Dr. Ruth Van der Hallen is an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In 2012, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Psychology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, majoring in Clinical and Health Psychology. In 2016, she obtained a Doctorate in Psychology for her dissertation titled “Little things, big things: Perceptual organization in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” and a Postgraduate degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for her dissertation titled “The fall of the Wall: On renewed (sexual) desire and identity” at the KU Leuven, Belgium.
Her current research is focused on "Resilience in face of mental health challenges". As a research and clinical psychologist, she investigates how each of us deals with adverse circumstances and aims to further our understanding of mental health. Current projects include (1) an international survey study on the impact of client suicide in mental health practicitioners, (2) a mixed-method investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on families with ASD, (3) a large-scale investigation of the relationship between coping, defense and our tendency to lie and (4) a citizen science-based intervention on coping and resilience in (young) children. Her research typically includes children, adolescents as well as adults, clinical and non-clinical pathology and a diverse range of research methods (longitudinal, cross-sectional, citizen science, interventional, network analysis). Topics of interest include individual differences, coping, trauma, suicide prevention, well-being, psychopathology, lying, secrecy, VR/AR technology, e-health, interventions, open science, network analyses and SEM. Open to collaborate and open to invites from the media.
In terms of teaching, Dr. Van der Hallen is active within the Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Clinical Psychology at the EUR. She is the coordinator of a master course on “Personality Disorders” and pratical on "CBT 2: Therapeutic Techniques", supervisor of both research and practical internships and facilitator of peer-to-peer consultation sessions. She is available as guest lecture on topics related to coping, personality (pathology) and psychodynamic practice.
Dr. Van der Hallen has been active as a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist since 2012. She specializes in one-on-one psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults that present with personality pathology, issues related to gender or sexual identity, (sexual) trauma, suicide survivors and loss.
Ruth Van der Hallen (3 oktober 2022) - Televisieseries over moordenaars: voor de een genieten, voor de ander een hel.
Linda Dekker, Femke Truijens, Susan van Rijen & Ruth Van der Hallen (25 augustus 2022) - Impact van COVID-19 op gezinnen met kinderen met ASS: De impact op ouders & blik op de toekomst. [Webinar]
Ruth Van der Hallen (30 maart 2022) - Psyche and popcorn: a reflective movie night
LP (Linda) Dekker, FL (Femke) Truijens, L.W.E. (Linde) Hooijman & RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen (10 december 2021) - The impact of COVID-19 on families with children with ASD – Implications for (mental) health care and educational professionals. (WEBINAR)
Ruth Van der Hallen (31 oktober 2021) - Arachnaphobia online
Linda Dekker & Ruth Van der Hallen (24 september 2021) - Voorlopige bevindingen – zorg en informatiebehoeften van gezinnen met kinderen met ASS. Science Hotel – Nacht van de onderzoeker.
RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen (18 augustus 2021) - Peuters in tijden van corona. Mondkap af, knuffelen maar.
RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen (8 juli 2021) - Ruth Van der Hallen learned that it’s OK to make mistakes in therapy when she read De naakte therapeut
RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen (24 maart 2021) - Ruth Van der Hallen on how her citizen science project helps children become more resilient
RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen (15 maart 2021) - The impact of client suicide in mental health practitioners. [Webinar]
Ruth Van der Hallen & Yuhan Hu (2022) - Social and emotional well-being of student in school context: a cross-cultural perspective
Matthias Wieser, Marta Andreatta, Ruth Van der Hallen, Yvonne van Everdingen, Janna Papma, Anita Jamshidnejad, Bart De Schutter, Rafael Bidarra & Michael Weinmann (2021) - The use of state-of-the-art VR technologies for diagnosis and treatment of socio-affective cognition deficits in mental disorders – From bench to bedside
Ruth Van der Hallen & Novika Purnama Sari (2021) - The use of state-of-the-art VR technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
Linda Dekker, Ruth Van der Hallen, Susan van Rijen & Femke Truijens (2021) - Closing webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families with children with autism spectrum disorder
LP (Linda) Dekker, RER (Ruth) Van der Hallen, EHM (Susan) van Rijen, FL (Femke) Truijens, K (Kirsten) Visser, S.C. (Anneke) Louwerse & D Bastiaansen (2020) - ZonMW – COVID-19 second wave focus area 2 – Bottom up
Ruth Van der Hallen (2019) - Drones interacting with children with autism via dance-movement therapy.