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Our RITHA International Team

Ms. Monic Schijvenaars, MA.  (Monica Petronella)

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  (Alida Johanna Maria)

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

  • PhD, registered Developmental Psychologist, 

  • ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education,

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

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

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

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

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 Radboud University.

As a mental health psychologist, she examines and counsels gifted children, adolescents and adults at CBO Talent Development in Nijmegen. She is member of the General Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), president of the qualification committee of the European Talent Centers and vice-president of the Education Board of 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  (Adriaan Cornelis Sven)

  • RITHA Vice Programme Director

  • MSc in Psychology (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

  • University Teaching Qualification (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

  • Certificate Psychodiagnostic Assessment (the Dutch Assiciation of Psychologists)  

After graduating in 2012, Sven became part of the staff as a developmental psychologist at the Center for the Study of Giftedness, until March 1st, 2019. 

Sven is also a lecturer for the ECHA-training, a post-graduate program by the European Council for High Ability. Attending teachers and psychologists are trained to become ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education. Sven teaches a theoretical introduction to giftedness, makes and assesses exams, assesses written reports, and supervises (thesis) researches done by ECHA-trainees.

Besides his activities as vice programme director and lecturer, Sven is an external PhD candidate at Tilburg University. In his doctoral research program, he analyzes human figure drawings (HFDs) of highly gifted children. The goal of this research program is to develop a screening instrument for analyzing HFDs; a step-wise scoring system, with which talented children who are in need of more challenge than is offered by the standard school curriculum can be more easily detected at an early age.

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 Educaiton (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

  • Gifted Education Licence (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 in a selective high school in Taiwan for 5 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.  

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, qualitative methods, and design-based research.

Liesbet Stam - Gommans, MSc  (Elisabeth Huberta Johanna)

  • 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 started her career in the field of giftedness as an intern at the Center for the Study of Giftedness. This internship was part of her masterdegree in pedagogical sciences. After graduating, she became part of the staff as a pedagogical scientist. Her job consists mainly of advising parents and teachers in how to deal with the child at hand, or with children at a more casestudy level. 

She also tests of and (profoundly) observes primary school aged children. Liesbet has also a degree in teaching at primary school level and that combination is an asset when speaking with individual teachers or schoolteams.

Liesbet is also a teacher for the ECHA-training, a post-graduate program by the European Council for High Ability. Attending teachers and psychologists are trained to become ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education. Liesbet teaches in the practical modules, where theory and practice come together. Enrichment and counseling are two streams in which a student can develop him-/herself and Liesbet will guide him/her in this proces, for it is not just teaching, but also coaching!

Mariska Poelman, MSc.  (Mariska Nicolette)

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

  • Psychologist

  • Specialist in Special Education

  • Teachers' College for Primary Education

Mariska Poelman is a registered psychologist with a Masters gedree in Psychology. She is a Specialist in Special Education. She is qualified by the Teachers' College of Primary Education. Currently, Mariska works at CBO Talent Development as a psychologist, amongst more, coordinating the CBO Group Screening. Mariska is happy to be able to share her knowledge as a RITHA lecturer. 
In addition to her work for Radboud University, she is a member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).

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 four books on Creativity including Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 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.

Prof. dr. Christian Fischer

  • Psychologist, internationally recognised expert on gifted education and self-regulated learning.

Supporting Staff

Lonneke Luycks, MSc.

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

  • MSc. in Educational Science

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

  • Marketing and communication/coordinator

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 is responsible for marketing and communication at RITHA, and she works as a coordinator both for the Dutch as the international RITHA groups. 

Ava Kam, MA, MSc.

  • International Policy Officer, RITHA Asia | Coordinator

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 officer while doing the RITHA programme herself.

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.