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DR Sanne Oostermeijer




  • Sanne Oostermeijer (PhD, MSc, BSc) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, School of Population and Global Health. She is currently working on the PHN Lead Site project ( She has a background in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Master of Science, VU University). As part of her PhD (VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands) she researched the underlying cognitive and neurobiological processes of adolescent antisocial behaviours (please refer the following link for an e-book copy: Focus areas included: reactive/ proactive aggression, executive functioning, social cognitions and structural brain development. Other interests include: the autonomic nervous-system and impulsivity/compulsivity. She has experience in collaborative research (e.g. Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre and Brain & Mental Health lab), evaluation projects and policy-based research. In the Netherlands (2016-17) she was working on a national evaluation project investigating a radical policy reform in the Dutch juvenile justice system, providing more tailored and local treatment for young offenders. She is passionate about finding local solutions and promoting service integration and person-centred care in both the juvenile justice system and the mental health care system.    


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2017
  • MSc, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2010
  • BSc, University of Amsterdam 2008

Awards and honors

  • The Victorian Design Challenge award, the national gallery of victoria, 2018