Personal information

Paula  Sterkenburg

Professional interests

Persons with intellectual disabilities:

  • Attachment
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Psychological stress
  • Visual impairments
  • Trauma
  • Psychotherapy/treatment


Persons with intellectual disabilities:

  • Clinical assessment with children and adolescents
  • Interuniversity course: Support and care for persons with intellectual and multiple disabilities
  • Educational Counseling

Supervising internships (Master)
Supervising Bachelor and Master theses
International student exchange


Next to working as a assistant professor at the VU, from 1994 therapist at the Department of Psychotherapy of Bartiméus

1991: Master Clinical Psychology (Dept. Psychology, North-West University of Potchefstroom in South Africa)
1993: Master Developmental Psychology (Dept. Psychology, University of Utrecht in The Netherlands)
2002 registered as Healthcare-Psychologist (BIG gz-psycholoog)
2004 registered as General Educationalist (NVO Orthopedagoog Generalist)
2006 registered as Supervisor at the National Association of Educationalists in the Netherlands (NVO).
PhD.2008: Intervening in Stress, Attachment and Challenging Behaviour: Effects in Children with Multiple Disabilities. (promotor: prof. dr. C. Schuengel; co-promotor: dr. C.G.C. Janssen)

2007 Award of the Dutch Association of Health Care Providers for People with Disabilities / VGN Gehandicaptenzorg prijs