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Our RITHA International Team

Ms. Monic Schijvenaars, MA.  

Ms. Monic Schijvenaars is the Director of Education of the Radboud Centre for Social Sciences. 

RITHA Academic Lecturers

Our RITHA lecturers have an immense expertise and enthusiasm. They truly care about your understanding of the most recent and important theories on gifted education ánd know how to teach you how to implement this knowledge into your day-to-day practice. They are easy to connect to. Guiding, nurturing and inspiring you, both online and ‘live’- interactive and personal.  

Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen 

  • Programme Director of the Radboud International Training on High Ability - RITHA (Specialist, Practitioner, I C Talent),

  • PhD, registered Developmental Psychologist, 

  • President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA)

  • Researcher at the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI, Radboud University)

  • Coordinator and lecturer Masters' Specialisation in Gifted Education (Radboud University)

  • Member of the Supervisory Board National Talent Centre of the Netherlands (NTCN)

  • Board member of the Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany)

Dr Lianne Hoogeveen is Programme Director of the RITHA programme. She is also the coordinator and one of the lecturers of the Master Specialisation ‘Gifted Education’ at Pedagogical Sciences, Radboud University. She is member of the Research Group Radboud Talent In Ontwikkeling (RATIO) (Radboud Talent in Development), which is part of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI).

As a mental health psychologist, she examines and counsels gifted children, adolescents and adults at CBO Talent Development in Nijmegen. She is the President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).

Lianne Hoogeveen is a guest lecturer in several European and non-European universities. She is involved in scientific research on giftedness and education in cooperation with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands.

Sven Mathijssen, MSc.  

  • Vice programme Director of the Radboud International Training on High Ability - RITHA (Specialist, Practitioner, I C Talent)

  • Editor in Chief for Talent, a popular-scientific journal about giftedness

  • External PhD candidate (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

  • LOC member of the Bildungskongress of the Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany)

  • Full member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA

Sven Mathijssen is vice programme director of the Radboud International Training on High Ability (RITHA) and lecturer in the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) training. The programmes train students to become ECHA-Specialist in Gifted Education.

Sven studied Psychology (track: Child & Adolescent) at Tilburg University. During his training, he was an intern at the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO Talent Development). After his graduation, he worked there as a developmental psychologist.

Besides his activities as vice programme director and lecturer, Sven an external PhD candidate at Tilburg University. In his doctoral research programme, he analyzes human figure drawings of (potentially) gifted children. The goal of this research programme is to develop an instrument with which young children (3-6 years), whose educational needs are not met within the regular school curriculum, can be more easily detected. Since January 2021, Sven is the Editor in Chief for ‘Talent’, a popular-scientific journal about giftedness.

Dr. Enyi Jen

  • RITHA Lecturer, Educationalist, Radboud Centre for Social Sciences (Radboud University)

  • PhD in Gifted, Creative and Talented studies (Purdue University, USA)

  • M.Ed. in Gifted Education (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

  • Gifted Education License (Purdue University, USA)

  • National Teaching Certificate in Language Art (Chinese), Taiwan

  • National Teaching Certificate in Counseling (Taiwan)

Enyi Jen is a lecturer at Radboud University.

Enyi started her career in the field of giftedness as a secondary school teacher. She was a gifted education coordinator and also taught affective curriculum for 7 years. Enyi got her master degree in gifted education and her thesis was “The study of the verbal characteristics of talented preschoolers in the Multiple Intelligences (MI) program.”  She received her PhD degree at Purdue University in the United States in 2015. Her dissertation was " Incorporating a Small-Group Affective Curriculum Model into a Diverse, Summer Program for Talented Youth: A Design Based Research Study." 

During her time at Purdue University, she was the coordinator of different talent development student programs. She supervised teachers and camp counselors to serve the learning and social-emotional needs of high-ability students. After graduating, Enyi became an instructor of the gifted education licensure program and also taught doctoral-level thesis writing preparation course at Purdue University and joined the RITHA team.  

Enyi is an active member in the field of gifted education, she teaches, publishes, serves as journal reviewers, and provides professional development to different educational settings by requests. Her research interests and expertise include talent development, the social and emotional development of gifted learners, professional development, qualitative methods, and design-based research.

Liesbet Stam - Gommans, MSc.  

  • RITHA Lecturer, School Psychologist, CBO Talent Development / RadboudCSW (Radboud University)

  • Master in Pedagogy, Learning and Development (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

  • School Psychologist, Registered Child and Youth Psychologist through NIP (Dutch Assiciation of Psychologists)

  • ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education

  • Primary School Teacher

Liesbet works at the Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO Talent Development) since 2006. Firstly mainly aiming at psychological assessments and school visits in which opportunities for children who need something ‘different’ from regular education. She was also a teacher in enrichment classes (CBO Vooruitwerklab) that were developed at the CBO Talent Development. Some years later she became also a lecturer in the precursor of the RITHA programme. She has focused most on the practical implications of the theoretical knowledge the students gained in the first part of the programme.

Since the RITHA programme started to develop in 2017 Liesbet has been involved in the re-provision of the practical content of the programme. The combination of her background in teaching primary school pupils and the process of developing into the school psychologist she is today, with a firm focus on positive psychology and its implications, is an added value in the part she plays within the RITHA programme.

Mariska Poelman, MSc. 

  • RITHA Lecturer at Radboud University Centre for Social Sciences

  • Director & Special Education Expert at CBO Talent Development

  • ​Master in Pedagogy,  Learning and Development (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

  • GZ-Psychologist ( BIG-registration)

  • Board Member of the National Talent Centre of the Netherlands (NTCN)

  • Full member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA

Drs Mariska Poelman is a registered psychologist and an experienced expert in development of gifted children, adolescents and adults.

At CBO Talent Development she practices Positive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

In the annual CBO Group Screening she heads a team that supports over 80 secondary schools to identify and guide gifted children.

As a lecturer for the ECHA/RITHA training, she teaches practical modules combining theory and practice. Students who specialize in Identification and Counseling can develop themselves with Mariska guiding them in the process, as she is not just teaching, but also coaching. Mariska supervises thesis research by ECHA-trainees.

In addition to her work for CBO Talent Development and Radboud University, she is a member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and a board member of the National Talent Centre of the Netherlands (NTCN).


RITHA Guest Lecturers

Prof. David Cropley

  • PhD, Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia

David started his career as a naval officer in the United Kingdom, before joining the South Australian Institute of Technology as a lecturer in electronic engineering in 1990. Following the establishment of the University of South Australia in 1991, he completed a PhD in Measurement Systems Engineering in 1997, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002.

David began exploring creativity in 1996, conducting research to understand better the role that creativity plays in technological problem solving. Over the last 20 years, his research interests have expanded to include the measurement of product creativity; the measurement of innovation capacity in organisations, creativity in schools and education, creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.

David is the author of eight books on creativity including, Femina Problematis Solvendis – Problem-Solving Woman: A History of the Creativity of Women (Springer Nature, 2020); Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and; Fostering Creativity: A Diagnostic Approach for Higher Education and Organisations (Hampton Press, 2009).

Dr. María Cadenas Borges

  • Psychologist/PhD in Psychology

She is working at the European University of Canary Islands, Spain (Universidad Europea de Canarias) as a lecturer teaching courses in Psychology and Research.

In 2017 she won a research grant for working as a postdoc at Karakter-Radboud UMC where she carried out a project about ADHD and high intelligence.

Since 2010 she has been a member of the Research Group on Giftedness (GTISD, in Spanish) and she worked as an instructor in an enrichment program for gifted children for eight years. Her doctoral thesis was focused on the socioemotional development of children with high intellectual abilities and more specifically in their social behaviour within the classroom.

She has carried out two research stays at the Center for Research in Giftedness (Centrum voor Begaafdheidsonderzoek-CBO, in 2014 and 2016, where she has collaborated in different projects related with gifted education and supervised bachelor and master students.

Dr. Elizabeth Loh Ka-yee

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • Director of Double Degree Programmes (BA&BEd – English & Chinese; BEd&BSocSc; BEd&BSc), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • Assistant Dean (Knowledge Exchange), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • CEO, m-Chinese Solution Ltd.

​Dr Elizabeth Loh Ka-yee is the Assistant Professor, Programme Director of Double Degree Programmes and Assistant Dean (Knowledge Exchange) of the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong.

She is also the Chief Executive Officer of m-Chinese Solution Ltd., a start-up company, using AI and ICT to facilitate second languages teaching and learning. Her research interests include IT-assisted language learning, effective pedagogies for Chinese language learning, and learning motivation. She has published numerous books, journal articles, and mobile applications in these areas. In the role of the principal investigator, she has led a number of large-scale projects funded by UGC, QEF, the Language Fund, the SIE Fund, and TSSSU. She and her teammates have received awards from international research associations and HKU alike in recognition of their contributions to the field of education.


Supporting Staffs

Lonneke Luycks, MSc.

  • Educational Scientist/coordinator at RITHA, Radboud Centre for Social Sciences (Radboud University)

  • MSc. in Educational Science (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

Lonneke studied Educational Sciences at Radboud University. Since 2006 she works for the Radboud Center for Social Sciences.

In recent years she has worked on a number of major educational projects, such as the switch to digital learning and the shift to competence-based learning, in addition to her role as coordinator and manager.

At the moment she is focuses as an educational expert on promoting educational innovation in existing RadboudCSW programs, developing new innovative programs, and supporting and facilitating teachers and supervisors in this. Her drive is to shape postgraduate education in such a way that it meets the wishes of the individual student and that it leads to transfer of learning: that students actually perform better in their profession.

Sanne Raven, MA

  • Managing coordinator

  • MA Intercultural Communication (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

Sanne studied Communication and Information Sciences at Radboud University, and completed her Master's in Intercultural Communication at Utrecht University. She has been working for Radboud Centre for Social Sciences since 2017.

Sanne works as a coordinator for the Dutch RITHA groups and is responsible for overall RITHA tasks like the budget and planning of the different RITHA groups and lecturers.

Barbara van Ginneken, MSc.

  • International Policy Officer, RITHA World | Coordinator

  • MSc. Psychology of Culture and Religion

Barbara van Ginneken obtained a Masters Degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion, and always worked in an international context. She is interested in how people, cultures, habits and behaviour differ, and how to create an inclusive society in which we keep room for all those differences peacefully. She pasionately believes knowledge should be shared in order to improve the world. Therefore education needs to be internationalised. Interested in international cooperation? Feel free to contact Barbara.

Ava Kam, MA, MSc.

  • International Policy Officer, RITHA Asia | Coordinator

  • MA Chinese Language and Literature (the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

  • MSc. Padagogical Sciences (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

  • Qualified RITHA & ECHA Specialist

  • Member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA)

Ms Ava Kam obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s in Arts in Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Hong Kong, followed by an MSc in Pedagogical Science, majoring in Gifted Education at Radboud University. 

She has been working in Hong Kong and the Netherlands in the field of project management, education, administration and publication. She has organised conferences, workshops and teacher trainings locally and internationally for knowledge exchange. Ava currently works for the RITHA programme as a internationalisation policy officer . She has obtained the RITHA and ECHA diploma as the Specialist in gifted edcation in 2020. contact Ava