) on bilingual word recognition. This topic would finally turn out to become my scientific destiny, as it would also (roughly) be the topic of my PhD dissertation. But first, during my study, I was also a student assistant at the RWTH Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics.
After obtaining my psychology degree, I worked briefly with Klaus Willmes at RWTH University Hospital on numerical cognition and ERP’s, before moving to what is now the Donders Centre for Cognition. I received my PhD in 2004 on my dissertation A ROSE is een ROOS ist eine ROSE: Effects of cross-language similarity in multilingual word recognition (supervisors: Ton Dijkstra & Herbert Schriefers). Since that time, I’ve also held positions at the cognitive psychology group of the University of Leipzig (2004-2006), and the language comprehension group of the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics (2007/2008), before returning to the Donders Institute. After finishing my VENI-project (see below) on cognitive mechanisms of L2 ‘fossilization’, I started my own research group on second language learning ‘in the wild’, funded by an NWO VIDI-grant (started in 2014).
I am married, have three daughters and live in Kleve, Germany, which is a 30 min car ride from Nijmegen.
- Ph.D., Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), 2004
- Diplom (M.Sc.) Psychology, RWTH Aachen University (D), 1999
- M.Sc. Ergonomics, University College London (UK), 1996
- Vordiplom (pre-diploma) Psychology, University of Marburg (D), 1995
- Vordiplom (pre-diploma) Mathematics, University of Marburg (D), 1993
- Associate professor at Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud University Nijmegen (since 2016)
- Assistant professor at Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud University Nijmegen (2013-2016)
- researcher at Donders Centre for Cognition (2008-2013)
- post-doc researcher at Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, comprehension group (2007-2008)
- post-doc reseacher at University of Leipzig, cognitive psychology (2004-2006)
- PhD student and (briefly) lecturer at Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (now Donders Centre for Cognition; 1999-2004)
- PhD student at Aachen University Hospital, neuropsychology (1999)
- student assistant at RWTH Aachen University, ergonomics (1996-1999)
Prizes, Grants and Scholarships
- 2014: Aspasia grant to promote women’s careers in science, from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), in connection with vidi grant (below)
- 2013: VIDI grant to start up my own research group, from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Innovational Research Incentives Scheme
- 2007: VENI grant (three years) from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Innovational Research Incentives Scheme
- 1999: “Springorum” Prize of RTWH Aachen for degree with distinction
- 1995/96: Scholarship (one year) for study at UCL London, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)