Lana De Clercq

Lana De ClercqLana De Clercq obtained her Master's degree in Educational Sciences, master in Special Needs Education at Ghent University in 2015. She completed her studies with a master's thesis on the relationship between phenotypic and genotypic characteristics in children with an autism spectrum disorder. After graduating, she worked as a personal assistant and team coordinator at the Ambulant Rehabilitation Center Sint-Lievenspoort for children with a hearing disability. Since 2016, she works at the Department of Special Needs Education. First, as a researcher on projects concerning substance abuse and forensic care (i.e., GEN-STAR study, PROSPER study, implementation and integration of the 'What Works' and 'Good Lives Model').

Second, since February 2017, she started as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Sarah De Pauw. From a transactional perspective on development, her research focuses on the mutual influences of child and parental factors on the psychosocial development of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD), more specifically children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. The research aims to better understand the behavioral variation in children with a NDD and to identify general risk and protective factors as well as disability-specific sensitivities.


Selected publications

De Clercq, L., Van der Kaap-Deeder, J., Dieleman, L. M., Soenens, B., Prinzie, P., & De Pauw, S. S. W. (2019). Parenting and Psychosocial Development in Youth with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome: a Cross-Disability Comparison. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 3(2), pp. 220-234. doi:10.1007/s41252-019-00112-2

Dieleman, L. M., Soenens, B., Prinzie, P., De Clercq, L., Ortibus, E., & De Pauw, S. S. W. (2020). Daily parenting of children with cerebral palsy: The role of daily child behavior, parents’ daily psychological needs, and mindful parenting. Development and Psychopathology, pp. 1-17. doi:10.1017/S0954579419001688

Vandevelde, S., Vander Laenen, F., Mine, B., Maes, E., De Clercq, L., Deckers, L., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2020). Linkage and continuity of care after release from prison: an evaluation of central registration points for drug users in Belgium. International Journal of Prisoner Health.

Vander Laenen, F., De Clercq, L., Vanderplasschen, W., & Vandevelde, S. (2017). Centrale aanmeldingspunten drugs in gevangenissen revisited: verbreding naar alle geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen!?. FATIK154, 17-23.

Vandevelde, S., Naert, J., De Schauwer, E., Meulewaeter, F., Van Hove, G., De Clercq, L., & Vanderplasschen, W. (Eds.). (2017). De integratief-holistische orthopedagogiek van Professor Eric Broeckaert (Vol. 34). Maklu.



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