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L.I.M. Lenferink PhD (Lonneke)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an assistant professor at the University of Twente, University of Groningen, and Utrecht University (NL) and a visiting researcher at the University of New South Wales (AUS). My research is focused on the definition, assessment, prediction, and treatment of disturbed grief in bereaved adults and children.  

In projects among people who experienced losses because of a long-term disappearance, homicide, MH17 plane disaster, traffic accident, and COVID-19 I examine risk factors and treatment of distress. I have authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles.

As main applicant/principal investigator, I received funding (> 830.000 euros) for nine research projects, including a NWO Veni-grant in 2022. As co-applicant, I received funding (>250.000 euros) for four research projects. Funding agencies that financially supported my work are Fund Victim Support, Dutch Ministry of Justice and Safety, NWO, SASS, Stichting Catharine van Tussenbroek, and Utrecht University Fund.

Additional roles:
1. Editor for special issue on grief in Frontiers in Psychiatry (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/23195/consequences-and-aftercare-of-a-traumatic-loss-of-a-loved-one) (2021-current)
2. Ad-hoc reviewer for several academic journals (see my Publons profle: https://publons.com/researcher/1735940/lonneke-im-lenferink/)
3. Board member of the Dutch Society for Psychotrauma (see www.ntvp.nl). This is a society for therapists and researchers working with psychotrauma. It consists of 600+ members and 8000+ LinkedIn followers. (2019-current)
4. Finance/Research officer Bereavement Network Europe (community that connects European professionals working with bereaved people) (2020-current)
5. Teacher in research practice at PPO (a post-master education for clinical psychologists) (2019-current)
6. Editorial board of Impact Magazine (https://oorlog.arq.org/nl/impact-magazine-0) (2021-current)
7. Review committee member Dutch Veterans Institute (Nederlands Veteranen Instituut)

Co-promotor
PhD Candidate Iris van Dijk (2020-2024)
PhD Candidate Lyanne Reitsma (2020-2024)

PhD Committee member
PhD Sander Vos (2021)


 

 

Expertise

Medicine & Life Sciences
Bereavement
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Depression
Grief
Latent Class Analysis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Psychopathology
Social Sciences
Grief

Publications

Recent
Lenferink, L., Nickerson, A., Kashyap, S., de Keijser, J., & Boelen, P. A. (Accepted/In press). Associations of dimensions of anger with distress following traumatic bereavement. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
Lenferink, L., Liddell, B. J., Byrow, Y., O'Donnell, M., Bryant, R. A., Mau, V., McMahon, T., Benson, G., & Nickerson, A. (2022). Course and predictors of posttraumatic stress and depression longitudinal symptom profiles in refugees: A latent transition model. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 146, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.12.009
Lotzin, A., Krause, L., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Darejan Javakhishvili, J., Kazlauskas, E. , Lenferink, L., Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Tsiskarishvili, L., ... ADJUST study Consortium (2021). Risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic: First results of the ESTSS COVID-19 pan-European ADJUST study. European Journal of psychotraumatology, 12(1), [1964197]. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2021.1964197
Soydas, S., Smid, G. E. , Lenferink, L. I. M., Djelantik, A. A. M. J., Goodfellow, B., Wilson, R., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Psychopathology in a treatment-seeking sample of homicidally bereaved individuals: Latent class analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 292, 234-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.05.026
Kokou-Kpolou, C. K., Park, S. , Lenferink, L. I. M., Iorfa, S. K., Fernández-Alcántara, M., Derivois, D., & Cénat, J. M. (2021). Prolonged grief and depression: A latent class analysis. Psychiatry research, 299, [113864]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113864
Lenferink, L. I. M., de Keijser, J., Eisma, M. C., Smid, G. E., & Boelen, P. A. (2020). Treatment gap in bereavement care: (Online) bereavement support needs and use after traumatic loss. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 28(4), 907-916. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2544
Eisma, M. C., Stelzer, E-M. , Lenferink, L. I. M., Knowles, L. M., Gastmeier, S. K., Angelopoulou, M., Doering, B. K., & O'Connor, M-F. (2020). Wish you were here: The Dutch, German, and English Yearning in Situations of Loss Short Form. Journal of clinical psychology, 76(10), 1995-2014. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22977
Lenferink, L. I. M., Nickerson, A., de Keijser, J., Smid, G. E., & Boelen, P. A. (2020). Trajectories of grief, depression, and posttraumatic stress in disaster-bereaved people. Depression and Anxiety, 37(1), 35-44. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22850
Boelen, P. A., Eisma, M. C., Smid, G. E. , & Lenferink, L. I. M. (2020). Prolonged grief disorder in section II of DSM-5: a commentary. European Journal of psychotraumatology, 11(1), [1771008]. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2020.1771008

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Current Projects

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In the press

Media outlet highlights
Original title [English title]

Link
Date (day/month/year)

