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Dr Marike Polak is affiliated as an associate professor to the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS) as a member of the Methods & Skills team. In this role she is involved in various research activities as a statistical expert. Furthermore, she carries out teaching activities concerning research methods & statistics education, as well as professional skills education. She also actively contributes to educational development, for instance as coordinator of the academic skills learning line in the curriculum renewal of the Bachelor programme of Psychology. Moreover, she is chair of the Examination Board of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB).

Her research interest are: psychometrics (with a special interest in validation methods for clinical diagnostic instruments, assessment of personality disorders, test development and individual differences); evidence-based research & validation; applied research in the field of (mental) health care. As a researcher she collaborates with other researchers both within as well as outside of the department. External collaborations include projects with mental health care professionals affiliated to the Developmental Profile foundation (stichting Ontwikkelingsprofiel), who focus on psychodynamic assessment of personality pathology. She is co-supervisor of Laura van Riel's PhD project "The added value of diagnostics of personality functioning in outpatient psychotherapeutic patient groups" at VUmc Amsterdam.

In addition, she has teamed up with researchers at Erasmus Medical Centre, where she is involved in various projects of the Department of Clinical Genetics, such as the assessment of informed decision-making. As an active member of the Dutch Committee on Tests and Testing (COTAN) of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen, NIP) she has been involved in drawing up the Guidelines for the Use of Tests 2017. Lastly, she is a staff member of the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS).  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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