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Johan Vanderfaeillie

Johan Vanderfaeillie

Professor, Psychology and Educational Sciences
+ 32-2-629 36 52


Prof. Dr. Johan Vanderfaeillie's research focuses on support to and wellbeing of unaccompanied minors. He works at the VUB Department of Clinical & Life Span Psychology, Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences.



  • Master in Educational Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1989)
  • PhD in Eductional Sciences. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2004)



  • Inleiding in de orthopedagogiek [Introduction to Orthopedagogics]
  • Opvoeding & opvoedingsproblemen [Education & Educational Problems]
  • Handelend diagnosticeren [Action-Oriented Assessment]
  • Fysieke beperkingen & zieke kinderen [Physical Impairments & Ill Children)
  • Gevalstudies orthopedagogiek [Case Studies in Orthopedagogics]
  • Orthopedagogische stage [Orthopedagogic Apprenticeship]
  • Gedetailleerde beschrijving van elk opleidingsonderdeel [Detailed description of contents and requirements of each course]


Research & PhD Students

Research Domains

Youth care with a particular interest in family foster care (
The parenting & education of children with somatic complaints
See also here.

PhD Students

  • Skrållan De Maeyer
  • Femke Vanschoonlandt
  • Tim Stroobants
  • Ramona Simut
  • Marijke Robberechts


 Core Publications

Vanderfaeillie, J., Van Holen, F., & Coussens, S. (2008). Why do foster care placements break down? An study into the factors influencing foster care placement breadown in Flanders. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, 11, 77-88.

Vanderfaeillie, J., Dick, H., Willems, D., Lampo, A., & Vandeplas, Y. (2008). Somatic symptoms in children: Perception and recognition by the parents. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 678.

Click here for a complete list of publications & presentations.



  • Teamlid van het Referentiecentrum Autisme van het UZBrussel
  • Teamlid van het Referentiecentrum Chronisch Vermoeidheidssyndroom van het UZBrussel



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels