Sanne JW Willems

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About me

I am an assistant professor at the Methodology & Statistics unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. I have strong interest in the communication of statistics and like to collaborate in interdisciplinary projects on this topic.

Research interests

  • Optimal scaling regression, specifically in GLMs and survival analysis
  • Statistics Communication

Selection of current activities

  • Project Optimal Scaling in GLMs, including the development of an R-package
  • Reading group “Statistics Communication and (in)numeracy”
  • Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs, collaboration with Winnifred Wijnker, Ionica Smeets and Peter Burger. Funded by LUF.
  • Chair of Statistics Communication Section of the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVSOR)
  • Implementation of¬†lesson plan to improve critical thinking regarding statistics in secondary school students – lesson plan developed by students from the Science Communication & Society master specialisation (Annelies Smit, Jesse van Welzenes, Manon Boot,¬† Neele Dijkstra and Soraya Schachtschabel)


E-mail: s.j.w.willems “at”