Carolien Torenvliet is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Brain & Cognition, University of Amsterdam. During her PhD on “Cognitive Aging in Autism” she became an expert on how neurodivergent patterns of development, like autism, interact with general aging processes. In her thesis, she tried to unravel whether autistic people might show an altered pace of cognitive aging (slower or faster) compared to their non-autistic peers, and why, and for whom specifically this might be the case. Her research combines an interest in rigorous scientific methods and analyses (i.e., Bayesian/multilevel analyses, good research practices like pre-registration and replication) with a broader interest in clinical neuropsychological practice and the effects on aging on daily functioning and quality of life.
Next to this, Carolien is an enthusiastic teacher and is passionate about sharing her knowledge on clinical neuropsychology, cognition, autism and research methods.
Carolien supervises mastertheses (individual) and bachelorprojects (groups of 5 students). She was also involved in teaching the courses Diagnostics I and II in the bachelor and master clinical neuropsychology. Before she started her PhD, Carolien was a tutor in psychology (year 2) involving statistics, research, and writing courses.