  1. Interview Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad
    Zoektocht naar vermiste Samuël gestaakt: ‘We moeten nu accepteren dat hij niet gevonden wordt’ [The search for Samuël discontinued: ‘We now need to accept that he will not be found’]
    https://www.ad.nl/amersfoort/zoektocht-naar-vermiste-samuel-gestaakt-we-moeten-nu-accepteren-dat-hij-niet-gevonden-wordt~abf93ac13/
    28/9/2021
  2. Interview professional Dutch magazine Vakblad Uitvaart
    Grotere kans op rouwstoornis door corona [Increased risk of a grief disorder due to corona
    ]
    https://uitvaartmedia.com/webshop-vakbladuitvaart/
    01/12/2020
  3. Interview Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad
    Hoe rouw je in tijden van corona? [How to grieve in times of COVID?]

    https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/hoe-rouw-je-in-tijden-van-corona-ik-heb-het-afscheid-in-kleine-kring-juist-als-prettig-ervaren~a0d5bb43/
    28/10/2020
  4. Blog Nederlandstalige Vereniging voor Psychotrauma
    Yalom: “Get in therapy; go through your own issues!”

    https://www.ntvp.nl/yalom-get-in-therapy-go-through-your-own-issues/?mc_cid=0da9d4e3b2&mc_eid=dce7448dc8
    23/10/2020
  5. Interview Dutch national radio Radio1
    Radio 1: Online rouwen tijdens pandemie [Grieving online during pandemic]

    https://www.nporadio1.nl/fris/onderwerpen/66163-2020-10-11-online-rouwen-om-coronadoden-kan-dat-wel
    11/10/2020
  6. Dutch national t.v. Nieuwsuur
    Hoe is het om door corona nooit echt afscheid te kunnen nemen van je geliefde [What is it like to never really say goodbye to your loved one because of corona?]

    https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/video/2350976-hoe-is-het-om-door-corona-nooit-echt-afscheid-te-kunnen-nemen-van-je-geliefde.html
    04/10/2020
  7. Online Dutch article published by Fund Victim Support
    Afscheid en rouw in tijden van corona
    [Farewell and grief in COVID-19 times]
    https://slachtofferwijzer.nl/nieuws/afscheid-en-rouw-in-tijden-van-corona/
    30/03/2020
  8. Live-interview Dutch national radio Radio1
    Impact op achterblijvers van vermiste is enorm [impact on those left behind after a disappearance is huge]
    https://www.nporadio1.nl/langs-de-lijn-en-omstreken/onderwerpen/526611-impact-op-achterblijvers-van-vermiste-is-enorm
    22/01/2020
  9. Interview Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad
    Hierdoor maakt de vermissing van Dirk Dalebout meer los dan andere zaken
    [This is why the disappearance of Dirk Dalebout results in relatively more reactions than other cases]
    https://www.ad.nl/dordrecht/hierdoor-maakt-de-vermissing-van-dirk-dalebout-meer-los-dan-andere-zaken~acdd2aa7/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
    11/08/2019
  10. Interview Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad
    Bijna 300 vermiste Nederlanders: het kan ook jou overkomen [Nearly 300 missing Dutch people: it could also happen to you

    https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/bijna-300-vermiste-nederlanders-het-kan-ook-jou-overkomen~a45b335a/
    24/02/2019
  11. Interview Dutch national newspaper Volkskrant Magazine
    "Ik zou zo graag willen horen uw kind is dood"
    [“I would like to hear your child is dead”]
    https://www.volkskrant.nl/kijkverder/v/2019/ik-zou-zo-graag-willen-horen-uw-kind-is-dood/
    16/02/2019
  12. Interview Dutch professional magazine "de Psycholoog"
    Tussen hoop en vrees [In limbo]

    https://www.tijdschriftdepsycholoog.nl/artikelen/tussen-hoop-en-vrees/
    05/10/2018
  13. Interview Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad
    "Hardnekkige rouw om een vermiste" [Disturbing grief after someone is missing]

    https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/06/18/hardnekkige-rouw-om-een-vermiste-a1606943
    18/06/2018
  14. Online interview for Dutch national news NOS
    Mensen die hoop houden na de vermissing van een dierbare hebben de meeste klachten [People who maintain hope after the disappearance of loved one have the highest distress]

    https://nos.nl/op3/artikel/2196589-mensen-die-hoop-houden-na-de-vermissing-van-een-dierbare-hebben-de-meeste-klachten.html
    06/10/2017
  15. Interview regional Dutch newspaper “de Stentor”
    Achterblijvers van vermisten in therapie
    [Relatives of missing people in treatment]
    www.destentor.nl/nieuws/achterblijvers-van-vermisten-in-therapie~a476fb96/
    06/06/2016
  16. Live regional Dutch television interview Omroep Brabant
    88 Brabanders langdurig vermist
    [88 people from the region Brabant are long-term missing]
    https://youtu.be/kpWTcZs8P1E
    04/01/2015

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