Experiences

Lonneke

ALUMNI EXPERIENCES

LONNEKE LENFERINK

University of Groningen

PhD student

Lonneke is researching the emotional experiences of people who have reported a loved one missing and of those who have lost loved ones in a disaster. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE?

At high school I was certain I wanted to go to an academy of music to sing jazz. After two and a half years of doing that, I was ready for a new challenge. At the time, I was fascinated by eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), traumas and forensic psychiatry. A psychology course seemed the obvious choice. 

WHAT ARE YOUR ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION?

As a PhD student, I am studying the emotional consequences that occur when a loved one has gone missing. The first stage is to chart the various emotional issues and related factors by means of a survey. The next is to examine the effects of different psychological treatments on those left behind in a randomized clinical study. Seelevenmetvermissing.nl for more information (in Dutch and in English). In addition to this research, I have been involved in another research project since 2015, focusing on the surviving relatives of disaster victims. 

HOW MUCH OF THE KNOWLEDGE YOU GAINED DURING YOUR STUDIES DO YOU USE IN YOUR CURRENT WORK?

My interest in scientific research was aroused whilst I was working on my Bachelor’s thesis. After my Bachelor’s, I opted for a Master’s that would involve a substantial thesis, as I wanted to be able to throw myself into setting up and conducting research. In addition to that, I held several graduate teaching assistant positions, which meant I could get some experience in several different kinds of research. The knowledge I gained during my psychology studies, especially in the last few years, has become an indispensable part of my PhD project. 

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE? 

My main target at the moment is to deliver the best PhD thesis I possibly can. I would like to spend a few weeks abroad working with other trauma researchers during my PhD. When I have completed my PhD, there will only be one thing that matters to me and that is that I keep developing myself as a researcher.

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