I am interested in language development, language development disorders and coherence with other developmental areas in young children and how language degeneration in the elderly can be slowed down. Functioning as a professor in Language Function ＆ Healthy Ageing I bridge the gap between care and education through the Youth, Education & Society research group and the Healthy Aging, Allied Healthcare & Nursing research group. In 2002 I obtained my degree in neurolinguistics at the University of Groningen. In 2005 I obtained my PhD on the development of the language screening instrument Speech and Language Standards First Line (SNEL) at the Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen for which I received two prizes. I am a member of the national scientific council of the Dutch Association for Speech Therapy and Phoniatry.