Collaborators - Autism



Lex Stockmann lexstockmann.jpg

Lex is a psychiatrist and the director of Centrum Autism, Oegstgeest. In this function, Lex stimulates collaboration between university researchers and professionals who work with children with autism on a daily basis. This collaboration is encouraged in order to increase scientific knowledge, and to contribute to the improvement of the assessment and treatment of this specific group.


Yi Li

Dr. Li Yi, PhD

Dr. Li Yi works in Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology at Peking University, China. She is an expert on face processing, social cognition and cognitive abnormalities in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently, we are collaborating with her and her team on a KNAW-funded project on emotion understanding in ASD children in the Netherlands and China.



Shuyuan Feng, MSc

Shuyuan is the PhD student of Dr. Li Yi at Peking University, China. She is also collaborating with us on the KNAW-funded project on emotion understanding in ASD children.


Bibi Huskens


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Bibi is staff member of the Research and Development Division of the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis in Doorwerth. The Dr. Leo Kannerhuis is a specialized child and adolescent psychiatric institute offering differentiating methods of care and treatment for people with autism. As a staff member, Bibi is concerned with a couple of research projects and the development of education and training of staff and students. One of her research projects will focus on the implementation and evaluation of Pivotal Response Training in the Child Clinic.

KennethProf. Kenneth Gadow


Kenneth works at the University of New York (Stony Brook) and he is an expert on comorbidity in children and adolescents with ASD. 


Sander BegeerSander Begeer

Sander Begeer is a lecturer at the Vrije University in Amsterdam, and works on theory of mind and related topics in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In his research, Sander focuses on the question why children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder develop differently in their understanding of other people‚Äôs minds and how this can be affected.

Annette van Zijp 

Annette van Zijp is a clinical psychologist, and works at the Centre for Autism, Voorburg. Her studies on empathy in this particular group of children are in close collaborations with the Emotion Focus lab. Annette also participates in our research groups that compare children in different groups with communication problems (e.g. ASD and deaf children), and her expertise is greatly valued for the development of new instruments.

Andrea C. Samson, PhD


Andrea Samson has done her PhD at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), did a 5-year postdoctoral stay at Stanford University, and is now a senior researcher at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA) at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Her research focuses on positive affective processes including the study of sense of humor, as well as emotion regulation in non-clinical and clinical populations with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently she is focusing on the development and testing of a novel positive emotion regulation training for individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Moreover, with a team at CISA she is developing a board game to teach emotion regulation to children. To know more about her research, see and