Dr. Sophie van der Sluis

Dr. Sophie van der Sluis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Functional Genomics & the Department of Clinical Genetics of the VU Medical Center, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) at VU University Amsterdam. In 1998, she received her MSc. in Psychological Methods from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Between 1998 and 2004, she worked on her PhD research at the Department of Education at the University of Amsterdam. After post-doctoral positions at the Psychological Methods Department of the University of Amsterdam, and the Biological Psychology Department of the VU University Amsterdam, she started her current position at the Department of Functional Genomics in 2009. Her current work is partially funded by a personal VENI scholarship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO/MagW).

Van der Sluis’ previous research has focused on measurement issues in the context of group comparisons with respect to cognitive ability. Since 2005, she works in the field of behavioural genetics, where she aims to integrate her psychometric background with recent developments in genetics research, specifically genetic association studies (i.e., the search for genetic variants underlying phenotypic variation) and gene-environment interaction studies. Since receiving a VENI grant in 2009, her work specifically focuses on the question how the success of genetics research is affected by the way cognitive traits are measured, operationalized and conceptualized.

Key papers:

Van der Sluis et al., Molecular Psychiatry, 2012
Van der Sluis et al., PLoS Genetics, 2013
Aarts et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2014
Nagel et al., Nature Communications, 2018