Behavioral & Social Sciences

shahSheetal Shah, Ph.D.

Head of Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Specialization: Counseling

Bio: Sheetal (Agarwal) Shah has been a Consulting Psychologist and Counselor in practice since 1999. She specializes in the field of counseling for chronic illnesses viz. epilepsy and HIV/AIDS.  She was responsible for designing, setting up, and managing a help line for telephonic counseling in India (the 1st of its kind in Asia for Population Services International, Washington), specializing in issues related to HIV/ AIDS and sexuality. She has also been affiliated with various academic institutions for training and supervising counselors at the post graduate level.  Having completed her M.A. (Psy.) in U.K. (University of Sussex) and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in India (S.N.D.T. University) she is well sensitized towards the cultural issues that influence the clientcounselor dynamics. 

She is currently Head of Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Webster and is working on a research project for Webster Leiden  Campus

called the BIJLMER PROJECT. The project’s main objective is to address the psychosocial needs of trafficked women and men in the Netherlands.


aspriaMarcello Aspria, M.A.

Specialization: Digital Health Care, Qualitative Research

Bio: Marcello Aspria obtained his Master’s in Sociology (1997) and in Gender and Sexuality Studies (2009) at the University of Amsterdam, and is currently a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on sociotechnical dependencies in online/digital health care. Marcello taught various qualitative research methods courses (basic and advanced) as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on management and innovation in health care, quality and safety in health care, and governance and policy sciences.  He was a thesis supervisor and co-reader at iBMG from 2010 to 2016.


alansariSali Al-Ansari, M.Sc.

Specialization: Psychopathology

Bio: Drs. Sali Al-Ansari is a medical doctor and a researcher. She finished her Master’s of Science degree in Medicine (University of Groningen, The Netherlands).

She worked for the surgery department, finding her position in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery unit. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, she works part time at the prison hospital and has experience treating psychiatric patients.


campbellCraig Campbell. Ph.D.

Specialization: Interpersonal Communications

Bio: Dr. Campbell (Craig) earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2009. He previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee, and Queen Margaret University. Simultaneously, from 2002 he received clinical training in homeopathic medicine and psychotherapy at the National Health Service (NHS), Centre for Integrated Health, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and subsequently practiced in NHS Scotland and Marie Curie Cancer Care. He was Lead Clinician at NHS Homeopathic Clinic in Dundee, receiving complex referrals from Central Scotland--specialising in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as mental health and end-of-life issues and decisions. He subsequently moved to Vienna where he was faculty at the Webster Vienna campus. Dr. Campbell is passionate about facilitating new learning and making the integration of research, theory and practice accessible and easy to understand for students. His current research interests are psychology of language and communication, particularly in the study of conversation, and talk and discourse in institutional settings and everyday life.


fitzgeraldChristine Fitzgerald, M.A.             

Specialization: Developmental Psychology, Stress Management

Bio: Christine Fitzgerald is one of the co-founders of Vivace: Professional Development, an organization specializing in management training, seminars, workshops, and coaching. Before moving to Holland in 1985, she worked in marketing research & strategic long-term planning, project management, and corporate training for Chemical Bank (now Chase) in New York City. A magna cum laude graduate of Pace University, she received her M.A. in developmental psychology from Columbia University.


godijnRichard Godijn, Ph.D.

Specialization: Cognitive Psychology

Bio: Dr. Richard Godijn is a cognitive psychologist educated in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) who has worked as an experimental psychologist at the University of Illinois and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition to teaching at Webster University, he currently teaches at the Amsterdam University College, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. He lives in Lelystad with his wife and three children.


Bethany Hipple, Ph.D.

Specialization: Health policy, Research methods

Bio: Bethany Hipple Walters obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1999 and her Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2002. She defended her Ph.D. in December 2015. She has worked as a health services researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2004 and currently works at Trimbos.


kairiDespoina Kairi, M.A.

Specialization: Clinical Psychology

Bio: Despoina Kairi acquired her Bachelor of Psychology in Athens. During that time, she studied for 6 months in South France, as an exchange student. In 2011, after having worked in a community house with people suffering from psychological disorders and mental retardation, she came to the Netherlands and acquired her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Leiden University. She was trained in life coaching during her studies, and her main interest is on how therapy contributes to the improvement of people’s life suffering due to psychological/psychosomatic disorders. Currently, she is participating in a project in Amsterdam regarding intercultural adaptation of expatriates in the Netherlands. 



kustnerStephanie Kustner, M.Sc.

Specialization: Pedagogy

Bio: Ms. Baumgarten-Kustner obtained her B.A. Psychology from the University of Oregon (USA) and her M.Sc./drs. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leiden (NL).  She has worked as a psychologist for the Dutch special education system as well as in pediatric mental health. In addition, she works privately as a psychologist, primarily as a diagnostician. Along with teaching at Webster, she currently teaches at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS) and has had experience teaching English within the Dutch school system at primary, secondary, and adult levels as well as translating works from Dutch into English. She lives in Voorburg with her husband and three children.


leembruggenBeth Leembruggen, Ph.D.

