• PhD – Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2005–2010. Specialization: multilingual communication and learning processes.
  • Research Master Linguistics – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2003–2005. Specialization: Applied linguistics, second language acquisition, bilingualism, psycholinguistics.
  • Bachelor Dutch Language and Culture – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2000–2003. Specialization: Language development in children and adults.

Grants / awards

  • 2017: Grant from Nationaal Regieorgaan Onderwijonderzoek (NRO). Title: ‘Onderwijs aan vluchtelingen – Internationale impulsen ter versterking van opzet en inhoud van de professionalisering van leraren’. Co-applicants: prof. dr. Maaike Hajer (HU University of Applied Sciences / University of Malmö, main applicant) and dr. Marian van Popta (Marnix Onderwijscentrum, Utrecht).
  • 2016: Grant from the Dutch council for Primary Education (PO-Raad) awarded to the Lectoreninitiatief Professionalisering Taalonderwijs Vluchtelingenkinderen to write a guide on education to newcomers in the Netherlands.


  • Various courses on applied research, academic and methodological skills, and language and literacy acquisition in educational settings. Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle.
  • DGfS Summer School 2013 on Language Development: Evolution, Change, AcquisitionCo-teacher with prof. dr. Pieter Muysken. Berlin, 12–31 August 2013.
  • Multilingualism – Teacher, Research Master Cognitive Neuroscience and Master Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2010–present.
  • MA thesis supervisor – Masters Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, and Special Education, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2006–present.
  • BA thesis supervisor – Bachelors Special Education and English Language and Culture, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2006–present.
  • Supervisor of assistants – supervision of two trainees and three student assistants, 2011–present.
  • Experimental Research Training – Teacher, Research Master Behavioural Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2008–2010.
  • Statistical and Methodological Consultant – MA Thesis Workplace, Department of Special Education, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2009–2010.
  • Academic and Methodological Skills – Teacher, Bachelor Special Education, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2009–2010.
  • Introduction to Special Education: Learning and Development – Teacher, Bachelor Special Education, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2009–2010.
  • Introductory Statistics – Teacher, Bachelors General Linguistics, Communication Sciences, and Alpha Information Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2005. 

Editorial activities

Ad hoc peer reviewer for

  • Acta Psychologica; Applied Psycholinguistics; Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Cognition; Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics; EUROSLA Yearbook; Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition; Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences; International Journal of Bilingualism; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; International Journal of Multilingualism; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Memory and Language; Language and Cognitive Processes; Language Learning; Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism; Linguistics in the Netherlands; Neuropsychologia; PLOS One; Psychological Science; Second Language Research; The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism (Schwieter, forthcoming); The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Processing (Schwieter, 2015); Multidisciplinary Approaches to Code Switching (Isurin et al., 2009)

Professional activities and memberships

Media and public activities