Anna van Spanje studied psychology at Utrecht University, specializing in child and adolescent psychology. Also at Utrecht University, she completed the research master Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA). Next, she worked as a researcher at the Department of Social Psychology at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, where she also received her Ph.D. (2014). Her thesis Older Adult Unemployment in Spain: A Diary Study on Emotions, Affect Regulation, and Job-Seeking Behavior resulted in recommendations for the policy of Spanish worker’s union UGT to decrease unemployment among people aged 55 years and over.
When she returned to the Netherlands in 2013, Anna started working at the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Since February 2017, Anna van Spanje works at Hogeschool Utrecht. As a teacher she coached students of the bachelor program ‘Pedagogiek’ during their graduation phase. As a researcher for the research group Youth she is involved in several projects about topics like foster care, education, prevention, and mental health care.
Youth, society, and health are, either combined or separate, central themes in Anna’s work. She finds social relevance and practical suitability to be essential in her work.