Specialization: Counseling, Cross-Cultural Psychology

Bio: Dr Leembruggen holds a Doctorate degree in Education from Boston University, having completed a dissertation in Psychology on cross-cultural adaptation and identity development. She holds an Honours M.A. in Counseling and an M.A. in Theology; post-graduate studies include Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland . She was an exchange scholar at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where she studied Kulturwissenschaft.She lectures at Webster University, Leiden in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department. She taught at Azusa Windesheim at the Free University, Amsterdam, lecturing in Human Growth & Development, Family Relations, Crisis Intervention, Counselling, and Introduction to Psychology, Communications, Psychology of Religion, and Comparative Religions. She was senior lecturer and thesis advisor for the M.Ed. program at National Louis University, Heidelberg, Germany and taught in the social/behavioral sciences at the City College of Chicago-Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany.

She is the owner/director of Dr. Elisabeth Leembruggen Consultancy: Counselling and Education Services. She worked with NATO/US Forces in Wiesbaden, Germany as lead counselor for the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (formerly ACAP); with Azusa-Windesheim at the Free University, Amsterdam; the New Business School of Amsterdam; and the Hilversum Christian Center. She is a member of the Webster University Counseling Center team serving as university counselor.



loizouEleftheria Loizou, M.A.

Specialization: Special Education, Adolescent Psychology

Bio: Eleftheria Loizou graduated from the University of Athens with a degree in Education and later on earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the same university. Following, she acquired her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University. She has been trained in special education as well as child and adult psychopathology and assessment. Working as a learning support assistant and special education teacher, Eleftheria has gained experience with children and adolescents with special educational, emotional, and developmental needs. She currently works as a teacher at an international setting and as a Learning Support Coordinator at the Webster Leiden Campus.


noomMarc Noom, Ph.D.

Specialization: Developmental Psychology

Bio: Marc Noom is a developmental psychologist, who finished his M.A. in 1992 at the University of Amsterdam. In 1999, he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht, on the topic of the development of adolescent autonomy. Subsequently, he was an assistant professor at the University of Leiden, on the topic of developmental psychopathology and youth care. At this department, he started to specialize in evaluation research. Subsequently, he worked as a principle investigator at various mental health centers. First, at “De Bascule” in Amsterdam, an academic center for child and adolescent psychiatry. Second, at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), both at the department of child and adolescent psychiatry, and at the department of adult psychiatry. Third, at “De Viersprong”, a mental health center specialized in the treatment of personality disorders in adolescent and adult patients. He currently works as a senior researcher at the department of psychiatry at the Zaanstad Medical Center (ZMC), and at the department of child and adolescent psychiatry of the Mental Health Center in Eindhoven (GGzE). He is very familiar with research on clinically relevant topics, both in academic settings and in clinical settings. Most of his research is focused on “what works, for whom, under which circumstances and why?”


odonnelErika O’Donnel, M.A.

Specialization: Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Bio: Erika O’Donnell is a registered psychologist. She has completed two Master’s degrees in Psychology, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Health Psychology, and is therefore specialized in the treatment of both clinical and behavioral psychological issues. In the past, she worked in forensics, dealing with aggression and personality disorders and set up the expat division of PSYQ in the Hague. She is currently in a private practice, where she incorporates a variety of psychological approaches (CBT, Person Centered, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Self-Regulation), tailoring interventions to suit each individual’s unique needs and way of being. She works with individuals, couples, families, and groups and does a lot of supervision of counsellors in training, starting out in private practice or as the external supervisor of counsellors in the workplace. She is a registered member of The Psychological Society of Ireland and a member of The British Psychological Society and the Nederlandse Instituut van Psychologen.


pieterMaria Pieter, M.A.

Specialization: Neuropsychology

Bio: M.S. Pieter’s background is in neuropsychology.  Her research interests are in the neuropsychological sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cognitive rehabilitation in TBI, epilepsy, and dementia.  She is currently in the 3rd year of her doctoral studies in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. Her current research is on the psychophysiological parameters of emotional intelligence.


vanderreeGerard van der Ree, Ph.D.

Specialization: International Relations Theory

Bio: Gerard van der Ree studied Latin American studies and International Relations at Utrecht University. He graduated on the subject of the Chilean democracy and democratization after the dictatorship of Pinochet. In 2007, he obtained his Ph.D. from Leiden University on modernization through elite projects in Chile. Currently, he is working as a teacher in International Relations theory at Utrecht University College. His specialties are IR theory, methodology, and philosophy of science.


sanchezHumberto Sanchez, Ph.D.

Biologist Dr. Humberto Sánchez was educated in Madrid (Universidad Autónoma, Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: 2001) with research and teaching experience at universities in Spain, Japan, and the Netherlands. He is currently developing his research activities at the Technical University of Delft, where he studies the individual ‘behavior’ of molecules that maintain genetic information. He has published more than 20 research articles, as well as several book chapters, on different aspects of the genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology of DNA metabolism.


tjokroTravellia Tjokro, Ph.D.

Travellia Tjokro earned her PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focused on language and brain lateralization (i.e., the functionality of the right and left cerebral hemisphere on language functions). She had some training in the use of brain recording techniques such as EEG (Electroencephalogram) and brain imaging MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). She has experience in the use of DVF – Divided Visual Field technique, one of the most common behavioral-based techniques in studying brain lateralization. Her research had been presented in various Cognitive Neuroscience Society meetings. Dr. Tjokro spent six years at the National University of Singapore as a lecturer on various psychological subjects. She has developed a new module in cognitive neuroscience, chaired a committee for the operationalization of blended learning, performed various teaching duties from beginner to advanced classes, as well as served as the advisor for the student psychological society.

weilleKatie Lee Weille, Ph.D.

Specialization: Psychotherapy

Bio: K.L. Weille is a licensed psychotherapist who has practiced (since 1987) and taught (since 1992) in a variety of clinical and university settings in the United States, England, and the Netherlands. Her areas of special interest, teaching, research, and publication have included specific issues in psychoanalytic personality and developmental theories, sexuality and paraphilia, psychological trauma, and child psychotherapy. Ms. Weille did her undergraduate and graduate work in the United States at, respectively, Wesleyan University and Smith College. Currently, she is completing doctoral research for the University of London, while living and maintaining a part-time psychotherapy practice in Amsterdam.


kateavis Kate Avis, M.Sc.

 Specialization: Clinical Psychology

 Bio: Kate graduated from Leiden University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She has   worked for a number of years as a therapist at PsyQ International treating patients with a wide variety of  disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma and personality disorders. Kate has also worked for two years as an academic teacher at Erasmus University teaching international psychology students. She is currently doing her PhD at the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) in Amsterdam. Her PhD focuses on developing an eHealth intervention to prevent the development of chronic psychiatric symptoms in youth. 


 stellagrylliaStella Gryllia, Ph.D.

 Specialization: Theoretical Linguistics, Research methods

 Bio: Dr. Stella Gryllia earned her PhD in Linguistics from Leiden University in 2009. Prior to that, she obtained her MPhil in Linguistics from Leiden University, and her BA in Philology from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). After receiving her PhD, she moved to Berlin and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam (Germany). During the past four years (2014 – 2018), she was employed by Leiden University, carrying out research for the project “Understanding Questions”. During these years, she also taught statistics to BSc and MA students of linguistics and supervised a number of MA and PhD theses. Her research interests include prosody and its interfaces with other modules of the grammar, as well as quantitative methods in linguistics.


paulrakowski Paul Rakowski, M.A. & M.Sc.

 Specialization: Trauma Informed Therapy, Addiction/Recovery

 Bio: Paul Rakowski holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Missouri State University. He is credentialed in the United states as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He has over 12 years of experience as a trauma informed therapist and specializes in trauma, addiction/recovery, couples’ therapy and clinical supervision. Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provide a strong foundation for his work with clients.

In addition to his clinical practice, Paul has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education program at the University of Colorado Denver and at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. He has also taught courses in Biology, Health/Wellness and Animal Behavior as well as First Year Experience courses for incoming university students. Paul is a strong advocate for social justice within public health and currently volunteers at De Regenboog Groep in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


iberni Elisabetta Iberni, Ph.D.

 Specialization: Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Diagnostic assessment

 Bio:  Elisabetta Iberni is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, trained in both analytical psychology and relational psychoanalysis. Since September 2016, she has been an individual member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology as well as contributing to the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Born and raised in Italy, she completed her PhD on the clinical applications of attachment theory at the University of Rome ‘Sapienza,’ and later completed a second doctoral research project within the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytical Studies at the University of Essex. Currently she works bilingually (Italian/English) for a private practice in The Hague, Netherlands. Between 2009 and 2016, she worked as a clinical psychologist from a multicultural perspective in different organizations in a post-conflict setting and as a human rights observer with minority groups in Kosovo.


 hevalMihriban Heval Ozgen, MD, Ph.D.

  Specialization: Psychiatric genetics, psychopathology, psychopharmacology

  Bio: Mihriban Heval Ozgen is a psychiatrist at Parnassia Academy, the Netherlands. Ozgen received her PhD on the genetics of Autism from the University of Utrecht, department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and department of Medical Genetics. Then she completed her residency on psychiatry in the Netherlands, with a final product synthesizing her genetics and psychiatry backgrounds, by focusing on the pharmacogenetics of addiction. Currently, her research is focused on understanding the role of stress and trauma, their intergenerational inheritance and possible consequences for addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, with a particular focus on cultural psychiatry. She has published extensively in research journals and has delivered many invited presentations on both research and training matters and has supervised numerous projects at the post graduate level. She is the research coordinator of i-psy (intercultural psychiatry department) at Parnassia Groep and serves on the board of the Transcultural Psychiatry section of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NvVP).